Big Boy No. 4014 is preparing for a historic journey, including a noteworthy stop on Northern California's railway.
Big Boy No. 4014 is preparing for a historic journey, including a noteworthy stop on Northern California's railway.

Union Pacific Big Boy Locomotive Embarks on Historic Tour


Union Pacific’s iconic Big Boy No. 4014, the largest operating steam locomotive in the world, is gearing up for a historic journey across several states, including a memorable stop in Northern California’s railroad town of Roseville.

Significance of Big Boy No. 4014:

The Big Boy locomotive represents a significant chapter in American railroad history, symbolizing the pivotal role of railroads in shaping the nation’s development. Union Pacific CEO Jim Vena emphasizes its historical significance and technological advancements, expressing excitement to share this living piece of history with the public.

About Big Boy No. 4014:

Big Boy No. 4014 is one of only seven surviving locomotives of the original 25 built in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Having served Union Pacific for over two decades and traveled over one million miles, it was retired in 1961. After being displayed at the RailGiants Museum in Pomona, California, it underwent a meticulous multi-year restoration in Cheyenne, Wyoming, before returning to service in 2019.

Journey to Roseville:

Departing from Cheyenne, Wyoming, on June 30, 4014 will journey through Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and finally arrive in Roseville on July 12. Its arrival marks an opportunity for the public to witness this historic locomotive up close and personal.

Upon reaching Roseville, Big Boy No. 4014 will be on public display from July 12 to July 13, providing enthusiasts and spectators the chance to admire its grandeur and historical significance.

Safety Reminders:

As the locomotive arrives, it’s essential for spectators to maintain a secure distance of at least 25 feet from all railroad tracks, ensuring both their safety and the smooth operation of the historic journey.

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