Rail Days 2019 moves to August

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP-TV Big changes are coming to this year's Rail Days and it promises to be bigger and better.

Rail Days organizers say this year's celebration will be held in August rather than September. (Source: Beatriz Reyna/KNOP-TV)

Union Pacific's Big Boy No. 4014 Locomotive is the world's largest steam locomotive. It will be stopping in North Platte as part of the 'Great Race Across the Midwest' tour in August.

The big steam locomotive just underwent five years of restoration, after not being in service since 1959.

Golden Spike Tower officials say the goodwill tour has prompted the dates to change from September to August.

"I think the committee we've been working with is all on board, they understand what it can do to this community, the tourism it can bring to this community," said Golden Spike Tower Executive Director Kirsten Parker. "There are Big Boy chasers out there that will literally will chase the Big Boy for six weeks long while it's out on its tour and they are going to be staying here in North Platte. So it's a really great opportunity for rail fans again to have all three steam engines in one location at one time."

Rail Days will be extended to Tuesday, with the Bailey Yard tours on Monday.

Organizers advice the public to stay up to date with this year's schedule as new events have also been added.