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One of world's largest steam locomotives rolls through Nebraska this week

Posted at 9:30 AM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-08 10:30:37-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Union Pacific's historic Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014 will make its way to several Nebraska communities this week as part of the 150th anniversary of Transcontinental Railroad's completion.

The railroad engine is the world's only operating Big Boy locomotive. Its return to the rails is the result of more than two years of restoration by the Union Pacific Steam Team.

The locomotive was retired in 1961 after traveling more than 1 million miles in its 20 years of service. The engine's restoration started in 2013.

North Platte, Grand Island, Fremont, Columbus and Omaha are among the stops.

The locomotive will also travel to other Midwest cities in Wyoming, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin during its commemorative tour, which begins July 8.

To see the full schedule, click here.