JACKSONVILLE — Union Pacific’s historic Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014 is touring the railway’s system for the last time this year to commemorate the transcontinental railroad’s 150th anniversary.

The Big Boy is making its way across various states, including Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming in what is being called the “Great Race Across the Southwest.”

Union Pacific acquired Big Boy No. 4014 in December 1941. The locomotive was retired after traveling 1,031,205 miles in its 20 years of service in 1961, according to information from Union Pacific.

Big Boy returned to the rails in 2019 after more than two years of meticulous restoration work by the Union Pacific Steam Team, according to the railway company.

The historic locomotive is visiting 30 cities across Texas, including El Paso, Fort Hancock, Sierra Blanca, Valentine, Marfa, Alpine, Sanderson, Langtry, Del Rio, Spofford, Uvalde, Sabinal, Hondo, San Antonio, Luling, Flatonia, Eagle Lake, Houston, Spring, Navasota, Bryan/College Station, Hearne, Jewett, Palestine, Jacksonville, Troup, Overton, Longview, Marshall and Atlanta.

The massive steam engine rolled into Jacksonville at 9:15 a.m. Sunday and departed at 9:30 a.m. Residents were able to view Big Boy’s stop at Patton Street Crossing.

Sadler’s Kitchen offered complimentary coffee to spectators who ventured out to witness the historic event.

Remaining scheduled stops in Texas before moving onto Arkansas are:


Marshall: On display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

(Lake Street and Main Street)


Marshall: Departs at 8 a.m.

(Lake Street and Main Street)

Atlanta: Arrives at 10:15 a.m., departs at 10:30 a.m.

(West Tipton Street and South West Street)

Noteworthy: Weighing in at 1.2 million pounds at 132 feet long, No. 4014 is the world’s only operating Big Boy locomotive, according to Union Pacific.

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