News Release; Save the Northfield Depot 7-8-19, Alice Thomas
Save the Northfield Depot has received many inquiries about the Big Boy No. 4014 steam locomotive stopping in Northfield near the depot from 12:45-1 on Wednesday, July 17th. The group joins Union Pacific in sharing the excitement the visit will bring and also wants to remind the public of how to safely observe the world’s largest steam locomotive.
Union Pacific has posted some reminders about railroad safety on its website.
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.
- Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and right-of-way are private property – please do not trespass.
- 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..
- Cross the tracks only at intersection grade crossings; never between intersections. In this case, cross the tracks only on 3rd St. or 2nd St. and not on the area between those streets.
Join the community for the brass quintet that will start playing at the depot at 12 noon with a 30 minute intermission at 12:30 to give visitors time to move to a good viewing spot to watch for the 12:45 arrival and 15 minute stop of Big Boy No. 4014. The concert will continue after the engine leaves at 1 p.m. and continue until 1:30. The brass quintet is one of the “Art on Main Street” projects this summer, a partnership between the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation, Minnesota Main Street and Springboard for the Arts, with support from the Bush Foundation.