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Union Pacific 4014 West Colton to Barstow 10/12/2019

by Chris Guenzler

This trip is being put on by the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Southern California Chapter and the Rail Giants Museum in Pomona, California andthe Union Pacific Railroad. I joined the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Southern California Chapter before the trip was announced and then got an e-mail about being a car host. I responded with my experience of being a car host and bus host for the NRHS for the last 8 years. When I was chosen to car host both days I was really excited. The only thing was I had to be in Rancho Cucumonga Friday night safety meeting but decided to stay at the same hotel where our meeting would be held and stay there both nights. It was really close to the Rancho Cucumonga Metrolink Station so my early morning trip to be a car host would be quick. I took my alarm clock from home with me. So Friday I worked to my lunch break worked through it so I left at the end of lunch. I drove home and then drove CA 55 to CA 91 where it was bumper to bumper through Corona then the same thing on Interstate 15 other than five miles of my drive. I was glad to reach 4th Street in Rancho Cucumonga. I checked into the Hilton Garden Inn and had a 2nd floor room and working internet. I went over to Carl's Junior and brought back a hamburger. I relaxed worked on this story and at 7:00 PM attended the Safety Meeting in the meeting room. After that, I made a few phone calls and an early night.

10/12/2019 I was up at 3:45 AM and after preparing for my day I drove over to the Rancho Cucumonga Metrolink station. The bus pulled into the West Colton yard and after the passengers debussed, we had our first safety meeting. After the meeting I went into the City of Los Angeles which was the Souvenir Car which had no doors nor passengers assigned to it. I working this car with Dave Arthur on the City of Los Angeles (Souvenir Car) for the trip to Barstow. We prepared the train for the passengers to arrive by bus between 7:30 and 8:00 AM.

The trip

The consist of the train includes Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 4014, UP Water Car Joe Jordan, UP Water Car Jim Adams, UP Helper Diesel Locomotives SD70AH 9072 and ES44AC 2551, Art Lockman tool car, Power car Howard Fogg 209, Museum car Promontory, Green River UP crew deluxe sleeper, Power Car 2066, Walter Dean UP crew Dome, City of Denver UP Crew Diner, Kenefick UP Crew business car, Challenger (Steamliner Dome/Coach), Portland Rose (Steamliner Coach), Katy Flyer (Steamliner Coach), Sunshine Special (Steamliner Coach), City of Salina (Steamliner Coach), Texas Eagle (Steamliner Coach), Columbine (Steamliner Dome/Coach), Missouri River Eagle (Premier Dome/Diner), Colorado Eagle (Premier Dome/Diner), Power Car Crew Car, City of Los Angeles (Souvenir Car), City of Portland (First Class Dome/Diner), City of San Francisco (First Class Dome/Lounge) the and Cheyenne (Executive Observation Car).

I was in the City of Los Angeles which was the Souvenir Car and helped set up the car for sales/

The inside of the Union Pacific City of Los Angeles.

The train at rest at West Colton Yard after I had helped set up the Souvenir Car very early Saturday morning.

Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 4014 the Big Boy.

Union Pacific SD70AH 9072.

Union Pacific ES44AC 2551. I returned to the City of Angeles.

The Rail Giants Souvenirs Banner Birthplace of the Big Boy Steam Dream.

The display Big Boy T-Shirts.

The sale items for this trip. While we waited for our passengers to arrive, the action in West Colton receiving yard kept us all entertained.

The receiving yard switcher went back and forth outside our car. The buses then arrived and all passengers who wanted to had a chance to photograph the Union Pacific Big Boy before they boarded. That was stopped when the crew had to make an air test of the train. That is when our first passengers came into our car to start buying things. Dave Arthur and I gave Dave the low down of our duties for today's trip. I met many people and a few old friends during the trip today. The Souvenir Car staff got through plenty of people and the car emptied out before we departed. We would be taking 300 passengers to Barstow today. At 10:00 AM the train started backing up to the mainline line. We backed past the signal west of Cedar Avenue and once we got a favorable signal the Big Boy 4014 east started pulling the train on its way to Barstow today. The car started to fill up again with more Souvenir hunters.

The West Colton Yard Tower and offices.

At the east end of the West Colton Yard is Pepper Street where many railfans and other were ready to photograph or just watch the train depart the yard. The train will now leave the Sunset Route for the trip over Interstate 10 and beyond on the Palmdale Cutoff completed in 1967.

They made the connection to the Palmdale Cutoff and the Union Pacific 4014 stopped traffic on Interstate 10 this morning. The train ran by Slover siding.

The train crossed over the Metrolink San Bernardino Sub.

The train crossed the Lyle Creek Wash bridge and stopped traffic on Interstate 210. I never realized a steam train had the power to do that.

The train made the big curve by Duffy Street.

An airplane was following our train with Mt Baldy in this scene.


The train made the final big curve to take us into Cajon Pass.

Railfans and others were all over our route this morning here where I shot Union Pacific 4014 last Wednesday.

The train took the curves to reach Dike siding and Devore.

The train went under Interstate 15. Our train entered Cajon Pass.

The train went by Kennebrook on the BNSF and did not use the connection there to get onto the BNSF mainline

The UP 4014 is getting deeper into Cajon Pass

The train is nearing the place called Kennebrook.

The train made the big cuve to enter Blu Cut.

Blu Cut is where we cross the San Andreas Fault Line and the boundary between the Pacific Tectonic Plate and the North American Tectonic Plate.

Right here we are crossing the San Andreas Fault Line with many people taking pictures at Swathourt Road.

We made the turn with the BNSF mainline below our route. The next highlight is the trip around Sullivans Curve.

The trip around Sullivans Curve aboard Big Boy 4014 East.

A few minutes later, the Mormon Rocks came into view.

The train ran past the Mormon Rocks.

Then train ran by the Davis Ranch.

Next we went under the freeway and crossed the old US 66 route with my photographers recording and taking picture of our train.

The train took the curve where the Santa Fe had two tunnels before they double tracked the 2.2% grade.

Plenty of railfans on Hill 562 on this day.

Before we reached Silverwood Connection a BNSF stack train took the 3% grade down to Cajon.

The Big Boy 4014 East took the Silverwood Connection to reach the BNSF mainline just below Summit.

The train took this big curve to reach Summit.

Later in Hesperia we came to the branch of the line to Crushenberry, a place I rode to on a Pacific Railroad Society Trip back on 5/4/1985. I took a break and walked into the dome of the City of San Francisco.

North of Hesperia, a right hand turn.

After Bear Valley Cutoff Road, another right hand turn.

A left hand turn.

Just before we went down to the Frost Flyover, we met BNSF 7454 West.

The train went under the bridge at the Frost Flyover and the train ran to Frost and by the Mojave Narrows Regional Park.

Next the train ran towards the Upper Narrows of the Mojave River.

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