Union Pacific Big Boy makes stop in Fairbury

FAIRBURY - One of the oldest and largest steam locomotives in the world is in Fairbury.

The Union Pacific Big Boy arrived in Fairbury just after 5 p.m. and will be in town until it departs around 9 a.m. tomorrow morning. A large crowd was in attendance, including train enthusiasts of all ages, from states such as New Jersey, New York, and Texas. It previously made its way through Cozad, Kearney, Hastings, and Belvidere. 

The machine was originally built in the 1940's, weighing 1.2-million pounds. This is the first time Big Boy has made a tour since it was restored in 2019. 

Enthusiasts can view Big Boy No. 4014 tonight and tomorrow morning before it continues its journey.