Friday, July 12, 2013 , Updated 11:27 a.m., July 21, 2013
UPDATED: “Big Boy” locomotive will not chug to Frisco July 21
It was canceled, again.
FRISCO UPDATE: According to the Museum of the American Railroad, the move of Big Boy on July 21 has been postponed. We'll update you when we know more.
Original story: The long-awaited relocation of the Museum of the American Railroad's Union Pacific No. 4018 steam locomotive, better known as "Big Boy," has been rescheduled to arrive in Frisco on July 21 after bridge repairs along the route delayed its arrival last month.
The museum made the announcement Wednesday on social media that the rescheduling of the 30-mile chug is tentative and an alternate date has been set for July 28.
The Big Boy is the largest steam locomotive ever made and has train fanatics anticipating its arrival at the museum, which has been moved from its original location at Fair Park in Dallas.
"Everybody has been really excited and supportive. For some people, I think it's like delaying Christmas," said Bob LaPrelle, CEO of the Museum of the American Railroad.
After an annual inspection, the tracks received notice that repairs needed to be made along the route at a bridge south of Carrollton.
The museum consulted the Federal Railroad Administration to meet criteria to move the 1 million pound engine over rails. Freight cars will travel behind and in front of the train, which isn't operational, to act as breaks.
Previous museum pieces have left Fair Park in the morning and arrived in Frisco the same night; the Big Boy is expected to have a similar journey. Spectators will be able to watch the train travel en route to the museum along the tracks.
The museum's Big Boy is one of just 25 built, although only eight remain. The last time a Big Boy was moved was in the 1970s.
Once the Big Boy arrives, only a locomotive and a few railroad cars in the Rolling Stock collection will be awaiting transport to Frisco to conclude the year-long relocation process. The Museum of the American Railroad currently has interim exhibits on the second floor of the Frisco Heritage Museum.
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