OT: The Big Boy is back

The world’s largest steam-powered locomotive is hitting the rails and will be featured prominently at baseball’s College World Series taking place next month in Omaha, Neb. Union Pacific’s Big Boy locomotive 4014 will leave Cheyenne, Wyo., June 7 on its Home Run Express Tour which wraps up in Omaha where the company is headquartered…

The 1.1 million pound locomotive was delivered in 1941, one of 25 Big Boys built to haul heavy freight during World War II, specifically to navigate Utah’s steep Wasatch Mountain Range…The 132-foot steam engine is almost twice the length of a traditional modern diesel freight hauler. Locomotive 4014 is the last operational Big Boy in existence today, although seven are on static display.

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