Metrolink News

Friday January 17, 2014

Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 to be on display at Covina Metrolink Station

The historic locomotive will stop during the excursion to Wyoming 

What: Metrolink and Metro are supporting Union Pacific’s move of the Big Boy No. 4014 to Union Pacific's Heritage Fleet Operations headquarters in Cheyenne, Wyo., from the Pomona Fairplex.

For safety purposes, rail enthusiasts are encouraged to view the historic locomotive at the Covina Metrolink Station. No other stops on Metrolink track for public display have been scheduled. Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, along with representatives from local police agencies and private security, will be patrolling the right-of-way to prevent trespassers along the tracks. Violators, along with those who fail to comply, will be cited.

The Big Boy No. 4014 will depart the Fairplex parking lot in the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 26 to begin its 1,260-mile trek.  

Final travel preparations will be made in Colton over the next several weeks before No. 4014 departs for Cheyenne. The public is invited to view Big Boy No. 4014 at the UP Colton yard on February 1-2, and 8-9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All visitors should access the rail yard at 19100 Slover Ave., Bloomington, Calif. Visitors will be permitted in the display area for No. 4014 only. There will be no other rail yard access.

Who: The Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 is one of the most famous locomotives in the world today. It is the heaviest single expansion steam locomotive ever built, weighing about 1,200,000 pounds. The Big Boy class was designed for heavy freight service and was used between Ogden, Utah, and Cheyenne, Wyo. Built in 1941, No. 4014 was retired in 1959 after only 18 years of service. No. 4014 arrived at the Pomona Fairgrounds in January 1962. In the summer of 2013, Union Pacific reacquired Big Boy No. 4014 and plans to restore it for operation as part of its world renowned steam program.

When:Sunday, January 26, 2014; 7 a.m. – Big Boy No. 4014 will be on display beginning no later than 7 a.m.

8 a.m. – Big Boy No. 4014 is scheduled to depart station

Where: Covina Metrolink Station, 600 N. Citrus Ave., Covina, CA 91723 (free parking is available in the parking structure across the street from the station)

Service: The move of Big Boy No. 4014 will create a service disruption to Metrolink’s San Bernardino Line, as crews move the massive locomotive from temporary tracks at the Fairplex onto the main line. The final two trains on Saturday night (379 and 378), along with the first four trains Sunday morning (351, 354, 356 and 357) will be affected. Eastbound passengers taking train 378 on Saturday night, and trains 354 and 356 on Sunday morning, will be bused between Los Angeles Union Station and San Bernardino, making all stops. Westbound train 379 on Saturday night, and trains 351 and 357 on Sunday morning will operate between the San Bernardino and Montclair stations with passengers being bused to remaining stops. Regular rail service is scheduled to resume at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

More: For more information about display dates for No. 4014 and a route map, visit  


Metrolink is Southern California’s regional commuter rail service in its 20th year of operation. The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, governs the service. Metrolink operates over seven routes through a six-county, 512 route-mile network. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the eighth largest based on annual ridership.