With three overnight Nebraska stops, Big Boy starts its journey

The Big Boy is back! The world's largest steam locomotive is roaring through Nebraska this weekend, with stops planned in several communities.

Built in the 1940s, the locomotive left its home base in Wyoming on Thursday. Now, it's barreling east on its way to Kansas City.

This is the first time the Big Boy has gone on tour since its post-restoration roll-out in 2019 celebrating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad.

Big Boy No. 4014 was delivered to Union Pacific in December 1941. It was built to cross the Wasatch Mountain Range east of Ogden, Utah. It was retired in 1961 after traveling a little more than a million miles, reacquired by Union Pacific in 2013 and restored to service in 2019.

Thanks to the internet, you can follow the route in real time. Fans can also share their photos on social media using the hashtag #BigBoy2021 for a chance to win a t-shirt. 

The locomotive will stay overnight in Sidney on Thursday night, North Platte on Friday night and Fairbury on Saturday night. It will also make brief stops Kimball, Ogallala, Cozad, Kearney and Hastings.

A complete schedule of Big Boy’s multi-city tour, along with a map tracking its journey, can be found here.