Big boy snowstorm can’t stop Big Boy steam locomotive

The very large train persists toward Cheyenne.

The Big Boy leaves Cheyenne for the first time in May. (Photo courtesy Union Pacific)

The Big Boy leaves Cheyenne for the first time in May. (Photo courtesy Union Pacific)

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If you want to get around snowy conditions, maybe try a giant train.

Tuesday’s snowstorm was no match for Union Pacific Railroad’s Big Boy No. 4014, a 1.2 million pound engine that successfully departed Denver on Tuesday at 8:15 a.m. en route to its home in Cheyenne, according to Union Pacific spokesperson Kristen South. She added that the “beast” of a train didn’t have any major issues.

The massive engine arrived in Denver on Monday afternoon and stayed at the Union Pacific North Yard overnight. The stop was part of a multi-state tour celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Transcontentinal Railroad’s completion.

The only hiccup: the more than 130-foot-long engine left 15 minutes behind schedule, South said. But it’s still scheduled to arrive in Cheyenne, where it’s stored, at 3:15 p.m. today. South said it will make several “whistle stops” on its way north, including a brief stop in La Salle. She encourages folks hoping to grab a glimpse of the behemoth to track it using its website to avoid standing out in the cold.

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