Largest operating steam locomotive making stops in Nevada

Big Boy No. 4014 is making whistle-stops across California and Nevada in July.

Big Boy No. 4014 is making whistle-stops across California and Nevada in July.

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Union Pacific's legendary Big Boy No. 4014, the world’s largest operating steam locomotive, built to conquer mountains, is making 19 whistle-stops in five states including Nevada this summer during its 2024 Westward Bound Tour from Wyoming to California.

Big Boy left its home base in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on June 30, and is traveling across Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California.

On its return to Wyoming, Big Boy will travel for a short stretch across southeast Idaho.

Remaining scheduled whistle-stops across Nevada and California:

July 6 – Wells, Nevada

July 8 – Carlin and Battle Mountain, Nevada

July 9 – Gerlach, Nevada, 12:30-12:45 p.m., Main Street and Beechnut Court

July 10 — Portola, California, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Western Pacific Railroad Museum, 700 Western Pacific Way

July 11 – Oroville, California

July 14 – Colfax, Amtrak Depot, 11:15 a.m.-11;30 a.m., 99 Railroad St.

July 14 — Truckee, California, Depot, 3:30 p.m.-4 p.m., 10065 Donner Pass Rd.

July 16 – Lovelock, Nevada, 1-1:30 p.m., 8th Street Crossing

July 17 – Carlin, Nevada, 1:15-1:45 p.m., B Street Crossing,

July 19 – Montello, Nevada, 12-12:30 p.m., Montello Road and 4th Street

July 22 – Brigham City, Utah, and Soda Springs, Idaho

July 23-26 – Three Wyoming stops

Display days offer an up-close look at the 1.2-million-pound locomotive along with the "Experience the Union Pacific" rail car, a captivating walk-through exhibition that provides a glimpse into the history of railroading.

Twenty-five Big Boy locomotives were built for Union Pacific to haul freight over the steep grade of the Wasatch Mountain Range in Utah during World War II. Eight were preserved after the locomotives were retired six decades ago, but only Big Boy No. 4014 is still in operation.

A steam tracking map showing No. 4014's location and route will be available at


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