Big Boy Celebration
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Pacific
Event Type(s)
Member Event
Event Description
The WPRM is pleased to announce that train operations during our Big Boy Celebration will be operated by Western Pacific 0-6-0 steam locomotive 165, the only operating WP steam engine.
Union Pacific "Big Boy" 4014 and Western Pacific 165 are both products of the American Locomotive Company.
So join us on Wednesday, July 10, 2024 to enjoy a grand day out with caboose trains pulled by a historic Western Pacific steam locomotive taking you to view the world's largest steam locomotive, Union Pacific 4014. The event will also include model railroad exhibits, historic rail equipment, motorcar rides provided by the West Coast Railroaders Group and more!
The museum will open at 9 AM and close at 6 PM the day of the event. Parking is limited at the museum.
Access to view the “Big Boy” requires admission to the museum. Admission includes caboose train and motorcar rides. Pre-event, tickets can be purchased online at
The day of the event, you will present your online receipt or ticket voucher at the entry gate to receive a wristband(s) and car pass, or purchase tickets at the entry gate. Admission will require a wristband.
Tickets can be purchased online pre-event. They are $20 general admission and $10 for those 5-18, 65 and over, and active military. Children 4 and under are free. At the entry gate on event day, prices will be $25 and $15 respectively. Feather River Rail Society members are free with their membership cards *.
For more information and additional announcements, please visit
The Western Pacific Railroad Museum is located at 700 Western Pacific Way, west of Old Town Portola, across the Feather River from California Highway 70. Our website is
Don’t miss this rare chance to see the world’s largest operating steam locomotive!
Keep Safety Top of Mind
• Stand back at least 25 feet from all railroad tracks.
• Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and right of way are private property - do not trespass.
• Never assume tracks are abandoned or inactive - ALWAYS expect a train.
* - FRRS members with individual memberships (Associate, Active, Life) get 1 free admission, Sustaining members receive 2 free admissions and family levels (Family, Family Life) get 2 adult and 3 youth admissions.
NOTE: Schedules and events subject to change. The FRRS is not responsible for any changes to the event caused by outside factors such as mechanical breakdowns, weather or schedule changes. Also, no coolers, ladders or other standing platforms will be allowed into the Big Boy viewing area.
Setting: In-Person
Western Pacific Railroad Museum
700 Western Pacific Way
Portola, CA 96122

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