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Union Pacific Steam Engine “Big Boy” is on its Way to NOLA!

August 17, 2021
By: Olivia Longoria

Big Boy is on his way! Historic steam locomotive Big Boy No. 4014 left Cheyenne, Wyoming on August 5th and is making a stop in New Orleans for display during its tour. Here's how to see it!

No. 4014 is the last operating Big Boy of the 25 Big Boy locomotives that were built in 1941. These locomotives are famous for their hinged frames, which allows them to navigate curves and steep terrain. These massive machines historically operated between Ogden, Utah, and Wyoming. After a multiyear restoration process, No. 4014 is on tour for display!

Big Boy will stop in New Orleans on Saturday, August 21. In addition to the display, there will be special edition Big Boy souvenirs and other merchandise. You can also experience the Union Pacific Rail car through the multi-media walk through exhibition! This experience provides a glimpse at the past and tells a story of modern-day railroading through sound, images, and interactive technology. After entering the converted baggage car, patrons will learn about the technology of the transcontinental railroad. As you move through the exhibit, you'll learn about the evolution of the locomotive.

To experience all the fun, come out to Audubon Riverview Park, located at 6500 Magazine St., at 7:15 p.m. on the 21st. While viewing the locomotive, be sure to follow safety guidelines. Always stay 25 feet away from railroad tracks and never assume that tracks are abandoned or inactive.

To view more information and the rest of the travel schedule, visit up.com.

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