A Wapiti couple returned recently from an eight-day trip spent following the progress of the historic Big Boy 4014 steam engine from Cheyenne to Ogden, Utah.

For Steve and Elaine Haberland, it was a chance to witness the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869.

“We caught up with it in Rawlins,”Steve said. “Several railroad crossings along I-80 as well as Green River and Evanston were also on our route.”

The couple again caught up with the train as it came into Union Station in Ogden where the first of two celebrations was held. 

They asked everyone to use the #done slogan as part of their posts on social media because that is what was telegraphed to let the country know back in 1869 that the trains had met and the tracks were complete.

The other event was a reenactment that took place at Promontory Summit National Historic Park north of Ogden. 

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