Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. (ESV) (Proverbs 30:5)




The Union Pacific Railroad is celebrating the 150th anniversary ot the first transcontinental railroad in America. In recognition of this special milestone event, one of the original "Big Boy" locomotives was completely restored and sent out on a midwest tour this summer. There are 8 remaining Big Boy "locos" in existence, but the 4014 is the only one in operating condition. I think Des Moines was fortunate to be chosen as one of the overnight stops (August 01, 2019) on the summer excursion.  This big guy is now back home in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

It was 150 years ago the golden spike was driven at Promontory Point, Utah. The east meets the west as the Union Pacific connects to the Central Pacific to introduce a new era in America--the age of the transcontinental railroad. I am thinking this event may have actually been the catalyst that ushered in the current age of technology in the United States. The rail system has been such a vital part of our Iowa economy and Iowa agriculture in the past 150 years. I am thankful we were among the hundreds of people to re-live this important event when the 4014 made its stop in Des Moines.