Photos: "Big Boy" train begins big move

Big Boy's move

Credit: Taylor Lumsden / WFAA

WFAA photojournalist Taylor Lumsden documented the move of the historic Big Boy steam locomotive on the slow journey from its long-time home at Dallas Fair Park to a museum in Frisco.




Posted on August 19, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 19 at 8:29 AM

DALLAS — After months of delays, a mammoth steam locomotive is finally (but slowly) headed to its new retirement home in Collin County.

The million pound "Big Boy" was pushed out of the siding at Dallas Fair Park where it has spent nearly the last five decades on Sunday, starting a 55-mile move to the Museum of the American Railroad in Frisco.

The huge engine was built in the 1940s to transport war materials on the rails.

On Sunday, longtime railroad men (and even wide-eyed little boys) came to see the Big Boy off on its next chapter.

"I'm really excited," said young Daniel Cate. "It's actually pretty impressive, and I see why they call it the Big Boy... because it's big!"

It's been slow going. The locomotive was scheduled to be in Frisco by late Sunday afternoon, but there have been several delay along the way.