Full Steam Ahead: 'Big Boy' to be in North Little Rock

Union Pacific’s Engine No. 4014, better known as "Big Boy" will be in North Little Rock.

"Big Boy" is scheduled to arrive at the UP Yard, 1000 W. 4th St., North Little Rock at 1:30 p.m., today 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.

Called "The Big Boy 2021 Tour,'' it started on Aug. 5 and an interactive map can be viewed by clicking here. The train is in Little Rock and should get to North Little Rock ahead of schedule.

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

The train engine 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."

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

Planning to go?

Union Pacific provided some safety tips for those planning to watch “Big Boy” pass through

  • Stand back at least 25 feet from all railroad tracks.

  • Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and right of way are private property — please do not trespass.

  • Never assume tracks are abandoned or inactive — Always expect a train.