Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad’s Completion
Highland Park —- The Big Boy No. 4014, a one-million pound steam locomotive, will be touring the Union Pacific system, taking it through Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Wyoming. On Friday July 26th sometime between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. one the largest steam locomotive ever built is going to be passing through Highland Park on the railroad tracks west of route 41.
The trip is part of a nationwide tour celebrating the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad. In honor of the event the HP Historical Society is presenting a program on the building of the transcontinental RR and the history of passenger rail through Highland Park.
Highland Park Historical Society presents ‘Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad’s Completion.’ The program will be held in the auditorium of the Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Avenue, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.
Railroad experts will provide a history of the Transcontinental railroad with Stuart Gordan and Ron Scheff, locally Chicago Northwestern with Don Weil, Chicago North Shore with Jim Kach and conclude with the Big Boy by Ron Scheff.
For further information, please contact the Highland Park Historical Society: 847.432.7090 or archives@HighlandParkHistory.com Admission is free.
Youtube video shown during the program: