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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.

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

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Order your excursion tickets here: Big Boy Excursion Tickets

Ticket now on sale. Ticket sales end on Friday, October 4, 2019.


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

You can ride the trains on Saturday October 12, or Sunday October 13, 2019.

Trains transport passengers between Union Pacific’s West Colton railroad yard & Barstow.

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 to Metrolink Rancho Cucamonga Station Parking lot, via charter bus.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

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


We offer several different seating classes with different amenities. Regardless of the seating class you select, breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages, and souvenir gifts are included in your ticket price.

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

Are tickets still available?

A few first-class tickets are still available. Some seats in Steamliner and Premier Classes are available. Executive Class (business car) on Sunday is available for your private group. Opportunities for the public to ride Union Pacific's vintage passenger train, pulled by a Big Boy locomotive, are very limited.

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’s parking lot in Rancho Cucamonga. This is adjacent to the junction of Interstate Highways 10 and 15, east of Los Angeles.

Many airports are located within the general Los Angeles area. Ontario International Airport (ONT) is nearest to our staging area. However, the largest area airport is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is about 60 miles away.

Can I arrive at West Colton on Saturday without first going to Rancho Cucamonga Metrolink?

West Colton is a secure railroad facility that is closed to public access. Parking is not available for excursion passengers and railfans who want to see the train. Therefore, all passengers must arrive via our charter buses that load from our staging area at Metrolink in Rancho Cucamonga. Railfans can view the train from safe locations while on its journey.

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

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

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

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

Can I ride the train on both days?

Yes.

We offer two separate excursions – one on Saturday, and one on Sunday.

A person can purchase tickets for both excursion days. Such a combination includes return charter bus transportation to Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday afternoon, and departing Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday morning. Numerous lodging establishments are nearby Rancho Cucamonga Metrolink Station and Ontario International Airport. Our excursion tickets do not include overnight lodging, nor transportation to or from any lodging establishment.

Passengers are not required to board our charter buses between Rancho Cucamonga and the train in Barstow (in either direction), but would assume several risks if they do not. Such passengers are "on your own" in Barstow Saturday night. Passengers who remain in Barstow on Saturday are responsible for their own lodging in the Barstow area and transportation to and from the lodging establishment of their choice. Passengers must get themselves to the train on time for departure. The train’s schedule is always subject to change so there is no guarantee that it will depart from Barstow on Sunday. This is unlikely, but passengers must plan for the possibility that they will have to find their own way back to Rancho Cucamonga.

Also read, “am I required to ride your charter bus between Barstow and Rancho Cucamonga,” below.

Am I required to ride your charter bus between Rancho Cucamonga and West Colton (in either direction)?

Yes.

All passengers must arrive at West Colton on Saturday morning by bus, and depart West Colton on Sunday afternoon by bus.

Am I required to ride your charter bus between Barstow and Rancho Cucamonga (in either direction)?

No.

But passengers assume several risks if they do not.

Passengers are guaranteed transportation from Rancho Cucamonga Metrolink to the train and return to Rancho Cucamonga via our charter buses after riding the train. Though we expect the excursion train’s destination will be Barstow, this location could change. We guarantee passenger bus transportation to the train, and return to Rancho Cucamonga each day.

Our passengers will not receive a reduced price for bus transportation not used. If passengers choose not to ride our charter buses, they are responsible for their own transportation arrangements and timeliness. We are not responsible for passengers’ untimely arrivals caused by their own travel arrangements, nor are we responsible for notifying any passenger who utilizes an alternate travel method of an itinerary or destination change.

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