I love big tinplate trains particularly big tinplate steam engines! The new Standard Gauge Challenger and Hudson steam locomotives made by Jim Waterman are great examples of what I like.
That said, there is nothing like the real thing, i.e., REAL BIG STEAM LOCOMOTIVES. Fortunately for me and all other BIG STEAM lovers, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Trans Continental Railroad, Union Pacific has on tour right now one of the biggest steam locomotives ever built, their Big Boy #4014 locomotive. I have seen Big Boy locomotives in action in movies but never up close. Therefore, not wanting to miss this possibly once in a lifetime opportunity, I planning to go see it when it is "on display" in North Little Rock, AR. Please join me there or consider seeing it when it pulls into a railroad station near you!
Below is a link to the 2019 tour schedule for Union Pacific's Big Boy #4014.