Thomas, Big Boy Coming to Duluth Depot

Updated: July 15, 2019 08:17 AM

A historic steam locomotive and Thomas the Tank Engine are both making their way to Duluth this month.


On July 20, Union Pacific's Big Boy No. 4014 will be on display at the Duluth Depot as part of the "Festival of Steam."

Executive Director of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum Ken Buehler says say 24 'Big Boys' were built for Union Pacific in the 1940s. No. 4014 was restored and is now the only operational locomotive of the Big Boys.

"This is the largest, most powerful operating steam locomotive on planet earth," Buehler says.

Thomas and his friends will also be at the Depot beginning July 26. Between 18,000 and 20,000 people are expected to visit Thomas, Percy and Sir Topham Hatt. Buehler says people of all ages will get a positive experience.

"Everyone is a kid at heart," he explains.

Along with a chance to ride on the train, there will be bounce houses, face painting, magicians and festival foods. Proceeds from "A Day Out with Thomas" go toward the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, which is inside the Depot.

WDIO and Good Morning Northland are doing a "Thomas The Train Ticket Giveaway." Click here for more information about the contest.

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