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Legendary Union Pacific Railroad Steam Locomotive to Pull 50th Anniversary Special for the Union Pacific Museum

Omaha, Neb., October 28, 2010 – Union Pacific Railroad legendary steam locomotive No. 844 will pull a special train celebrating the 50th anniversary when No. 844 was moved from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Cheyenne, Wyo., and placed in special train service. The train is a fundraising special for the Union Pacific Railroad Museum.

"Union Pacific Railroad is proud of our unique history and we love being able to celebrate special events like this. No. 844 was never retired and has served Union Pacific well as an ambassador for our company over the years. Using our rolling history to support the efforts of the Friends of the Union Pacific Museum makes the celebration even better," said Brenda Mainwaring, Union Pacific's director – public affairs Nebraska and Iowa.

In order to get in position to pull the 50th Anniversary Special train, No. 844 will travel from its home base in Cheyenne, Wyo., to North Platte, Neb., on November 9 and then on to Council Bluffs, Iowa, on November 10. On Thursday, November 11 and Friday, November 12, the locomotive will be on public display at Golden Spike Park, S. 21st St. and 9th Ave. in Council Bluffs.

The 50th Anniversary Special will make a round trip on Saturday, November 13, between Omaha and North Platte. No. 844 will pull the excursion to North Platte. When the special train arrives in North Platte, No. 844 and its support cars will cut away from the train and be placed on the side track between Chestnut and Poplar in downtown North Platte. Diesel locomotives will be attached to the 50th Anniversary Special, taken over Bailey Yard's "sheep jump" and arrive back in Omaha later that evening. The 13-car passenger train is sold out for the trip.

No. 844, also known as Union Pacific's "Living Legend," was returned to service in 2006 after one of the most extensive steam locomotive overhauls in the United States since the 1950s. The overhaul began in 1992, 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.

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. During the 1990s, No. 844 pulled several of the Denver Post Cheyenne Frontier Days specials and visited several Oklahoma cities during the Oklahoma Centennial in 2007. Earlier this year No. 844 traveled to Harlingen, Texas and Milliken, Colo., to be a part of those community's heritage celebrations.

The schedule for the 50th Anniversary Special is:

Tuesday, November 9
Depart 8:00 a.m. MT Cheyenne, Wyo.
Arrival
Depart
10:15 a.m. MT
10:45 a.m. MT
Lodgepole, Neb.
Service Locomotive
Downtown
Arrival
4:00 p.m. CT
North Platte, Neb.
Front St. between
Chestnut and Poplar
Wednesday, November 10
Depart 8:00 a.m. CT North Platte, Neb.
Front St. between
Chestnut and Poplar
Arrival
Depart
10:15 a.m. CT
10:45 a.m. CT
Grand Island, Neb.
Service Locomotive
UP Office - 601 S. Front St.
Arrival
Depart
1:45 p.m. CT
1:50 p.m. CT
Fremont, Neb.
UP Office - 10 S. Main St.
Pass-through 2:15 p.m. CT Missouri Valley, Iowa
Arrival 3:00 p.m. CT Council Bluffs, Iowa
UP Heritage Park
1100 Ave. G
Thursday, November 11
On Display:
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Golden Spike Park
S. 21st St. and 9th Ave.
Friday, November 12
On Display:
Depart
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM CT
6:00 p.m. CT
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Golden Spike Park
S. 21st St. and 9th Ave.
Arrival
Depart
6:30 p.m. CT
7:15 p.m. CT
Council Bluffs, Iowa
UP Heritage Park
1100 Ave. G
Arrival
7:45 p.m. CT
Omaha, Neb.
Durham Museum
Saturday, November 13
Depart 7:30 a.m. CT Omaha, Neb.
Durham Museum
Arrival
Depart
10:30 a.m. CT
11:00 a.m. CT
Grand Island, Neb.
Service Locomotive
UP Office - 601 S. Front St.
Arrival
2:30 p.m. CT
North Platte, Neb.
Front St.
between Chestnut and Poplar
Sunday, November 14
Depart 9:00 a.m. CT North Platte, Neb.
Front St.
between Chestnut and Poplar
Arrival
Depart
10:30 a.m. MT
11:10 a.m. MT
Sidney, Neb.
Service Locomotive
9th and Grant Sts.
Arrival
2:00 p.m. MT
Cheyenne, Wyo.

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 website. Enter the word "Steam" in the search box on the homepage for a shortcut to the map.

Website 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. GPS updates are also available at http://twitter.com/UP_Steam.

During 2010, the Reed Jackson concession car displays a commemorative sign celebrating the National Model Railroad Association's 75 years of service to the model railroad community.

About National Model Railroad Association

Headquartered in Chattanooga, Tenn., the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) is a nonprofit corporation with members from every U.S. state as well as countries around the world. The organization is charged with establishing and enforcing the standards and recommended practices that ensure compatibility of products in the model railroad hobby. Local divisions host meetings, conventions, home layout visits and train shows. Throughout 2010, the 20,000 members of the National Model Railroad Association are celebrating its 75 years of service to the model railroading hobby and industry. NMRA was founded in Milwaukee in 1935. Learn more at www.nmra.org.

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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