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By Forrest Hershberger
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Big Boy Brings Back Memories


August 14, 2019

Forrest Hershberger

Left, Union Pacific's Big Boy No. 4014 releases steam as it prepares to leave Sidney. Right: The arrival of the Big Boy No. 4014 steam engine drew large crowds along Hickory Street.

There's something about a train that enraptures people. Maybe it is the sense of power, progress and development.

For some, it is the recollection of days gone by.

Thursday morning, The Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 left Sidney westbound for Cheyenne, Wyo. It was completing its midwest tour commemorating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

It was also an opportunity for an unlikely meeting of generations.

Robert Edler recalls his grandfather working on the railroad in Colorado, a job that developed into a lifelong career.

"My grandfather started on th...

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