Choo choo: 'Big Boy' headed to North Little Rock

Union Pacific recently announced that Engine No. 4014, better known as "Big Boy", is headed out on tour and one of its overnight stops will be in North Little Rock.

Called "The Big Boy 2021 Tour,'' it will start on Aug. 5 and an interactive map can be viewed by clicking here.

The train engine, seen above, lives up to its name and weighs 1.2 million pounds or about 6,000 tons. Learn more about the 132-foot engine, roughly the length of four school buses, by clicking here.

"Big Boy makes a big impression in communities it visits, reminding us of bygone days and the important role the railroad continues to play in our global economy," said Scott Moore, senior vice president – Corporate Relations and chief administrative officer in a release. "This summer, we are proud to announce that the Big Boy will be back to tour through 10 of the states and hundreds of the communities which Union Pacific serves."

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No. 4014 will leave the Steam Shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming on Aug. 5, making brief whistle-stops in communities across Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.

"Big Boy" is scheduled to arrive at the UP Yard, 1000 W. 4th St., North Little Rock at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26 after making the journey from Texas and up the Texas Eagle line that starts in Arkansas at Texarkana and continues through Hope, Prescott, Gurdon, Arkadelphia, Malvern and then North Little Rock.

The engine will leave at 8 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 27 before heading to the northeast and going through Bald Knob, Tuckerman and Walnut Ridge before leaving the state and crossing into Missouri.

The tour will conclude Tuesday, Sept. 7 back in Cheyenne after having passed through Missori, Kansas and Colorado before reaching its final destination in Wyoming.