4014 Journeys

The official website of RailGiants' - R&LHS Southern California Chapter's Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 Special Passenger Excursion Train.

The Big Boy Steam Dream
has come true!

Big Boy No. 4014 returns to Southern California this fall.
Ride the Big Boy passenger excursion train: Saturday or Sunday,October 12 or 13, 2019.

Our train transport passengers between Union Pacific's West Colton rail yard & the Barstow area.

Two Travel dates are available.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

  • Metrolink Rancho Cucamonga Station Parking lot to West Colton, via charter bus.
  • West Colton to Barstow area, via train.
  • Barstow area to Metrolink Rancho Cucamonga Station Parking lot, via charter bus.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

  • Metrolink Rancho Cucamonga Station Parking lot to Barstow area, via charter bus.
  • Barstow area to West Colton, via train
  • West Colton to Metrolink Rancho Cucamonga Station Parking lot, via charter bus.

West Colton is a secure railroad facility owned and operated by Union Pacific Railroad, which is closed to public access. Excursion passengers and railfan spectators cannot park vehicles there. Therefore, all passengers must arrive via our charter buses that load from our staging area at Metrolink’s commuter train station in Rancho Cucamonga.

We don’t know the seating class you’ll desire most. We are offering several different seating sections serving different amenities. Food and snacks are included in your ticket price.

Want more information and details?

Take a peek at our ticket sales website here: Big Boy Excursion Tickets

Ticket sales open to the public on Saturday, August 24, 2019.

Destination, passenger amenities, ticket sale dates, prices, and other details are subject to change.

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Night time photo of train departing farigrounds
day time photo of the 4014 in Barstow, California
A yellow painted 4014 in Rawlins, Wyoming in 2014
The Union Pacific 4014 departing fairgrounds in 2014, Pomona, California
The 4014 in Rock Springs, Wyoming in May 2014
The 4014 in Stockton, Utah in May 2014
The 4014 in Laramie, Wyoming in May 2014
The 4014 in Barstow, California on April 28, 2014
The 4014 in Wamsutter, Wyoming on May 7, 2014
The 4014 in Victorville, California in April 2014
The 4014 in Evanston, Wyoming in May 2014
The 4014 in Pomona, California in January 2014


Frequently Asked and Anticipated Questions and Answers

I want to ride the train behind Big Boy. Can I buy tickets?

We will sell tickets to the public beginning
Saturday, August 24, 2019.

Does your excursion have limited seating?

We plan to have many seats for sale.
However, we expect this journey to be extremely popular. Tickets can sell-out quickly.

I will travel from out of town. Where can I arrive by air or car
to ride your train?

Our passenger staging area is the Metrolink Commuter
train station in Rancho Cucamonga. This is a few miles
from Ontario International Airport and the junction of
Interstate Highways 10 and 15, east of Los Angeles.

I want to follow Big Boy and find a place for good photographs. Where is it going in Southern California?

Union Pacific has not yet announced the next Big Boy schedule with dates and locations.

Check Union Pacific’s website for the Big Boy schedule. Union Pacific's Big Boy Schedule

We recommend reading Union Pacific’s safety advice. Union Pacific Safety.


The legend of a Union Pacific Big Boy

  • Designed to pull massive freight trains across the Wasatch Mountains in Utah.
  • Built in 1941, their service concluded in 1959.
  • Vintage photographs exist of their legendary freight train service.
  • Over several decades many asked, “can it run again?”
  • Big Boys were seldomly assigned to passenger trains.
  • Many dreamed of this powerful locomotive again operating under steam power.

Now we can see and experience the real thing.

The organization that returned Big Boy No. 4014 to Union Pacific invites passengers to ride Southern California’s only Big Boy excursion train.

Can you imagine the most famous steam locomotive returning to life after 60 years of retirement? The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Southern California Chapter, operator of RailGiants Train Museum, returned Big Boy No. 4014 to Union Pacific for that purpose. Recently, Big Boy No. 4014 began its second operational life.

Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 will soon return to Southern California to lead a special passenger excursion train, using Union Pacific’s heritage passenger car fleet, as a fund-raiser to benefit RailGiants Train Museum and our organization.

Our journey occurs on October 12 & 13, 2019, and it’s a rare lifetime experience behind the king of steam locomotives.

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4014 Journeys, the Big Boy Passenger Excursion service of:
The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Southern California Chapter