Union Pacific Railroad Brings America's Pastime Together with An American Icon for College Baseball's Championship Games
Legendary Steam Locomotive No. 844 To Be On Display across from Ballpark
Omaha, Neb., June 13, 2011 Baseball fans and railroad enthusiasts can savor the best of both worlds when Union Pacific Railroad brings America's pastime together with an American icon during college baseball's championship games. Union Pacific's legendary steam locomotive No. 844, along with a new, high-tech diesel-electric locomotive, will be on public display across the street from TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha June 17-29 to help the community celebrate college baseball's championship games.
"Our roots started in Omaha nearly 150 years ago near this very location we're displaying our historic locomotive for the community," said Jim Young, Union Pacific chairman and chief executive officer. "With college baseball and Union Pacific having strong historical ties to Omaha, it is fitting that we help celebrate the opening of the new stadium and the beginning of a new era of championship games by displaying one of our legendary steam locomotives along with one of our newest."
Union Pacific also will display a new high-tech diesel-electric locomotive. Painted in the railroad's traditional Armour Yellow, the design scheme includes American flags on each side of the locomotive. Union Pacific is the only U.S. Class I railroad to honor America in such a way with its locomotive fleet.
"Being from Omaha, I know how important this event is to our community and to families everywhere, and I am proud that our locomotives can be part of this momentous first year," added Young.
The locomotive display area, called "Union Pacific's Home Plate," is where Union Pacific was established when rail workers broke ground to begin the westward expansion of the nation's first transcontinental railroad, the result of Abraham Lincoln's signing of the Pacific Railroad Act in 1862. "Union Pacific's Home Plate" is located near the intersection of Cuming and 12th streets, across the street on the north side of TD Ameritrade Park.
Equipment on Display
No. 844, also known as Union Pacific's "Living Legend," was returned to service in 2005 after one of the most extensive steam locomotive overhauls in the United States since the 1950s. The overhaul began in 2000 and included extensive work on its running gear, pumps, piping, valves and springs, along with replacement of its firebox and extensive boiler work. Even the cab interior has been refurbished. This was the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad. A high-speed passenger engine, it was delivered in 1944 and pulled such widely known trains as the Overland Limited, Los Angeles Limited, Portland Rose and Challenger.
When diesels took over all passenger train duties in the mid-1950s, 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.
UP 7410 is a diesel-electric locomotive delivered to Union Pacific in April 2009 from the General Electric plant at Erie, Pa. Union Pacific operates North America's cleanest and most modern locomotive fleet. Since 2000, Union Pacific has spent approximately $6 billion to purchase more than 3,400 long haul locomotives that meet EPA Tier 0, Tier 1 or Tier 2 regulations, with plans to purchase an additional 100 locomotives in 2011.
This high-tech locomotive has the most environmentally friendly and advanced 12-cylinder 4,400 horsepower diesel engine, turning an electrical generator that feeds power to six of the most advanced motors, providing the greatest pulling power.
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. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive 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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