Big Boy No. 4014 Rumbles in to Gering

Big Boy No. 4014 Rumbles in to Gering
June 8th, 2023 | KNEB Staff

A lot of excitement Wednesday afternoon, as the Union Pacific’s Big Boy 4014 was pulling into Gering for an overnight stop the historic locomotive’s trek east to Omaha.

The world’s largest steam locomotive, built during World War II, is traveling across Nebraska for an extended stop during the 2023 College World Series.

Perry Brening, a Gering resident and Scottsbluff Middle School teacher, was among those awaiting the arrival, saying he always loved trains, and was among those having a railroad layout of his own when he was young.

The locomotive was one of 25 built by Union Pacific, and was part of the railroad’s effort to haul heavy freight loads across the country during the war.

The locomotive will continue the journey this morning with whistle stops in Broadwater and Lemoyne, with other stops in North Platte, Cozad, Kearney, Grand Island, Columbus, and Fremont.


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