Union Pacific Displays Historic Steam Locomotive at Political Convention
Company Celebrates Its Community Connections with Railroad Heritage and New Environmentally Friendly Locomotive Technology
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Union Pacific's "Living Legend," UP844.
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Omaha, Neb., August 13, 2008 Union Pacific Railroad's historic steam locomotive, No. 844, will travel from its home base in Wyoming to be on public display during the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colo., celebrating the railroad's history and heritage.
Connecting its past and future, Union Pacific also will have two of the rail industry's most environmentally friendly locomotives – one used for long haul and the other used in rail yards – on public display.
"We are historically tied to 7,200 communities across our system, with many of those community leaders being delegates to the conventions. We look forward to bringing a symbol of living history to Denver to celebrate the railroad heritage we share with those communities, along with two of the most environmentally advanced diesel locomotives – one of which was pioneered by one of our employees," said Bob Turner, Union Pacific's senior vice president – Corporate Relations.
Democratic Convention Featuring No. 844
During the Democratic National Convention in Denver, August 25 – 28, No. 844, also known as Union Pacific's "Living Legend," will be on public display across the street just south of Denver's Union Station at 1701 Wynkoop St.
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 passenger 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 the distinction of never being retired from Union Pacific's locomotive fleet.
Ultra-low-Emission Genset Switcher
Also on public display at Denver will be a Genset rail yard locomotive that Union Pacific pioneered. The Genset yard switcher reduces emissions of nitrous oxides by 80 percent and particulate matter by 90 percent, while using as much as 37 percent less fuel compared to older switching locomotives. The fuel savings also translates into a 37 percent reduction of greenhouse gas.
Union Pacific EPA Tier 2 Road Unit
Accompanying the Genset rail yard locomotive will be a specially painted Union Pacific EPA Tier 2 long-haul 4,300 horsepower road unit that reduces exhaust emissions by more than 40 percent compared to road locomotives built before 2000. The special paint scheme incorporates the historic colors and graphical elements of the former Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad.
A Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) transmitter was installed on one of the rail cars that will travel with No. 844. The GPS system has been integrated with a map on UP's 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 the steam locomotive's location as it travels to and from the convention.
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.
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