Most of the other 12 steam locomotives in Wyoming are on display around the state. Union Pacific “Big Boy” 4-8-8-4 4004 is on display in Cheyenne at Holiday Park. CB&Q 4-8-4 No. 5633 is on display in Douglas, Wyoming. Did you know?
BNSF/UP shares the load in transporting large coal trains across more than 1800 miles of track right-a-way in Wyoming. The Union Pacific Railroad entered the state in 1867 and it’s Overland Route across the Rocky Mountains reaches a summit of 8,015 feet at Sherman Hill.
Amtrak has no regular stops or services in the state, though the Overland Route is frequently used as a detour whenever the Moffat Tunnel is shut down.
The Wyoming Transportation Museum, also known as the Cheyenne Depot Museum, is the center of activity in downtown Cheyenne. Housed in a former 1886 Union Pacific depot, the Cheyenne Depot Museum’s displays include the world’s largest stream locomotive, the now retired UP Big Boy #4004 in Holiday Park on US 30 in Cheyenne. The Cheyenne Depot Train Excursion runs during Cheyenne Frontier Days in July.
Union Pacific Big Boys
Union Pacific Roundhouse
The Union Pacific Railroad maintains the only steam locomotive that was never retired, UP No. 844. Built by Alco in 1944, it has been rebuilt twice, in 1999 and 2004. It is currently the largest running 4-8-4 Northern weighing in at 486,340 pounds.
Steam train rides include excursions during the Cheyenne Frontier Days in July. Also on display, as well as running occasional scenic excursion steam train rides, is the 1943, 4-6-6-4 Union Pacific Challenger steam engine No. 3985.
The Douglas Railroad Interpretive Center is housed in a restored 1886 depot belonging to the Fremont, Elkhorn & Missouri Valley Railroad. Rail displays include a Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad 4-8-4 steam locomotive. CB&Q No.5633 was built in September of 1940 and taken out of service in 1956.
Omaha’s Union Station was extensively renovated by The Durham Museum to capture the character and glory days – when 10,000 passengers would pass through the station daily. Today, visitors can explore exhibits that preserve the areas rich history including over 500,000 objects, ranging from photos to phone booths, coins to clarinets and even a pocket watch rescued from the Titanic. Directions