The brisk wind and overcast sky was not enough to keep Boy Scouts and train enthusiast away from the Fort Smith rail yard Saturday, January 9th. Why is this, you might ask? Because the Union Pacific No. 2010 Boy Scouts of America Locomotive was on display!
The amazing GE 4400-horsepower, 207 tons locomotive was unveiled in 2010 as a tribute to the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th year anniversary. Commemorative locomotives are very rare and a true honor. Union Pacific has created only 14 commemorative locomotives over the past 150 years. This train has a distinct purpose; it was designed to raise awareness about the values of Scouting, engage more youth and volunteers in Scouting activities, and reconnect millions of Scouting alumni.
Fulfilling their pledge to promote Scouting, Union Pacific’s locomotive has been touring the country for the last three years. Fort Smith was privileged to have the locomotive on display for the Boy Scouts of America’s 103rd anniversary and it showed!
The Fort Smith Pavilion (adjacent to the rail yard) was in celebration high-gear. Booths ranging from Boy Scout info/registration, train safety, and model train displays were all set up for the special event.
Talk about a huge crowd! Within minutes of starting, the Pavilion was packed with Boy Scouts and train enthusiasts young and old. It was quite obvious which displays attracted the most attention…the model trains had the youngsters captivated. As conductors talked about the model train, kids listened intently…it was definitely a lesson parents didn’t have to coerce their children into learning!
It was the main display though, which brought people downtown. The Union Pacific No. 2010 Boy Scouts of America Locomotive was a sight to see! The locomotive is decorated with the national Boy Scouts of America logo, the BSA’s 100th Anniversary logo, the words “100 Years of Scouting,” ten emblems representing stages of Scouting and the 11th emblem for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.
Fort Smith is proud of our local Boy Scouts who live by the Scout Oath and promise to demonstrate strong character, integrity, and leadership while serving their community and neighbors! Keep up the great work!