Big Boy and Union Pacific celebrate 160 years

Updated: Jul. 28, 2022 at 7:00 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - With its iconic engine, billowing smoke and loud hoots, the big boy steam engine is off.

It pushed off from Cheyenne this morning, making its way down south to Denver. Thursday marks the 160th anniversary of the Union Pacific.

Big Boy steam engines like this one were used to carry services and goods across this nation while it was being built.

”It’s just a real...honor and privilege for all railroaders to work around a locomotive like this,” said Ed Dickens, Manager of Heritage Operations for Union Pacific.

It’ll be the first time the Big Boy will visit the Denver Union Station and 12 years since the last steam engine was there.

These massive engines were used to haul everything from freight to passengers.

”We want everyone when they come to see a locomotive, a special train like this, to always remember safety,” said Dickens.

With 7,000 horsepower, these behemoths would pull 4,000 tons from Utah to Wyoming.

”This locomotive is very big, very loud, very heavy but so thats the most important message is safety around the railroad, especially when they come to see the big boy,” said Dickens.

Big Boy is traveling towards Denver today and will be back in Cheyenne towards the end of the week.

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