The Union Pacific “Big Boy” commands your notice. It’s the kind of sight that makes a young visitor such as 18-month-old Luke Harper squeal with delight, especially when his dad, Tom Harper of Rochester, N.Y., lifts him up for a better look.
Built to do the work of three smaller engines, the giant locomotive that once pulled troop trains through the mountains of Utah and Wyoming is 132 feet long and weighed just less than 1.2 million pounds when it was operating.
Because it’s conveniently in the parking area of Scranton’s Steamtown National Historic Site, you can’t help pausing to admire it before you enter the museum to see the rest of the collection. Continued