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Big Boy Steam Engine Watch from Peck Homestead


Enjoy lemonade and cookies on the front lawn of the Sheldon Peck Homestead while watching the Big Boy 4014 Steam Engine roar through Lombard between 1:00 and 3:00 pm on Friday, July 26, 2019. The Lombard Historical Society Sheldon Peck Homestead is the perfect vantage point to experience this rare event and view this monster of the rails. Note: The train is not stopping, just passing through Lombard. This event is free and open to all ages. . For more information about the Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 and the schedule, visit

The Union Pacific Railroad is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad with a “Race Across the Midwest”, through Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, with the world’s largest steam locomotive, the Big Boy No. 4014. At 132 feet long and weighing 1.2 million pounds, the Big Boy was retired in December 1961, after traveling 1,031,205 miles during its 20 years in service.

Big Boy No. 4014 will be towing a railroad museum experience called Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car that will be open for viewing Saturday, July 27 through Monday, July 29, 2019, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Union Pacific Larry S. Provo Training Center, 335 Spencer St., in West Chicago, Illinois. Please note that due to its historic nature, Union Pacific's Heritage Passenger Fleet equipment, including the Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car, is not ADA accessible.

The Union Pacific Railroad website reminds everyone that is intending to view this phenomenon about some very important safety tips:

  • Stand back at least 25 feet from all railroad tracks.

  • Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and right-of-way are private property - please do not trespass.

  • Never assume tracks are abandoned or inactive - ALWAYS expect a train.