Union Pacific is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental railroad by taking Big Boy No. 4014 on tour. One of the stops was in Iowa falls, near the just as historic Mills Tower on the east side.
Virgil Vanderloo has seen steam engines before. He’s seen derailments, trains hitting vehicles, vehicles hitting trains, and just about everything else as a railroad employee. One time he thought he was a goner during a derailment that ended just short of Mills Tower in Iowa Falls.
But even he, at 90 years of age, was impressed when Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014 came chugging into Iowa Falls on Tuesday.