Steam engine set to roll in August

If you want to see a relic from the past, plan on seeing one of these steam engines. The area we live in was tamed by these work horses. The coming of the railroad and the harvesting of the virgin pine forests happened simultaneously. They needed each other. The timber companies had tram railroads scattered all through the forests which carried the car of logs to the main rail lines.

The schedule is as follows:


Beaumont, Texas, I-10 Frontage Rd. and Hollywood Ave. Arrival – 2:30 p.m.


Beaumont, Texas, I-10 Frontage Rd. and Hollywood Ave. Depart – 8 a.m.

Orange, Texas, Holly Lane Crossing along South Ave. Arrival – 9:20 a.m.; Depart – 9:35 a.m.

Lake Charles, 100 N. Ryan St. Arrival – 11 a.m.; Depart – 11:45 a.m.

Kinder, 14th Street Crossing. Arrival – 1 p.m.; Depart – 1:30 p.m.

When steam locomotives come through your community, it is especially important to remember and emphasize safety. The average train overhangs the track by at least three feet and wider loads can extend even further from the tracks. It is imperative that pedestrians stand back at least 25 feet or more from the tracks to avoid debris and steam or being hit by the train itself.

We understand these events and railroad equipment, especially historic equipment like Living Legend No. 844 and Big Boy No. 4014, are fascinating and we want you to enjoy these moments in time with us; but ask that you please do it safely. Since we know capturing the moment with pictures and video is important to many, please check out Union Pacific’s photo policy.

For everyone’s safety

Remember, trains can’t stop quickly to avoid people or vehicles on the tracks.

A train’s distance from you and its speed can be deceiving.

The average train overhangs the track by at least three feet – take extra precaution and stand back at least 25 feet from all railroad tracks.

Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and right-of-way are private property – please do not trespass.

Never assume tracks are abandoned or inactive – ALWAYS expect a train and assume tracks are active.

Hearing protection is recommended.