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Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 Chase #1 10/9/2019

by Chris Guenzler

Bill Compton and I decided to chase the Union Pacific Big Boy 4-8-8-4 4014 as it came into Southern California. It would be the day it run from Yermo to West Colton. Chris Parker decided to join us so Bill got the Chris's a motel room in Barstow and one for him. Chris would take Metrolink 312 from LAUPT to the Rancho Cucumomga station. I came up with a plan of five excellent photo locations all in fantastic morning to mid afternoon lighting. I worked the morning before the trip then Bill and Maryann picked me up and we drove to his home in Hunington Beach to drop off Maryann. We drove the Interstate 405 to the 605 to 10 which we took to Milliken Avenue and Chris Parker was waiting for us. We took Interstate 15 to Devore and Cajon Blvd and CA 138 to the Summit Valley Road to the Frost Flyover to check to see if we could still take picture there and we could drove to Barstow and checked into the Motel 6 there where I watched NCIS while Bill and Chris got dinner. We called it an early night.

10/9/2019 We got up and then drove to the Barstow Station MacDonald's where I had hot cakes and sausages. We then drove out to Daggett and made our way out to the Mojave River Bridge and set up for pictures.

The photo scene.

Union Pacific 9051 East at Daggett.

Union Pacific 4014 West crossing the Mojave River. We drove back a different way to a paved road going back through Daggett to Interstate 40.

Three pacing shots by Nebo as we pulled ahead of the train. We drove through Hodge and went to the grade crossing at Indian Trail Road.

Union Pacific 8543 West at Indian Trail Road.

BNSF 7720 East at Indian Trail Road.

BNSF 7243 West at Indian Trail Road.

Union Pacific 4014 West at Indian Trail Road.

Three pacing pictures north of Oro Grande. We got ahead of the train and then made our way through Victorville to the overlook of the Frost Flyover.

BNSF 5459 West with KCS ES44AC 4872 in its motive power lashup at Frost.

Union Pacific 8020 East at Frost.

Union Pacific 4014 West at Frost. We then got ahead of the train and took Rancho Parkway to Interstate 15 to CA 138 at turned onto the road at Canyon Siding at parked. We all went up the hill to the old mining area and set up for our next set of pictures.

I spotted the Union Pacific 4014 West above the freeway.

Next right below the freeway.

I spotted the Union Pacific 4014 West at the Davis Ranch.

I then spotted the BNSF 5459 West as it came in view.

Next the Union Pacific 4014 West came into view.

The BNSF 5459 West came first.

Union Pacific 4014 West passed by the Mormon Rocks and headed east through Canyon siding. Next we headed to Palm Avenue for the final photo location of the trip.

A photo line at our last location.

Union Pacific 4014 West came by Palm Avenue and headed to West Colton Yard. We dropped Chris off at Rancho Cucumonga Metrolink Station before Bill drove me home to Santa Ana. This ends our coverage of the Union Pacific 4014 West for this day.