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J
04-12-2006, 06:05 PM
Get out there and get your photos.

UP's historic steam locomotive No. 844 to visit South Central States on Heritage Tour

South Union Pacific Railroad's historic steam locomotive, No. 844, will be on a 35-day, 10-state tour to celebrate the railroadís history and heritage.

The South Central Heritage Express Tour will begin on April 27 when No. 844 leaves Cheyenne, Wyoming, and travels to Denver, Colorado. The locomotive will make overnight stops and be on display in:


Denver, Colorado;
Sharon Springs, Salina, Herington and Pratt, Kansas;
Guymon and Claremore, Oklahoma;
Alamagordo, New Mexico;
Dalhart, El Paso, Alpine, Del Rio, San Antonio, Austin, Palestine and Marshall, Texas;
Kansas City, Missouri;
North Little Rock and Russellville, Arkansas; and
Fairbury and North Platte, Nebraska, before arriving back to its home base in Cheyenne on Jun01.
"We are extremely proud of our collection of historical railroad equipment, which is the largest of any U. S. railroad, especially our steam locomotives," said Steve Lee, Union Pacificís manager Ė operating practices and locomotive engineer.

A Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) transmitter was installed on one of the railcars that will travel with No. 844. The GPS system has been integrated with a map on UPís Web site. Enter the word "Steam" in the search box on the homepage for a shortcut to the map.

Web site visitors will be able to access route maps with varying amounts of detail. The GPS system will update the map every five minutes showing No. 844ís location.

No.844, also known as Union Pacificís "Living Legend," returned to service in 2005 after one of the most extensive steam locomotive overhauls in the United States since the 1950s. The work began in 2000 and affected its running gear, pumps, piping, valves and springs, along with replacement of its firebox and extensive boiler work. The cab interior was also refurbished. No. 844 was the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad and was delivered in 1944. A high-speed passenger engine, it pulled such widely known trains as the Overland Limited, Los Angeles Limited, Portland Rose and Challenger.

When diesel-electric locomotives took over all passenger train duties, No. 844 was placed in freight service in Nebraska between 1957 and 1959. It was saved from being scrapped in 1960 and held for special service.

No. 844 has run hundreds of thousands of miles for UP's Heritage program. It has made appearances at Expo '74 in Spokane, the 1981 opening of the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, the 1984 World's Fair in New Orleans and the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Los Angeles Union Station in 1989. - Mark Davis, UP News Release

dodi4200
04-13-2006, 02:38 PM
nice.i think that this loco will gather alot of interests around it as its the last steam locomotive delivered to union pacific.
i hope to see pix of it soon in rp.net.

fuente1
04-13-2006, 03:03 PM
Its a nice locomotive. Wish it would come say....a few more states east :)

Wonka001
04-15-2006, 09:12 PM
or, maybe at least one more state west (utah)..