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Vintage Steam Train to Visit 32 Texas Cities

Your chance to to see one of the world's largest steam locomotives might just be around the corner as railroad history rides the rails across Texas! Union Pacific's Big Boy 4014 is touring around the USA in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. On it's 2019 tour, Big Boy No 4014 will briefly visit 32 Texas cities.

Union Pacific's Transcontinental Railroad Completion 150th Anniversary Celebration

A Little History About the Big Boys

Beginning in 1941, 25 Big Boy locomotives were built for Union Pacific Railroad. At 132 feet long and 1.2 million pounds, there were the largest of the steam locomotives. Because of their length, their frames were articulated so that they could ride the curves in the tracks on their routes between Utah and Wyoming. Big Boys carried 6,100 gallons of fuel and 25,000 gallons of water. They stand 17 feet tall.

Of the original 25 Big Boys, seven remain on display including Big Boy 4018 which is on static display here in Texas at the Museum of the American Railroad.

What Makes Big Boy No 4014 Special?

Big Boy 4014 is special because it is the only one of the "Big Boy" locomotives that still operates.

Engine 4014 served in the Union Pacific fleet from December 1941 until December 1961 when it was retired after traveling over 1 Million miles.

In January 1962, Big Boy 4014 arrived at its new home on display at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds where it remained as part of the RailGiants Train Museum until 2013 when it was returned to Union Pacific to undergo a full restoration.

By the way, if you are interested in the complete specs of this beast, Union Pacific lists all of the details for you on Big Boy 4014's Heritage Page.

The Rebirth of a Giant

Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 arrived back in Cheyenne, Wyoming in May 2014 and was returned to service in May 2019 as part of Union Pacific's Heritage Locomotive Fleet. Since then, Big Boy 4014 has been riding the rails of America celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

Union Pacific chronicled the restoration on YouTube:

Big Boy UP No 4014 Project Playlist

Big Boy 4014 Texas Stops in 2019:

Texans will be able to see the Big Boy up close and personal on the following dates. Safety experts advise that everyone stay at least 25 feet away from the train as it passes.

El Paso TX
Union Depot, 700 West San Francisco Avenue
Arrives: Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 4:00pm
Departs: Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 4:30pm
Stiles Drive and Wooldridge Drive
Arrives: Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 5:30pm
On Display: Monday, October 21 - Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 9:00am - 3:00pm
Departs: Friday, November 1, 2019 at 7:00am
Fort Hancock TX
Knox Avenue Crossing
Arrives: Friday, November 1, 2019 at 8:45am
Departs: Friday, November 1, 2019 at 9:00am
Sierra Blanca TX
Sierra Blanca Avenue Crossing
Arrives: Friday, November 1, 2019 at 10:30am
Departs: Friday, November 1, 2019 at 11:00am
Valentine TX
8th Street Crossing
Arrives: Friday, November 1, 2019 at 3:00pm
Departs: Friday, November 1, 2019 at 3:30pm
Marfa TX
Highland Street Crossing
Arrives: Friday, November 1, 2019 at 5:00pm
Departs: Friday, November 1, 2019 at 5:15pm
Alpine TX
Tom Lackey Lane and Heil Road
Arrives: Friday, November 1, 2019 at 6:15pm
Departs: Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 9:00am
Marathon TX
Avenue D Crossing
Arrives: Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 10:15am
Departs: Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 10:45am
Sanderson TX
Second Street and Downie Street
Arrives: Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 1:15pm
Departs: Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 8:00am
Langtry TX
Langtry Road Crossing
Arrives: Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 10:30am
Departs: Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 11:15am
Del Rio TX
Del Rio Station, 100 North Main Street
Arrives: Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00p
Souvenir Sales: Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Viewing from Station Platform: Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00pm
Departs: Monday, November 4, 2019 at 8:00am
Spofford TX
State Highway 131 Crossing
Arrives: Monday, November 4, 2019 at 9:30am
Departs: Monday, November 4, 2019 at 9:45am
Uvalde TX
Bowie Street Crossing
Arrives: Monday, November 4, 2019 at 11:15am
Departs: Monday, November 4, 2019 at 11:45am
Sabinal TX
Center Street Crossing
Arrives: Monday, November 4, 2019 at 12:45pm
Departs: Monday, November 4, 2019 at 1:00pm
Hondo TX
County Road 424 Crossing, North of Highway 90
Arrives: Monday, November 4, 2019 at 1:35pm
Departs: Monday, November 4, 2019 at 2:05pm
San Antonio TX
Sunset Station, 350 Hoefgen Street
Arrives: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 10:30am
On Display: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Departs: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 8:00am
Luling TX
East Davis Street and Pecan Avenue
Arrives: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 10:00am
Departs: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 10:30am
Flatonia TX
422 West Main Street North
Arrives: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 11:45am
Departs: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 12:00pm
Eagle Lake TX
McCarty Avenue Crossing
Arrives: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 2:00pm
Departs: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 2:30pm
Rosenberg TX
Rosenberg Railroad Museum
Passes By: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 sometime between 2:30pm and 6:30pm
Houston TX
902 Washington Avenue
Arrives: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 7:00pm
On Display: Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Departs: Friday, November 8, 2019 at 10:00am
Spring TX
Elm Street Crossing
Arrives: Friday, November 8, 2019 at 11:15am
Departs: Friday, November 8, 2019 at 11:30pm
Navasota TX
East McAlpine Street and South Railroad Street
Arrives: Friday, November 8, 2019 at 1:15pm
Departs: Friday, November 8, 2019 at 1:45pm
Bryan/College Station TX
Wellborn Road and R&B Road
Arrives: Friday, November 8, 2019 at 3:10pm
Departs: Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 8:00am
Hearne TX
Fulton Street Crossing
Arrives: Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 9:15am
Departs: Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 9:30am
Jewett TX
Division Street Crossing
Arrives: Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 11:30am
Departs: Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 12:00pm
Palestine TX
West Spring Street and Tennessee Avenue
Arrives: Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 2:00pm
Departs: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 8:00am
Jacksonville TX
Patton Street Crossing
Arrives: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 9:15am
Departs: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 9:30am
Troup TX
South Railroad Loop Crossing at Front Street
Arrives: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 10:30am
Departs: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 10:45am
Overton TX
Henderson Street Crossing
Arrives: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 11:15am
Departs: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 12:00pm
Longview TX
920 East Pacific Avenue
Arrives: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 1:00pm
Departs: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 1:15pm
Marshall TX
Lake Street and Main Street
Arrives: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 3:40pm
On Display: Monday, November 11, 2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Departs: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 8:00am
Atlanta TX
West Tipton Street and South West Street
Arrives: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 10:15am
Departs: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 10:30am
Texarkana TX
100 East Front Street, Texarkana AR
Arrives: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 11:30am
Departs: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 12:15pm

Where Else is Big Boy 4014 Headed?

You can see the entire planned loop starting and ending in Cheyenne, Wyoming on Union Pacific's website featuring The Great Race Across the Southwest. You can also follow Locomotive 4014's adventures on Twitter: @UP_Steam.

We hope to be able to get out and see Big Boy 4014 as it passes through Texas, how about you?

Big Boy Comes to Texas! | RVTexasYall.com | Union Pacific's restored vintage steam locomotive Big Boy will make 31 Texas stops!

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