Friday, June 14, 2013 , Updated 2:40 p.m., June 15, 2013
UPDATED: Museum of the American Railroad’s “Big Boy” train not transferred to Frisco Sunday
We'll update you when they reschedule.
FRISCO UPDATE: Local railroad fans hoping to see a glimpse of history will have to wait a little longer, as Museum of the American Railroad officials announced that the relocation of the Union Pacific No. 4018 "Big Boy" steam locomotive from Fair Park to Frisco has been delayed.
The locomotive was previously scheduled to depart Fair Park on Sunday morning and arrive in Frisco that same night, though track derailment along the planned route resulted in the cancelation of Sunday's move. Museum officials said a new date for the relocation will be announced "once it is established."
Bob LaPrelle, president and CEO of the museum, told The Frisco Enterprise on Thursday that the move requires a lot of planning and is hard to know ahead of time.
"It's really subject to the [railroad] availability," he said. "When they get free track available, that's when we move."
Following Big Boy's move, a final set of railroad cars and one more locomotive will be moved to Frisco, signaling the end of the museum's year-long move from Fair Park in Dallas.
Original story: The Museum of the American Railroad's Union Pacific No. 4018 steam locomotive, better known as "Big Boy," will likely make its way to Frisco on Sunday, one of the final pieces in a year-long move from its current location at Fair Park.
Bob LaPrelle, president and CEO of the museum, said the move is subject to the availability of railroads, but he's hopeful the train -- the largest steam locomotive ever made -- will arrive Sunday night.
"This is all based on scheduling, but we're really hoping to have it move Sunday," he said. "If it does, it will probably leave sometime Sunday morning, hopefully earlier than later, but [the past few pieces] have left at about 10 or 11 a.m. If all goes according to plan we'll be in Frisco before dusk, but it's impossible to know the exact time."
The previous train to move, the Frisco No. 4501 steam locomotive, left at about 11 a.m. and arrived in Frisco at about 10:30 p.m., a museum representative said. The Big Boy, which got its name for being the largest steam locomotive in the world, should take about the same amount of time to move or slightly more.
When the Big Boy arrives, only an additional locomotive and a few cars will remain, LaPrelle said. Those should arrive about a week after the Big Boy arrives.
"That arrival might be a little more predictable in terms of time," LaPrelle said. "Hopefully we'll be able to have some sort of ceremony then, but we're trying to be respectful of the homeowners by Cotton Gin. If it's really late we don't want to disturb them, and that may be the case when the Big Boy arrives."
Currently, LaPrelle and his team are working on raising funds to complete the exhibit tracks for the museum -- about half those tracks already exist, but the rest need to be placed to allow extensive showings.
After those funds are raised, the museum will work to raise funds for its planned building. The Frisco Heritage Museum is loaning LaPrelle space in the meantime, but the organization has big plans for a multimillion-dollar building that will be located behind the Frisco Discovery Center.
Plans for the building are based on a 25-year process, but LaPrelle said he's prepared for a long history in Frisco.
"It's great to finally have almost everything up here," he said. "Hopefully we'll have everything here in Frisco and close our 50-year history in Fair Park by about the end of the month. It's been great working with the city of Frisco, and we're looking forward to a bright future."
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