by Wilbert Carmouche
Trains, planes, and automobiles! Well, just forget about cars and airplanes, let’s talk about the train. Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014, will embark on “The Big Boy 2021 Tour” in August to celebrate railroad heritage and the communities Union Pacific serves.
This is the first tour since the locomotive was restored for 2019’s “Great Race” tour celebrating the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s completion. The multi-year restoration took place at Union Pacific’s steam shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming, following a retirement that spanned six decades.
Come see Big Boy weighing in at 1.2 million pounds, as it travels the rails making a big impression in communities it visits, it reminds us of bygone days and the important role the railroad continues to play in our global economy.
This summer, we are proud to announce that the Big Boy will be back to tour through 10 of the states and hundreds of the communities which Union Pacific serves.
Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014 will make a stop in Bunkie on August 23rd, 2021 at 9:45am.
CALLING OUT ALL TEACHERS: This would be a great “start of the school year” field trip! Please join us in welcoming the steam engine back to our Depot. Call Bunkie Chamber of Commerce for more information, 318.346.2575.
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