After delays, historic steam engine scheduled for move to Frisco Sunday

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by JOBIN PANICKER

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WFAA

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 11:25 PM

DALLAS -- The long-anticipated move for a historic steamer has taken a lot longer than expected for train enthusiasts all over the world.

The Big Boy steam engine No. 4018 was scheduled to be moved in May from Fair Park to Frisco. But that move has been delayed three times.

"We've been receiving inquiries for the last two years. [People are asking,] 'When is this engine going to move?'" said Bob LaPrelle, president of the Museum of the American Railroad.

The steamer has been at Fair Park since 1965. It was first introduced in the 1940s to help transport war materials. LaPrelle said the largest steam engine in the world had a relatively short lifespan.

The engine's move has been delayed three separate times, forcing a lot of calls, e-mails, and Facebook posts to the Museum of the American Railroad asking for updates.

"Our phones are ringing constantly and we're getting e-mails all the time," LaPrelle said.

"We kind of scheduled our lives around this move," said Roger Farkash of T W TrainWorx.

Farkash builds layouts for model trains. He's been doing that for 30 years, and is eagerly anticipating this move. While he calls it frustrating, he also said he can't wait to witness an important part of history.

"Obviously, we want to get it done and get to Frisco, but it just raises that level of anticipation and expectation," LaPrelle said, "so when it does move, a lot of people will be excited and enjoying this."

Big Boy No. 4018 is again scheduled to move on Sunday. For updates on the move, go to the Museum of the American Railroad's website.

E-mail jpanicker@wfaa.com

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