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BIG BOY #4014 NEWS

April 14, 2014

  • Phase 1

    Big Boy #4014’s move across the fairgrounds parking lot began on the morning of Thursday, November 14th, and completed before Thanksgiving. This move required installation and removal of prebuilt panel track sections in a leap-frog process.

  • Phase 2 (See Big Boy #4014 journey its first 53 miles)

    Big Boy #4014 departed the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds at 2:45am, on Sunday, January 26, 2014. It arrived at the Metrolink station in Covina at 4:34am, and departed at 8:08am, after its public display. Big Boy #4014 arrived at Union Pacific’s West Colton facility in Bloomington at 1:08pm. Big Boy was escorted by locomotive U.P. #4884 and Southern Pacific Heritage locomotive U.P. #1996.

    Union Pacific delivered SD40-2c locomotive U.P. #3105, caboose U.P.P. #24567, and insulated boxcar U.P. #453665 to the fairgrounds at 5:40am, on Sunday, January 26, 2014.

    A comprehensive timeline and photos of these events are chronicled on our Twitter page. RailGiants Twitter

  • Phase 3

    The move of Union Pacific Big Boy #4014 from West Colton is scheduled to begin at 8:00 am on Monday morning, April 28, 2014. Its arrival in Cheyenne is expected on Thursday, May 8, 2014.

    This schedule is subject to many factors that can change on short notice. Anyone planning to follow this train should keep their plans flexible.

    U.P. Big Boy Schedule

    GPS Tracking of Big Boy #4014's location


Big Boy & RailGiants News around the web

Riverside Press-Enterprise article, April 16, 2014

Associated Press article, April 15, 2014

Union Pacific Community Ties, April 3, 2014

Union Pacific Community Ties, February 28, 2014

Aurora (Ohio) Advocate article, February 26, 2014

Union Pacific Community Ties, February 21, 2014

Rawlins Daily Times article, February 11, 2014

Caspar Star-Tribune article, February 4, 2014

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin article, February 2, 2014

Riverside Press-Enterprise article, February 1, 2014

Union Pacific YouTube Update, January 29, 2014

Los Angeles Times article, January 28, 2014

Riverside Press-Enterprise article, January 27, 2014

Union Pacific Community Ties, January 27, 2014

Associated Press article, January 26, 2014

San Gabriel Valley Tribune article, January 26, 2014

Riverside Press-Enterprise article, January 25, 2014

Los Angeles Times article, January 25, 2014

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin article, January 25, 2014

Union Pacific-Press Release, January 23, 2014

Los Angeles Times article, January 22, 2014

Union Pacific-Community Ties, January 20, 2014

Riverside Press-Enterprise article, January 19, 2014

Union Pacific YouTube Update, January 10, 2014

Union Pacific-Community Ties, January 10, 2014

Union Pacific YouTube Update, January 7, 2014

Union Pacific YouTube Update, December 2, 2013

Los Angeles Times article, November 16, 2013

KABC-TV (Los Angeles) News Story, November 14, 2013

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin article, November 14, 2013

Los Angeles County Fairgrounds (Fairplex) Blog, November 14, 2013

Union Pacific-Press Release, November 14, 2013

Union Pacific-Community Ties, November 14, 2013

Union Pacific YouTube Update, November 13, 2013

Union Pacific YouTube Update, November 12, 2013

Los Angeles County Fairgrounds (Fairplex) Blog, November 12, 2013

Los Angeles County Fairgrounds (Fairplex) Blog, November 6, 2013

Union Pacific YouTube Update, October 15, 2013

Union Pacific YouTube Update, October 10, 2013

Union Pacific YouTube Update, October 4, 2013

Union Pacific YouTube Update, October 2, 2013

Union Pacific YouTube Update, September 26, 2013

Union Pacific YouTube Update, September 23, 2013

Union Pacific YouTube Update, September 19, 2013

Union Pacific YouTube Update, September 12, 2013

Union Pacific-YouTube Update, August 22, 2013

Union Pacific-Community Ties, August 15, 2013

Cheyenne Convention & Visitors Bureau article, August 26, 2013

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin article, August 8, 2013

Los Angeles Time article, July 29, 2013

Union Pacific-Press Release, July 23, 2013


August 27, 2013

Here are a few of the things RailGiants and railfans will receive:

  • An operating Big Boy Steam Locomotive
    • The entire population, railfans, and the average citizen will experience a restored and operating Big Boy locomotive, which is one of the most awesome machines ever built. Union Pacific No. 4014 is expected to travel throughout the Union Pacific System for many years following its restoration and will be seen by millions of people and generations yet to come.
    • Uncounted railfans have long dreamed of a Big Boy coming back to life on the rails after more than 50 years of retirement. Restoration may take five years to complete.
    • After its restoration, Union Pacific will operate a special passenger excursion train in Southern California for the benefit of our organization. Nearly all excursion details won’t be determined for several years. This excursion promises to be the railfan trip of a lifetime.

