UP’s Big Boy #4014, the largest steam locomotive ever built, stops at Texarkana, TX during it’s fall tour of the southwestern US. This is a trackside view of it’s arrival, servicing, and departure. Videod by Tex-N club members!
by Inge Trost
On Friday morning, May 10, 2017, I got in my car to make a trip to the supermarket. I stopped at a red light at the corner of Naaman School Road and Highway 78 (Lavon Drive) in Garland, Texas. The light turned green and I turned north onto Highway 78, crossed the KCS tracks, and noticed a pair of KCS locomotives stopped on the tracks. Then I noticed all the automobiles parked on the side of the road and people taking pictures.
I turned my car around and found a good parking spot at the McDonald’s on Naaman School Road and Highway 78. A lot of people were waiting there and taking pictures. The train wasn’t moving. About 20 minutes later the lead engine turned the light on and the crossing arms came down. As those KCS locomotives moved forward I noticed they were pulling a military train! I got my phone out and took this video.
I wonder where that military train was heading as it moved south. Perhaps the Houston ship channel? And then? I guess I’ll never know. But seldom do I see a military train. It was a very special day.
Have fun watching.
August 25, 2013
The Museum of the American Railroad and its collection of artifacts and rolling stock outgrew its space at Fair Park in Dallas, TX in 2006. The City of Frisco, TX, wanting to preserve their railroad heritage, offered the Museum a new home on 12 acres adjacent to the city center in April, 2008. Museum structures (H&CT depot and ATSF Tower 19) moved in 2012. Rolling stock moved in 2013. UP Big Boy #4018 was the last piece of rolling stock to move to Frisco on August 25, 2013.
This video was filmed by Tex-N Club member Richard Harper as it passed through his neighborhood. “It was a sunny Sunday, August 25, 2013, when I rushed home from church, attempting to catch the movement of UP Big Boy #4018 on the way to Frisco. I got in my car and drove to the Perry Road crossing in Carrollton. It was a hot summer day but my car’s air conditioning kept my iPhone and myself cool enough to capture this event.”
Thanks, Richard, for sharing your archive footage with us.
For more information on this move, visit the Museum of the American Railroad’s website at