Big Boy locomotive begins California farewell tour

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — An enormous steam locomotive that has been entertaining train enthusiasts at a Southern California museum for years has begun a journey that will ultimately put it back on the tracks.

The 600-ton Big Boy locomotive began the trip Sunday from Pomona to a Union Pacific rail yard in Colton, about 60 miles away.

The locomotive will be on display there for two weekends before beginning a trek to Cheyenne, Wyo., for restoration.

The goal is to get the engine rolling the rails again.

It was one of 25 huge steam engines used on transcontinental rails starting in 1941. The train pulled heavy freight trains over the Wasatch Mountains between Utah and Wyoming. It was donated to the RailGiants Train Museum in Pomona in 1962.

The engine plus its tender, which carries its fuel, weigh 1.2 million pounds.

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