The world’s largest steam locomotive returns with ‘The Big Boy 2021 Tour’


Hardin, Texas, the stop is part of the Big Boy Tour






Twenty-five Big Boys were built exclusively for Union Pacific, the first of which was delivered in 1941 to handle the steep terrain between Cheyenne and Ogden. Of the eight still in existence, No. 4014 is the only working Big Boy in the world.

Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014 will embark on “The Big Boy 2021” tour on August 5 to celebrate railroad heritage and the communities Union Pacific serves. This is the first tour since the locomotive was restored for the 2019 “Great Race” tours celebrating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railway. The multi-year restoration took place at Union Pacific’s steam shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming, after a retirement that spanned six decades.

“Weighing 1.2 million pounds, the Big Boy makes a strong impression in the communities it visits, reminding us of days gone by and the important role the railway continues to play in our global economy,” said Scott Moore. , Senior Vice President – Corporate Relations. and administrative director. “This summer, we’re proud to announce that the Big Boy will return to tour 10 of the states and hundreds of communities served by Union Pacific.”

#4014 will leave the Steam Shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming on August 5, making brief whistle stops in communities in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. The locomotive will be exhibited in the following cities:

  • Saturday, August 14: Fort Worth, Texas
  • Tuesday, August 17: Houston, TX
  • Saturday, August 21: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Sunday, August 29: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Monday, September 6: Denver, Colorado

To view the full schedule, go online to https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule. In Liberty County, there will be a stop on Wednesday August 18 at the County Road 2009 crossing in Hardin. The train should arrive at 12:30 p.m. and leave at 1:15 p.m.

No. 4014 will return to Cheyenne after the stopover in Denver. Fans interested in getting the latest news about Union Pacific’s Steam schedule and notifications of schedule updates can join the Union Pacific Steam Club at http://up.com/SteamClub.

Twenty-five Big Boys were built exclusively for Union Pacific, the first of which was delivered in 1941 to handle the steep terrain between Cheyenne and Ogden. Of the eight still in existence, No. 4014 is the only working Big Boy in the world. The other seven can be found on display in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Denver, Colorado; Frisco, TX; Green Bay, Wis.; Omaha, Nebraska; Scranton, Pennsylvania; and St. Louis, Missouri.

Union Pacific strongly encourages visitors to keep safety in mind when viewing and photographing #4014 during its journey. For everyone’s safety:

  • Remember that trains cannot stop quickly to avoid people or vehicles on the tracks.
  • The distance and speed of a train can be deceiving.
  • The average train overhangs the track by at least three feet – take extra care and step back at least 25 feet.
  • Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and rights-of-way are private property.
  • Never assume tracks are abandoned or inactive – always expect a train.

the Check out the Union Pacific wagon, a traveling multimedia exhibit offering a glimpse into the past while telling the story of today’s railroad, will accompany the Big Boy on his tour. A steam tracking map showing the location and route of #4014 will be available on upsteam.com.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) provides the goods families and businesses use every day with safe, reliable and efficient service. Operating in 23 western states, the company connects its customers and communities to the global economy. Trains are the most environmentally friendly way to transport goods, helping Union Pacific protect future generations. More information about Union Pacific is available at www.up.com.

Jose P. Rogers