Omaha, Nebraska: Union Pacific Big Boy

Not only Big Boy, "the largest steam train engine ever built," but also Centennial No. 6900, "the largest and most powerful diesel-electric locomotive ever built."

Laurentzen Garden

Address:
100 Bancroft St., Omaha, NE
Directions:
Visible (but inaccessible) on the north side of I-80. To get up close, take I-80 exit 452 (eastbound) or 454 (westbound). Turn north onto 13th St. and then make the second right onto Bancroft St. Drive to the end and park at Laurentzen Garden. A sidewalk and stairway lead from the parking lot to the engines.
Phone:
402-346-4002
RA Rates:
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Big Boy. Union Pacific Big Boy

Two huge diesel engines off the I-80 in Omaha, Nebraska. You can only get to the trains from the botanical gardens' parking lot which closes at night. Also it has the "golden spike" to signify where the Union Pacific started the transcontinental railroad.

[Melissa, 03/30/2011]

Don Jankiewicz points out that the photo with this tip is of a diesel engine, not a Big Boy steam locomotive.

Union Pacific's Big Boy

Union Pacific's large steam engine, "Big Boy" and a more modern diesel counterpart have been moved from Kennefick Park, which was located on Abbott Drive, but is no more. The "Big Boy" is now located at Laurentzen Gardens, the city's botanical gardens, just east of Tenth and Bancroft. Just go to Tenth and Bancroft, about a mile south of downtown, off Tenth Street, turn east, and take Bancroft to where it ends. This is the entrance to Laurentzen Gardens.

[Don Fraysier, 10/22/2005]

Not only Big Boy, but also Centennial No. 6900, "the largest and most powerful diesel-electric locomotive ever built." America's railroad champions, together at last....

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