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Big Boy departs from Cheyenne, goes on ten-state tour

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Published: Aug. 6, 2021 at 5:28 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The beloved Big Boy Locomotive departed Cheyenne Thursday morning for a ten state tour across the U.S.

Big Boy was built in the 1940s as a way to transport supplies over the Wasatch Mountain Range. Out of the 25 locomotives built, Big Boy is the only operational one left. In 2019, Union Pacific rode Big Boy as a monumental tribute to the Transcontinental Railroad.

Overall, Big Boy will have 90 whistle stops across the U.S.

“We sat out last year because of the pandemic but it’s coming back, hitting the tracks this year. We are really happy to have it back.  It’s amazing the excitement it generates. We get phone calls from all over the U.S., asking us questions, wanting to know exactly where it is going to be. We are expecting crowds all up and down in all ten states,” said Robynn Tysver, Communications Manager for Union Pacific.

Big Boy will be returning to Cheyenne on September 7th at 1:45 p.m.

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