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Union Pacific releases new details about Big Boy tour; Ogden a major stop

By Rob Nielsen - | Apr 10, 2024

Ben Dorger, Standard-Examiner file photo

Steam locomotive Big Boy No. 4014 meets head to head with Living Legend No. 844 during the ceremonial reenactment of the wedding of the rails on Thursday, May 9, 2019, just south of Union Station as part of the Ogden Heritage Festival to celebrate the 150 year anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad.

OGDEN — Union Pacific’s “Big Boy” No. 4014 is set to make a return to Ogden this summer.

On Wednesday, the Union Pacific Railroad announced new details about a planned tour of the system by the 4014, including a planned stop in Ogden.

“Union Pacific’s famed Big Boy No. 4014, the world’s largest operating steam locomotive, will return to the rails this summer with a scenic tour across mountain ranges and high desert vistas in four western states: Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California,” the Union Pacific website announced. “Big Boy will journey from its home base in Cheyenne, Wyoming on Sunday, June 30, en route to Roseville, California, before returning to Wyoming by the end of July. It will make numerous whistle-stops in communities along the way.”

While a full slate of these whistle-stop tours has yet to be announced, the announcement did highlight two public display periods for the 4014 — Roseville, California, (July 12-13); and Ogden (July 20-21).

“The month-long ‘Westward Bound’ tour will honor Union Pacific’s rich railroad legacy and celebrate the railroad’s employees and communities it serves,” the site said. “For part of its journey, the Big Boy’s consist will include an assortment of rail cars giving spectators a glimpse into what the locomotive looked like pulling freight in its heyday.”

In addition to short and extended public displays, the Westward Bound Tour reportedly also will include a special passenger trip to benefit the Union Pacific Museum as its annual gala fundraiser. Information on this trip — such as where it will commence, the cost and how to get tickets — will be released at a later date.

The July journey by the 4014 will be the first part of a tour of a large swath of the Union Pacific system, including visits to parts of the Midwest and South in the fall.

For more information, visit https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm.


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