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Big Boy’s ‘Heartland of America Tour’ to begin Aug. 29

By Trains Staff | June 17, 2024

Ten-state tour to run for eight weeks

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Large black steam locomotive with train against a dark blue sky.
Union Pacific Railroad’s Big Boy No. 4014 blasts away from Huffman, Texas, on Aug. 18, 2021, on its run between Houston and Beaumont. The Big Boy will return to Houston as part of the “Heartland of America Tour,” set to begin Aug. 29. Steve Smedley

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Union Pacific has announced plans for its second tour this year with Big Boy No. 4014, which will cover 10 states in eight weeks beginning Aug. 29.

The “Heartland of America Tour” will launch from Cheyenne on that date and also include Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas, concluding in late October.

The initial announcement includes just three sets of display days: Sept. 8 in Rochelle, Ill., about 80 miles west of Chicago; Oct. 6 in Houston, and Oct. 10-11 in Fort Worth, Texas. The railroad says additional route details and times will be shared at a later date.

UP also says additional whistle stops are being planned for the upcoming Westward Bound tour, which will see the Big Boy travel to Roseville, Calif., and return. An updated schedule for the trip slated to begin June 30 will be available later this week at the schedule page of the UP Steam website.

One thought on “Big Boy’s ‘Heartland of America Tour’ to begin Aug. 29

  1. I used to study 4014 as it sat rusting in the Pomona Fairgrounds every year during the LA County Fair.
    Maybe this year I will see the dang thing run if it comes anywhere near Tulsa.

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