  • SD40-2C Diesel Locomotive
    • Union Pacific locomotive number 3105 will be delivered to RailGiants complete, freshly painted in Union Pacific livery, and in operable condition. While not a replacement for a famous steam locomotive, a modern diesel locomotive fulfills one of our strategic goals of appealing to a younger generation of railfans.
    • The SD40-2 is one of the most successful classes of diesel locomotives. Though nearly 4,000 SD40-2 units were manufactured, Union Pacific No. 3105 was one of 74 SD40-2C’s built.
    • This model was the heaviest of all SD40-2’s at 417,000 lbs. to meet Burlington Northern’s specifications for pooling services on Wyoming-bound coal trains.
    • Locomotive U.P. No. 3105 was built in June 1979 as Missouri Pacific Railroad number 6027. After MoPac’s acquisition by Union Pacific, this locomotive was renumbered to U.P. No. 3927 on January 31, 1987. This locomotive later obtained its current road number on January 7, 2003, when its previous road number was assigned to a new SD70M.

  • CA-13-2 Bay Window Steel Caboose
    • Union Pacific caboose number 24567 has until recently been used by the steam operations team in Cheyenne. This caboose was built in November 1967 as Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad (Rock Island) No. 17149. After Rock Island’s acquisition by Union Pacific, the caboose was renumbered to its current road number in April 1980. This steel caboose is a bay window design and has trailed special trains lead by U.P.’s steam locomotives No. 844 and No. 3985.
    • A modern steel caboose will enhance RailGiants’ rollingstock collection. Built in 1923, our wooden Santa Fe caboose No. 1314 is very popular with visiting children of all ages. We look forward to opening a second caboose to our railfans allowing comparison between the old and the new.

  • More to come
    • There are other details involved and other things we’re not ready to announce yet.

July 23, 2013

The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Southern California Chapter and Union Pacific Railroad announced agreement for return of Big Boy steam locomotive #4014 to Union Pacific.

Union Pacific intends to restore and operate #4014 as part of its Heritage Locomotive fleet. The locomotive is planned to be moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, for restoration by Union Pacific’s Heritage Fleet Operations team. Further details will be released as they are available.

Our Board of Directors decided to return the locomotive to Union Pacific for restoration and operation because it will be the best way to preserve this locomotive for future generations of railfans and students of railroad history. The R&LHS Chapter’s goals to encourage interest in railroad history and to preserve railroad equipment would be manifested by Union Pacific’s operation of Big Boy locomotive #4014. This will be the best way for more people to see it, feel it, hear it, and learn about this awesome machine and its place in American history.

We are excited to be working with Union Pacific to achieve the restoration of Big Boy #4014.

Updates will be posted here, and on Twitter @RailGiants

BIG BOY #4014 History

November 1941

Big Boy-class 4-8-8-4 steam locomotive Union Pacific #4014 built by American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in Schenectady NY.

December 1941

Big Boy #4014 delivered to Union Pacific.

July 20 & 21, 1959

Big Boy #4014 completed its final freight revenue assignment from Laramie to Cheyenne, Wyoming. A short 3 hours and 35 minutes, beginning at 10:15pm on July 20th, and completed at 1:50am on July 21st.

October 18, 1961

R&LHS Southern California Chapter sent letter requesting donation of a Big Boy class steam locomotive to Arthur Stoddard, president of Union Pacific Railroad.

December 7, 1961

Union Pacific sent letter to R&LHS Southern California Chapter agreeing to donate Big Boy locomotive #4014.

December 20, 1961

R&LHS Southern California Chapter sent acceptance of donation to Union Pacific, via Western Union.

December 29, 1961

After clearing of winter storms, Big Boy #4014 was painted and prepared for the journey to warm Southern California. It departed Cheyenne WY "dead in train" mostly at speeds up to 25mph.

January 3, 1962

Train transporting #4014 arrived in Las Vegas NV.

January 5, 1962

Train travelled from Las Vegas NV to Yermo CA.

January 6, 1962

Train departed Yermo CA. Santa Fe issued Train Order #30 authorizing top speed of 20mph on its lines. Train transitioned to Southern Pacific at Colton, and traveled to Bassett.

January 8, 1962

Pacific Electric moved Big Boy #4014 from Bassett to its new home at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona CA.