Catch sight of one of the world’s largest steam powered locomotives as it travels through Corsicana.
By John Kaiser III – Navarro County Gazette
If you are a die-hard train enthusiast or just like to admire these big powerful beasts of yesteryear, you will get a chance to catch a glimpse of Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014 as it passes through Corsicana on Aug. 15 during its multi-state tour. According to the Union Pacific website “Big Boy No. 4014 will depart Cheyenne, Wyoming, Thursday, Aug. 5, traveling through Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.”
Locals will be able to see this working piece of history as it powers through Corsicana on Aug. 15 from 12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the South Twelfth Street Crossing. Here are other times and nearby locations you will be able to see No. 4014:
Ennis St. & Main St.
|10:45 a.m. CT|
11:30 a.m. CT
S. Twelfth Street Crossing
|12:15 p.m. CT|
12:30 p.m. CT
E. Commerce Street
|1:30 p.m. CT|
2:15 p.m. CT
If you are keen on getting a closer look at, and willing to drive, Big Boy No. 4014 will be stopped and on display at the following locations:
- Saturday, Aug. 14: Fort Worth, Texas
- Tuesday, Aug. 17: Houston, Texas
- Saturday, Aug. 21: New Orleans, Louisiana
- Sunday, Aug. 29: St. Louis, Missouri
- Monday, Sept. 6: Denver, Colorado
Photo Copyright: Ken Grimm used under creative commons license.
Big Boy No. 4014 is part of Union Pacific’s 4000-series line of steam-powered locomotives, the largest built and used on American railways. In fact, these were the largest and most powerful steam-engines in the entire world. Out of twenty five “Big Boys” that were built and put into service in 1941, only seven of them remain today.
From the Union Pacific website “Big Boy No. 4014 was delivered to Union Pacific in Dec. 1941. The locomotive was retired in December 1961, having traveled 1,031,205 miles in its 20 years in service. Union Pacific reacquired No. 4014 from the RailGiants Museum in Pomona, California, in 2013, and relocated it back to Cheyenne to begin a multi-year restoration process. It returned to service in May 2019 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad’s Completion.”
Bringing the Big Boy Back to Life | Union Pacific YouTube Channel
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