‘Big Boy’ Steam Locomotive Stops in St. Louis Area

The historic locomotive is the only one of its kind still in service.

ST. LOUIS — A historic train is making a cross-country tour and has just completed its stop in St. Louis.

Big Boy #4014 started in Wyoming and winds its way through Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Colorado.

Big Boy is the largest and most powerful steam locomotive in operation in the world. There were 25 locomotives made and eight survive.

This locomotive was used until 1959. It was restored in 2019 and returned to service for the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railway.

Big Boy drove through St. Louis, Kirkwood, Pacific and Washington, Missouri on Monday. Then it heads to Jefferson City, Lees Summit, Independence, and Kansas City. He will cross Kansas on his way to Denver next weekend. It will stop in Cheyenne, Wyoming on September 7. View the full program here.

If you missed the train, you can still see one in St. Louis. The Transportation Museum exhibits one of the eight remaining Big Boys.

The locomotive weighs over a million pounds.

Trains can be dangerous and cannot stop quickly. Always assume the tracks are active and stay alert for lights, signals and crossing arms. Do not encroach on train tracks, even for photos of a neat train.

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Jose P. Rogers