Union Pacific's (UP) Big Boy No. 4014 will embark on its final tour celebrating the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad's completion. The world's largest steam locomotive, No. 4014 recently completed a tour across the upper Midwest and a trip to Ogden, Utah, for a May 9, 2019, ceremony commemorating the anniversary. Of the eight still in existence, No. 4014 is the world's only operating Big Boy.
No. 4014 will leave the Steam Shop in Cheyenne, Wyo., on September 27, 2019, for the "Great Race Across the Southwest," making brief whistle-stops in communities along its route. The full schedule is expected to be released at upsteam.com prior to the September 27 tour launch.
“Weighing in at 1.2 million pounds, the Big Boy makes a big impression in communities it visits, reminding us of bygone days and the important role the railroad continues to play in our global economy," said Scott Moore, UP senior vice president corporate relations and chief administrative officer. "Union Pacific wants to thank the countless rail fans and communities who have helped us celebrate this tremendous anniversary."
The Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car, a new walk-through exhibition, will accompany the Big Boy on its tour.