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UP updates plans for Big Boy display in New Orleans

By | August 20, 2021

Display car to be closed in light of COVID-19 protocols

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Diplay plans for Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 in New Orleans have changed. The locomotive is shown in Speer, Wyo., in 2019. (Trains: Jim Wrinn)

NEW ORLEANS — Union Pacific is adjusting plans for Saturday’s display of Big Boy No. 4014 in New Orleans in light of local COVID-19 guidelines.

The railroad has announced the locomotive will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Audubon Riverview Park, 6500 Magazine Street. However, the “Experience the Union Pacific” rail car, which houses a multimedia exhibit about the railroad, will not be open. The railroad encourages visitors to wear masks and practice social distancing.

The next day, the train begins heading home to Cheyenne, Wyo., with its only excursion of this year’s tour, a trip to Plaquemine, La., to benefit the Union Pacific Museum. That trip is sold out. The full Big Boy tour schedule is available at the UP website.

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  1. It would have been historically poetic had the successor to Missouri Pacific Lines, Union Pacific, brought Number 4014 to New Orleans Union Station (née New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal). It is ironic that Number 4014 and train stabled a couple of days at Houston’s tiny Amtrak station and avoided the decent passenger train terminal in New Orleans.

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