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.

Virgil Vanderloo

Virgil Vanderloo spent 38 years working for the railroad, many of those years in Iowa Falls' Mills Tower. The 90-year-old was in town on Tuesday to watch the Big Boy locomotive pass through town.

Jim Leonard

Big Boy Conductor Jim Leonard poses for a photo during the locomotive's stop in Iowa Falls on Tuesday, July 16.

Big Boy

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.

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Big Boy? ha that is misnomer - try gigantic Big Boy that was one huge piece of machinery !

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