Union Pacific Big Boy
Big Boy's 2022 "West Coast Steam Tour"
Union Pacific's famed Big Boy No. 4014 is set to return to the tracks this summer for 2022's "West Coast Steam Tour."
Kicking off June 26 from Cheyenne, Wyoming, this year’s tour will celebrate Union Pacific’s 160th anniversary, railroad heritage and the communities the railroad serves, visiting the Pacific Northwest for the first time since its return to service.
The Big Boy will be on display in four cities:
July 6, 2022: Sparks, Nevada
July 8-9, 2022: Roseville, California
July 15-16, 2022: Portland, Oregon
July 21-22, 2022: Boise, Idaho
Display days include locomotive viewing, access to the “Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car,” a multi-media walk-through exhibition that provides a glimpse at the past while telling the story of modern-day railroading, and live Q&A with the Steam Crew.
Twenty-five Big Boy locomotives were built for Union Pacific to haul heavy freight during World War II and out of the eight still preserved, No. 4014 is the world’s only functioning Big Boy.
Weighing in at 1.1 million pounds, this is the second tour since the locomotive was restored for 2019's "Great Race" tours which celebrated the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s completion, following a retirement that spanned six decades.
Big Boy No. 4014 will leave the Steam Shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming, June 26, making brief whistle-stops in dozens of communities in Wyoming, Nevada, California, Oregon, Idaho and Utah.
Further details will be released in May.