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!


Union Pacific and R&LHS Southern California agree to our excursion on Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13, 2019.

Big Boy No. 4014's restoration is complete, and we have begun planning our Southern California Big Boy steam passenger excursion. Destination, passenger amenities, ticket sale dates, and other details have not yet been announced or determined.

Join our 4014 Journeys List to receive excursion updates FIRST.

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


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 ended 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 will occur on October 12 & 13, 2019, and will be a rare lifetime experience behind the king of steam locomotives. Many details remain to be determined.

To help us plan and execute this railfan trip of a lifetime, join our 4014 Journeys List. To obtain information updates FIRST, provide us your email address so that we can send information to you as they are available. We may also seek your input regarding your wishes for the journey. We will not use your email address for any other purpose or disclose it to any other organization.

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