1st and Kearney St
Welcome the Big Boy – 4000-Class Wasatch Big Boy No. 4014 and the 4-8-4 Northern No. 844
Steam Train Schedule:
Saturday, May 4
No. 844 Arrival at Laramie Railroad Depot
Big Boy Arrival 12:30 pm Laramie Train Depot leaves at 1:15 pm
Friday, May 17
Both Trains will be in town
Arrival 12:45 on the 17 and stay 18 and leave 19 at 8:00 am
Food trucks and vendors – The Laramie Depot parking lot!
Laramie Depot will be hosting historic tours.
Reception May 4th at the Laramie Depot from 9-2pm
Go on the tour: https://visitlaramie.org/railroads-of-albany-county-tracking-the-past-brochure or call for a FREE brochure The Railroads of Albany County – Tracking the Past call: 307-745-4195 and https://www.laramiedepot.org/
History: The 25 Big Boy locomotives were built to haul freight over the Wasatch Mountains between Ogden, Utah, and Green River, Wyoming. In the late 1940s, they were reassigned to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where they hauled freight over Sherman Hill to Laramie, Wyoming. They were the only locomotives to use a 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement: four-wheel leading truck for stability entering curves, two sets of eight driving wheels and a four-wheel trailing truck to support the large firebox. According to a Union Pacific executive, the class series originally was to have been called the “Wasatch”. One day while one of the engines was being built, an unknown worker scrawled “Big Boy” in chalk on its front. With that, the legendary name was born and has stuck ever since.