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Union Pacific Railroad's Big Boy No. 4014 has definitely earned its name since it's the largest operating steam locomotive in the world. This slice of America's industrial past is definitely a sight to behold!

The Guinness Book of World Records states that the Big Boy series of steam locomotives from the American Locomotive Company are over 130 feet long and weigh in excess of 1.1 million pounds. Definitely a "Big Boy!"

According to,

Big Boy No. 4014, was built in the 1940s to carry equipment over Utah’s Wasatch Mountains during World War II, according to Union Pacific Senior Communications Manager Mike Jaixen. It was retired in 1961 and restored nearly six decades later.

And we will have that chance next week as Big Boy is planning an overnight stop in Shreveport.  According to the online schedule at, it will arrive in Louisiana Friday night and will be displayed Saturday in New Orleans.

Big Boy is then scheduled to depart from New Orleans Sunday on it's way back to Cheyenne, Wyoming, but on its route, it's planning an overnight stay here in Shreveport.

The schedule shows it stopping at 6215 E. Jewella approximately at 5:30 pm on Monday, August 23 and will be available for "viewing only" on Tuesday, August 24 and isn't planning to depart until 8:00 am on Wednesday, August 25.

Union Pacific's website defines viewing only as:

Locations where fans can safely view the Big Boy. In some cases, the Big Boy will be displayed behind a fence or other perimeter. Unlike display days, the Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car will not be available for tours and merchandise will not be sold. Unless otherwise noted on the schedule, overnight stops are "viewing only."

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