Historic Steam Engine to Visit Casa Grande

Garrett A. Taylor

A historic steam engine is to stop in Casa Grande on October 16 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first Transcontinental Railroad.

The stop is part of a multistate celebratory tour of the Southwest to commemorate the 150 years since the production of the first transcontinental railroad.

Union Pacific’s only operating Big Boy, no. 4014 is traveling from Wyoming with stops in Utah, Nevada, California, New Mexico, and Texas. In Arizona, in addition to Casa Grande, the train is set to visit Yuma, Mohawk, Gila Bend, Tucson, Benson, Willcox, and Bowie from October 15-19.

The stop in Casa Grande is scheduled for 2:45 pm on October 16th on West First Street and West Wilson Street, and the engine will depart at 8am on the 17th. The public is welcome to come take pictures of the Big Boy locomotive.

The first transcontinental railroad was built in 1869, to allow for easier travel as well as shipping. The idea was first brought up in 1830, and it took seven years to build. Production was completed by two main companies, the Central Pacific railroad and Union Pacific, according to the history channel’s official website.