___________ November, 2019
The Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 steam locomotive makes way through Kansas, arriving November 16th in Coffeyville, southeast Kansas, and all the way to Sharon Springs near the Kansas-Colorado border November 23rd.
This as part of the BIG 150th Anniversary celebration. On May 10th 1869, the “Last Spike” was driven into place at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory, to join the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific rail lines and officially complete the first Transcontinental Railroad.
Steam locomotives drove the trains of the day across the vast terrain, crossing desert and prairie, and climbing hills and mountains. And the Big Boy does as part of this celebration.
This stretch through Kansas is part of “The Great Race Across the Southwest,” running across Utah, Nevada, California, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming, November 10th-27th.
Big Boy makes “Whistle Stops” at select locations along the route, stopping for 15 to 90 minutes for folks to view. And also special “Display Stops” where Big Boy remains on display for day-long hours, and is part of a celebratory venue.
For example, it will be on display 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, November 18th at the Kansas City Union Station.
This ‘Big Boy’
Big Boy No. 4014 is among 25 locomotives delivered to Union Pacific in 1941. It is 133 feet long, and weighs 1.2 million pounds. It is among eight existing Big Boy locomotives today. Most are on display. This is the only operating Big Boy locomotive.