Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014 Steam Locomotive Will Chug Into DFW in 2024

The world's largest steam locomotive is one of 25 built for Union Pacific to haul heavy freight during World War II. That sound you hear now? It's the pounding pulses of excited trainspotters across North Texas.

Calling all trainspotters: The world’s largest steam locomotive, Big Boy No. 4014, is returning to the rails in 2024—and chugging its way to Dallas-Fort Worth.

Union Pacific’s famed locomotive weighs in at 1.1 million pounds. It was restored in 2019 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s completion.

Originally, 25 Big Boys were built for Union Pacific to haul heavy freight during World War II. Only eight still exist today. The other seven are on display around the U.S.

The 2024 tour is slated to reach “all four corners” of Union Pacific’s 23-state system, including the stop in North Texas. 

[Graphic: Union Pacific]

“As we move forward at Union Pacific, we remember where we came from,” Union Pacific CEO Jim Vena said in a statement. “The Big Boy represents the history of Union Pacific and the United States. When No. 4014 comes to town, we’ll celebrate with the communities where we operate, our employees, and their families. Together, we will marvel at how far technology has brought us.”

Tour dates and route information will be released next year, the company said. In addition to public stops, Union Pacific employees and their families will be invited along the route.

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