Union Pacific Railroad's Historic Steam Locomotive No. 844 Coming to Omaha
Omaha, Neb., July 20, 2005 Union Pacific Railroad's historic steam locomotive, No. 844, will be coming to Omaha next week to celebrate the Railroad’s history and heritage.
No. 844, also known as Union Pacific’s "Living Legend," is returning to service after one of the most extensive steam locomotive overhauls in the United States since the 1950s. The overhaul began in 2000 and included extensive overhauls of 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. 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 diesels 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 Los Angeles Union Station in 1989. It is based in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
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 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 No. 844’s location.
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.
For further information, contact Mark Davis: (402) 544-5459
No. 844 Heritage Celebration Schedule
All schedule times are subject to change. No. 844 can run ahead of schedule.
Wednesday, July 27
Depart 8:00 a.m. MDT Cheyenne, Wyo.
Arrive 10:30 a.m. MDT Lodgepole, Neb. - service locomotive downtown
Depart 11:00 a.m. MDT
Arrive 4:00 p.m. CDT North Platte, Neb. - Front St. between Chestnut and Poplar
Thursday, July 28
Depart 8:00 a.m. North Platte, Neb.
Arrive 11:00 a.m. Grand Island, Neb. – service locomotive UP Office – 601 South Front
Depart 11:30 a.m.
Arrive 6:00 p.m. Omaha, Neb. – Qwest Center
Friday, July 29 – Layover and Display
Track just north of Omaha’s Qwest Center – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 30 - Layover and Display
Track just north of Omaha's Qwest Center - 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 31 - Monday, August 1 – Layover and Display
Golden Spike Park – S. 21st St. and 9th Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 2
Depart 8:00 a.m. Council Bluffs, Iowa – S. 21st St. and 9th Ave.
Arrive 11:01 a.m. Grand Island, Neb. – service locomotive 601 South Front St.
Depart 11:30 a.m.
Arrive 4:00 p.m. North Platte, Neb. - Front St. between Chestnut and Poplar
Wednesday, August 3
Depart 9:00 a.m. CDT North Platte, Neb.
Arrive 10:30 a.m. MDT Sidney, Neb. - service locomotive
Depart 11:00 a.m. MDT 9th and Grant Streets
Arrive 2:00 p.m. MDT Cheyenne, Wyo.
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