That’s a Big Boy

His­tor­i­cal lo­co­mo­tion roars through Saline County

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­courier.com

With ex­cite­ment, stu­dents from West­brook Ele­men­tary School watched Wed­nes­day as a his­toric lo­co­mo­tion trav­eled through Haskell.

To com­mem­o­rate the 150th an­niver­sary of the transcon­ti­nen­tal rail­road, Big Boy 4104, the largest steam lo­co­mo­tion in the world, has re­turned to the rails.

Af­ter roar­ing through Saline County, the lo­co­mo­tion made a stop in Lit­tle Rock be­fore stop­ping again in North Lit­tle Rock.

The train will be on dis­play un­til 3 p.m. today at 1000 W. 4th Street in North Lit­tle Rock.

Twenty-five Big Boys were built ex­clu­sively for Union Pa­cific Rail­road. Af­ter be­ing de­liv­ered in 1941, Big Boy 4014 was re­tired in 1961. Dur­ing 20 years in ser­vice, Big Boy 4014 trav­eled 1,031,025 miles.

Af­ter Union Pa­cific reac­quired the lo­co­mo­tion from Rail­giants Mu­seum in Pomona, Cal­i­for­nia, in 2013, the train un­der­went two years of restora­tion work.

GREG Davis/spe­cial to The Saline Courier

Big Boy 4104, the largest steam lo­co­mo­tion in the world travels through Ben­ton Wed­nes­day. To com­mem­o­rate the 150th an­niver­sary of the transcon­ti­nen­tal rail­road, the lo­co­mo­tion which was re­tired in 1961 was re­stored and re­turned to the rails. More pic­tures of the train are avail­able on Page 11.

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