Big Boy display in West Chicago drew 45,000, UP says

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Huge crowds greeted UP's Big Boy when it arrived in West Chicago on July 26, and continued turning out for its three days of display in the city.
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WEST CHICAGO, Ill. — An estimated 45,000 people visited Union Pacific’s Big Boy during its three days on display in West Chicago, a Union Pacific spokeswoman told the Chicago Daily Herald.

"Many people have told us they never expected to see an operating Big Boy," UP’s Kristen South told the newspaper. "They thank us for bringing this piece of history back to life and (to) their community."

The 4-8-8-4 drew a huge crowd on its trip through Chicago on Friday, with thousands greeting No. 4014 and its train as it arrived in Chicago. The locomotive was displayed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and once again attracted large crowds as it headed west on Tuesday morning.

West Chicago officials had originally prepared for about 2,000 visitors per day to the display at the railroad’s Larry S. Provo Training Center, the newspaper said.

The locomotive continues its tour today with a scheduled 9 a.m. departure from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and will stop in Belle Plaine, Marshalltown, and Elkhart on its way to Des Moines, where it is scheduled to arrive at 3:30 p.m. It will spend Thursday on display in Des Moines.

The complete schedule for the remainder of the Big Boy’s Midwest Tour is available on UP's website.

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