Something Big is Coming to the Sauk Valley

Something Big is Coming to the Sauk Valley

Something BIG and Historic is coming our way. 1.2 Million Pounds Big!

The Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 Steam Locomotive will cross the Rock River on Thursday, July 25 near Ashipun, WI as part of the “Great Race across the Midwest” tour to celebrate the 150th anniversary Of the Transcontinental Railroad’s completion.

On July 3oth the Big Boy will then cross in Dixon & Rock Falls and Sterling, IL, offering multiple places for excellent viewing and photos!  Exact time of arrival is uncertain at this time.

The full tour is an homage to the Great Race to Promontory — during which the Central Pacific Railroad of California and the Union Pacific Railroad Company built rail east and west respectively to eventually meet and form a continuous line across the United States. The tracks met at Promontory Summit, Utah.

The Big Boy’s return to the rails is the product of more than two years of meticulous restoration work by the Union Pacific Steam Team. No. 4014 is the worlds only operating Big Boy locomotive and has the longest engine body of any reciprocating steam locomotive, longer than two buses.