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Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014 headed to El Paso as part of ‘Great Race Across the Southwest’

Union Pacific Railroad officials announced Thursday that the world’s largest steam locomotive, Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014, will embark on a third and final tour, and El Paso will be a stop.

“Weighing in at 1.2 million pounds, the Big Boy makes a big impression in communities it visits, reminding us of bygone days and the important role the railroad continues to play in our global economy,” said Scott Moore, senior vice president – Corporate Relations and chief administrative officer. “Union Pacific wants to thank the countless rail fans and communities who have helped us celebrate this tremendous anniversary.”

The celebration is for the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s completion, giving rail fans across the Southwest an opportunity to experience history.

The newly restored locomotive recently completed a tour across the upper Midwest and a trip to Ogden, Utah, for a May 9 ceremony commemorating the anniversary.

No. 4014 will leave the Steam Shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming, September 27 for the “Great Race Across the Southwest,” making brief whistle-stops in communities along its route through Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

At this time, only the October tour dates are available; however, the full schedule is expected to be released at upsteam.com prior to the September 27 tour launch. No. 4014 will be on display in the following cities:

  • Oct. 2-3: Provo, Utah
  • Oct. 7: Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Oct. 10-11: Greater Los Angeles Area, Calif.
  • Oct. 18: Tucson, Ariz.
  • Oct. 21-22: El Paso, Texas

Twenty-five Big Boys were built exclusively for Union Pacific, the first of which was delivered in 1941 to handle the steep terrain between Cheyenne and Ogden. Of the eight still in existence, No. 4014 is the world’s only operating Big Boy.

In May, it completed its inaugural tour to Ogden for Union Pacific’s 150th anniversary ceremony. The Big Boy and historic steam locomotive Living Legend No. 844 met nose-to-nose, recreating the iconic image taken May 10, 1869, when the last spike was tapped into place at Promontory Summit, creating America’s first transcontinental railroad.

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 on its tour.

A route map and No. 4014’s GPS location tracking information is available at upsteam.com. Due to the dynamic nature of these operations, running times and scheduled stops are subject to change.

Union Pacific strongly encourages visitors to keep safety top of mind while viewing and photographing No. 4014 on its journey. For everyone’s safety:

  • Remember, trains can’t stop quickly to avoid people or vehicles on the tracks.
  • A train’s distance and speed can be deceiving.
  • The average train overhangs the track by at least three feet – take extra precaution and stand back at least 25 feet.
  • Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and right of way are private property.
  • Never assume tracks are abandoned or inactive – always expect a train.

Union Pacific Unveils Commemorative Locomotive Honoring U.S. Armed Forces

Union Pacific paid tribute to the United States armed forces by unveiling UP No. 1943 The Spirit locomotive at San Antonio’s Sunset Station Thursday.

Only the 16th commemorative locomotive presented in Union Pacific’s 155-year history, UP No. 1943’s arrival was welcomed by a group of veterans to kick off its Salute to the Military Tour, a series of community displays across Union Pacific’s network.

UP No.1943 spotlights Union Pacific’s relationship with thousands of veterans who helped build America after defending the United States – a tradition dating back to the company’s founding.

Created in collaboration with Union Pacific veterans, the locomotive name is connected to a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress funded by war bond contributions from Union Pacific employees in 1943. The plane was christened The Spirit of the Union Pacific and assigned to the 571st Bomber Squadron.

The Spirit of the Union Pacific was shot down on its fifth mission during a raid on enemy installations in Munster, Germany.

“Union Pacific is proud to honor veterans and the men and women bravely serving our country with a special locomotive representing every armed forces branch reflected in its symbolic design,” said Scott Moore, senior vice president – Corporate Relations. “Beginning today, UP No. 1943 The Spirit’s mission is to salute them as it leads trains carrying America’s goods across our network every day.”

The Spirit’s front is symbolic of Air Force Silver, and the blue stripe is a reflection of the former Strategic Air Command’s “nose sash.” The lettering inside the sash is the original hand-drawn font used on the B-17.

It is followed by the Coast Guard’s “Racing Stripe” and the Navy’s Battleship Gray, which frames Union Pacific’s traditional American flag. The military camouflage is a nod to the Army and Marines.

As the train passes by, the final message on the tail is dedicated to U.S. prisoners of war and those missing in action, featuring the POW/MIA symbol and its motto, “You Are Not Forgotten.”

More than 20 percent of Union Pacific’s employees have military experience, with some actively serving in the National Guard or Reserves. The company was recognized in the Best Companies for Veterans top 10 list, compiled by monster.com and military.com, for the second year in a row last year.

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