HOUSTON – Big Boy, the famed Union Pacific steam locomotive built in the 1940s to conquer mountains while carrying equipment in support of World War II, is embarking on a 10-state tour and will be on public display on August 17 in Houston, Texas.
Train enthusiasts of all ages will get a chance to talk to the steam crew, tour the “Experience the Union Pacific” rail car – a railroad museum on wheels – and take a “selfie” with the world’s largest steam locomotive, one of 25 of its kind built and the only one still in operation.
This is the first time Big Boy has gone on tour since its post-restoration debut in 2019 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s completion. It is returning in 2021 with a tour that includes whistle-stops in more than 90 communities and one-day public display events in five major cities: Fort Worth and Houston, Texas; New Orleans, Louisiana; St. Louis, Missouri; and Denver, Colorado.
Big Boy will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 17, at Houston Amtrak Station, 902 Washington Avenue.
Admission is free.