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Cheyenne’s Big Boy locomotive to head west for summer tour starting June 30

May 2019: People gather as Big Boy No. 4014 steam locomotive prepares to roll out of a Union Pacific restoration shop in Cheyenne over the weekend for a big debut after five years of restoration. (Brian Soffe, Submitted Photo)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cheyenne’s famous Big Boy, the world’s largest operating steam locomotive, is heading west for a five-state tour during the month of July. The train will be departing from Cheyenne on June 30.

According to a release from the Union Pacific Railroad, Big Boy will make 19 stops through Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California and Idaho before returning to its home in Cheyenne on July 26.

The Westward Bound Tour will be the first of two tours that Big Boy will be going on this year; for the second tour, the train will travel east through nine other states starting in August and ending in October.

The engine will only be open for public display for two days each in Ogden, Utah, and Roseville, California. It will not be making any public displays in Wyoming. Once in Roseville, the train will carry passengers in a sold-out trip to Sparks, Nevada, for a charity fundraiser.

Wyoming stops

There will be no public access to Big Boy during any stops in Wyoming, but the Union Pacific Railroad release encourages interested spectators to appreciate Big Boy from afar while it makes one of its many whistle-stops in the state.

  • Sunday, June 30, Laramie, Wyoming: 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. at the Laramie Historic Railroad Depot.
  • Monday, July 1, Wamsutter, Wyoming: 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Broadway & Boyd Street (near water tower).
  • Wednesday, July 3, Green River, Wyoming: 10 to 10:30 a.m. at 300 E. Railroad Ave.

To see the rest of Big Boy’s whistle stops and more information regarding the Westward Bound Tour, see the Union Pacific Railroad website.

(Union Pacific Railroad)