Big Boy excursion ticket details: $3,000 for coach, $5,000 for dome

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Restored Big Boy No. 4014 will pull the first public excursion powered by a UP 4000-class ever on May 12.
Trains: Jim Wrinn
OGDEN, Utah — If you want to ride behind Union Pacific Big Boy 4-8-8-4 No. 4014 next month, a ticket for a 65-mile one way trip across the Wasatch Grade that was the reason for the engine’s creation and the primary operating territory for the 25 locomotives will cost you what may be a record amount for a U.S. steam-powered excursion, $3,000 for a coach seat, $5,000 for a dome seat.

That is according to information posted to the Spike 150 Website Friday. Tickets for the May 12 ride go on sale at 10 a.m. Mountain Time on Monday. Only 82 spaces will be available for the doubleheader with 4-8-4 No. 844 through Weber and Echo canyons to the top of Wasatch grade. The trip will be the first ever Big Boy excursion. The last 4000-class UP locomotive ran in July 1959.

The pop up excursion benefits the Golden Spike Foundation that is coordinating Utah’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first transcontinental railroad and the UP Museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The event is more than a train ride. It comes with a May 11 tour of the UP passenger train; interaction with Scott Moore, UP’s senior vice president of corporate relations and chief administrative officer and Ed Dickens, senior manager of the UP steam operations; and a photo op for participants who want to stand on the rear car’s back platform. The next day, riders get breakfast on board, a boxed lunch, and a chartered bus ride back to Ogden.

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