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Big Boy No. 4014

Historic Steam Locomotive Chugs Through Kimball & Panhandle


July 11, 2019

Daria Anderson-Faden/The Observer

The 1941 historic steam locomotive Big Boy No. 4014 is making its way across the United States to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Transcontiental Railroad. Above, Big Boy breezes through the Kimball area on Monday, July 8, as it approaches the Highway 71 overpass. It was a brief appearance as the train seemed to be moving along at about 30 mph or more, some said.

A 150th Anniversary Celebration for the Transcontinental Railroad took a historical trip down the tracks earlier this week when Union Pacific's historic steam locomotive Big Boy 4014 made a quick trip through town.

With many in the community anxiously awaiting its arrival, some may have missed its actual visit through town due to some minor mechanical work that took place in Cheyenne on Monday morning before Big Boy was set to hit the tracks, according to the Union Pacific website.

If you didn't get the chance to see the 1941 locomotive roll through town, it will be headed back through town...

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