For the final time this year, the Big Boy No. 4014 will ride the rails on the Union Pacific system. “The Great Race Across the Southwest.” will have No. 4014 depart Cheyenne, Wyo., on September 27, and travel to locations in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. Display locations include:
- Oct. 2-3: Provo, Utah
- Oct. 7: Las Vegas, Nev.
- Oct. 10-11: Greater Los Angeles Area
- Oct. 18: Tucson, Ariz.
- Oct. 21-22: El Paso, Texas
While the railroad is releasing the route map for the entire tour, only the October display dates are currently available. Union Pacific will release the full schedule before the September 27 tour launch. View the route map and October schedule at the Steam section of UP.com.
As with past tours, you can follow No. 4014 as it makes its way across the system via UP’s Steam Locomotive Tracking map, which traces No. 4014’s location and is continuously updated while the train is on the move. You also can track the Big Boy via the UP Steam Twitter page at http://www.twitter.com/up_steam. The account tweets the train’s location as it changes.
The Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car, a new, multi-media walk-through exhibition providing a glimpse at the past while telling the story of modern-day railroading, will accompany the Big Boy and will be open for free tours at select locations.
—Union Pacific, via press release