Colossal ‘Big Boy’ locomotive makes stop in northwest Louisiana
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The largest operational steam locomotive in the country continues its tour across the nation and made a stop in Shreveport.
Union Pacific’s ‘Big Boy’, a 132-foot, 1.2 million pound locomotive, will be on display until 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 6215 E Jewella Ave.
A total of 25 ‘Big Boy’ locomotives were constructed around the time of World War II to help transport goods and equipment. ‘Big Boy’ No. 4014, the locomotive visiting Shreveport, was retired in 1961 after traveling over 1 million miles during its 20 years of service. The mighty locomotive traveled across the Wasatch Mountain Range east of Ogden, Utah.
In 2013, Union Pacific reacquired No. 4014 from a museum in Pomona, California and spent years restoring the locomotive in Cheyenne, Wyoming. ‘Big Boy’ returned to service in 2019 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad’s completion.
‘Big Boy’ left its home in Cheyenne and has traveled across Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas, and south Louisiana. Fans of the famed locomotive are encouraged to share their pictures on social media using the hashtag #BigBoy2021. Fifty people will win a ‘Big Boy’ t-shirt when they make a post with the hashtag.
On Wednesday, Aug. 25, ‘Big Boy’ will visit Texarkana. See the locomotive at 100 E Front St. starting at 1:15 p.m. Better hurry though; the train will only be there for half an hour!
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