Posted Date: 09/02/2021
Students from J.K. Hileman braved the heat on Wednesday and headed to downtown Atlanta to see a piece of history.
The Big Boy No. 4014 steam locomotive is one of 25 originally built for Union Pacific. It is about 130 feet long and weighs 1.2 million pounds. Big Boy No. 4014 was delivered to Union Pacific in December 1941, and retired 20 years later, having traveled 1,031,205 miles.
The railroad donated Big Boy to the RailGiants Museum in December of 1961, and it quickly became the most famous locomotive on display for the next 52 years.
Union Pacific reacquired No. 4014 in 2013, and relocated it back to Cheyenne to begin a multi-year restoration process. It returned to service in May 2019 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad's Completion.
Both students and teachers stood somewhat in awe at the strength and intensity of this giant of the railway as it powered its way through town.