In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

The Largest Working Locomotive Visits Tucson October 17th and 18th

You can get a glimpse of Union Pacific’s historic Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014. It is the world’s only operating Big Boy locomotive.

Big Boy No. 4014 was delivered to Union Pacific in December 1941. The locomotive was retired in December 1961, having traveled 1,031,205 miles in its 20 years in service.  Union Pacific reacquired No. 4014 and  began a multi-year restoration process. It returned to service in May 2019. The locomotive will be in Tucson, Thursday, October 17 at the Historic Downtown Depot at 10am.  On October 18th it will be at E. Silverlake Rd & Fairland Stravenue. from 9am to 3pm.

Here is the full schedule:

Thursday, October 17
Tucson, Ariz.
Tucson Historic Train Depot
400 N. Toole Ave.
10:10 a.m. MST
10:40 a.m. MST
Friday, October 18
Tucson, Ariz.
E Silverlake Road & E Fairland Stravenue
On Display: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. MST ONLY
No Public Access Outside of Display Hours
Saturday, October 19
Benson, Ariz.
Patagonia St. Crossing
8:45 a.m. MST
9:15 a.m. MST
Willcox, Ariz.
Near intersection of Maley St. and Railview Ave.
11:00 a.m. MST
11:15 a.m. MST
Bowie, Ariz.
Central Avenue Crossing
Noon MST
12:30 p.m. MST
Lordsburg, N.M.
Arrival Ceremony: Center St. & Southern Pacific Blvd.
Overnight: West A St. & Gale St.
Arrival 3:30 p.m. MT


The largest steam locomotive ever build will be visiting Tucson next Thursday and Friday, October 17th and 18th. …

Posted by Gadsden Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum on Thursday, October 10, 2019

Dubbed the “Great Race Across the Southwest,” the Big Boy is touring the Union Pacific system throughout the year to commemorate the transcontinental railroad’s 150th anniversary.

.  As part of the tour, the locomotive will Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. Check out the restoration here:


To follow the locomotive’s journey, click HERE.