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World's only operating 'Big Boy' locomotive rolling through Wisconsin through Friday

Posted at 12:25 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 08:19:29-04

WISCONSIN — A historic train will roll through Wisconsin this week.

The Union Pacific's "Big Boy" locomotive is scheduled to barrel through Wisconsin from Tuesday, July 23-Friday, July 26 as part of its Midwest tour. The locomotive is one of the largest engines Union Pacific has ever built.

The train will make a stop in Butler about 1 p.m. Thursday, but there is no public access. It then will head south along the Union Pacific railways.

The 1.2-million pound, 132-foot engine officially retired in 1961 but has since undergone a two-year restoration process in order to hit the tracks again. The Midwest tour is part of the 150th anniversary for the Transcontinental Railroad.

To put the size of this engine into perspective, it is almost twice as long as a diesel locomotive, three times the length of a school bus and eight times bigger than the average sedan.

You can track where the train is headed here.