Big Boy No. 4014 back in Cheyenne, finishes final ride of 2019

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -- The world's only operating Big Boy locomotive is back in Cheyenne. It finished a sixty-day tour of the southwestern United States on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

Train enthusiasts or those just wanting to catch a peek of the massive steam engine, waited in the cold and snow to see it on its return to Cheyenne. In May, the crew left for its first trip to Ogden, Utah for the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad.

Ed Dickens, engineer of Big Boy No. 4014 and the manager for the project, said that many people have shared with him about their experiences with the railroad. "They're happy, but they're crying," Dickens said. "They come up to us and they want to thank us," he said, "In the midst of that, their eyes well with tears, and their throat begins to crack and they start to share with us experiences about their family."

Dickens said this isn't the engine's last ride, it's the beginning of its new life.