Wednesday, June 4, 2014
'The Big Boy', one of the largest steam locomotives in the world made its way across the western United States, coming from California to its final destination in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Rock Springs just happened to be one of the depots it stopped at on its journey. 'Big Boy 4014' is going to Cheyenne where it will be restored to its original operating condition.
25 'Big Boys' were built for Union Pacific Railroad, starting in the 1940. Each steam locomotive is 132 feet long and weighs in at 1.2 million lbs....that's a dang big train!
And since this sort of thing doesn't happen that often, I headed down to the railroad depot to see the big guy for myself. I was really hoping they would pull it up so we could see it move, but it stayed on the edge of the depot. Little Boy and I were able to get pretty close though.