Two historic steam trains are on their way to Ogden where they’ll be on display throughout the Golden Spike sesquicentennial celebration.
Big Boy No. 4014 and Living Legend No. 844 will roll through northeastern Utah Wednesday morning as part of “The Great Race to Ogden.” The engine left a Union Pacific restoration shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Saturday to begin the journey.
According to Union Pacific’s steam schedule, spectators can expect to see the locomotives at these times and locations on Wednesday:
8 a.m. — Big Boy departs Evanston, Wyoming, at 1500 Main Street
9:25 a.m. — Arrival in Echo, Utah, at the Echo Road Crossing
9:40 a.m. — Departs Echo
10:20 a.m. — Arrives in Morgan at the Morgan Depot at 98 Commercial Street
10:35 a.m. — Departs Morgan
11:35 a.m. — Arrives in Ogden
There will be no public access to the train when it arrives in Ogden Wednesday, but Big Boy will be on display from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Union Station.
Big Boy will depart Ogden at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 12.
For those coming out to watch the trains, Union Pacific advises people to stand at least 25 feet from all railroad tracks, do not trespass on railroad tracks, trestles, yard and right-of-ways, and to never assume tracks are abandoned or inactive. The train’s progress to Ogden can be followed here.
Big Boy engines hauled freight between Wyoming and Utah in the 1940s and 1950s, according to the Associated Press. Of the 25 Big Boys built, eight remain, but No. 404 is the only one in operation.
Union Pacific towed Big Boy No. 4014 to Cheyenne in 2014 after acquiring it from a museum in Pomona, California. The train has been undergoing “meticulous” restoration work for more than two years, Union Pacific said.