History rolling into Jacksonville

by Penny Hawkins penny@thecherokeean.com

On Sunday morning, Nov. 10, Union Pacific’s historic Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014 will roll into Jacksonville at 9:15 am at the Patton Street crossing and is scheduled to depart at 9:30 am.

It will leave from Palestine at 8 a.m. and should arrive in Troup at 10:30 am at the South Railroad Loop crossing at Front Street. Union Pacific notes that due to the dynamic nature of these operations, running times and scheduled stops are subject to change and the most accurate schedule information can be found at: up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.

The Big Boy steam locomotive is touring the Union Pacific system to commemorate the transcontinental railroad’s 150th anniversary.
Only 25 Big Boys were built exclusively for Union Pacific Railroad, the first of which was delivered in 1941. The locomotives were 132 feet long and weighed 1.2 million pounds.

The Big Boy’s return to the rails is the result of more than two years of meticulous restoration work by the Union Pacific Steam Team. No. 4014 is the world’s only operating Big Boy locomotive.

The tour named The Great Race across the Southwest left Cheyenne, Wyo. and will return there after visiting 12 states.

Great race across the southwest schedule, Texas locations

Nov. 6

•Sunset Station in San Antonio, depart 8 a.m.

•E. Davis St. and Pecan Ave. in Luling, arrival 10 a.m., depart 10:30 p.m.

•422 W Main St. in Flatonia, arrival 11:45 a.m., depart, noon

•McCarty Ave. crossing, Eagle Lake, arrival 2 p.m., depart 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 7

•902 Washington Ave. in Houston, on display 9 a.m. -3 p.m.
Nov. 8

•Elm St. crossing in Spring, arrival 11:15 a.m., depart 11:30 a.m.

•E. McAlpine Street and S. Railroad Street in Navasota, arrival 1:15 p.m., depart 1:45 p.m.
•Wellborn Road and F&B Road in Bryan/College Station. Public viewing: 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Nov. 9

•2003 Market St. in Hearne, arrival 9:15 a.m., depart 9:30 a.m.

•Division St. crossing in Jewett, arrival 11:30 a.m., depart noon.
•West Spring St. and Tennessee Ave. in Palestine, arrival 2 p.m.

Nov. 10

•Patton St. crossing in Jacksonville, arrival 9:15 a.m., depart 9:30 a.m.

•S. Railroad Loop crossing at Front St. in Troup, arrival 10:30 a.m., depart 10:45 a.m.

•Henderson St. crossing in Overton, arrival 11:15 a.m., depart noon

•920 E. Pacific Ave. in Longview, arrival 1 p.m., depart 1:15 p.m.

Nov. 11

•Lake St. and Main St. in Marshall, on display 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Nov. 12

•W. Tipton St. and S. West St. in Atlanta, arrival 10:15 a.m., depart 10:30 a.m.