That’s a Big Boy
Historical locomotion roars through Saline County
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.
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.