Union Pacific Railroad Honors Marshall's Railroad Roots
Mayor Ed Smith Accepts Membership to Union Pacific’s Train Town USA Registry
Spring, Texas, October 22, 2012 Legendary steam locomotive No. 844 made a special stop in Marshall, Texas, to celebrate Union Pacific Railroad's 150th Anniversary and the city's membership into the railroad's Train Town USA Registry.
The train, called the UP150 Express for its journey sharing Union Pacific's rich history with many communities, arrived at the Texas & Pacific Railway depot in honor of the depot's centennial celebration. In addition to getting an up-close look at No. 844, guests stepped inside Union Pacific's vintage Promotory baggage car that has been transformed into a state-of-the-art traveling museum. The traveling display closely replicates the full-scale Building America exhibit that opened earlier this year at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Clint Schelbitzki, Union Pacific director – Public Affairs, presented Marshall Mayor Ed Smith with an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Marshall's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured on the company's special 150th anniversary website, at UP150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Marshall as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," Schelbitzki said. "Union Pacific has been part of the country's fabric throughout the railroad's 150-year history. Our shared heritage with Marshall is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
Southern Pacific Railroad built the first rail line to serve Marshall in 1858, connecting the community to steamboats arriving at the port on Caddo Lake. In 1872, voters approved a $300,000 bond to help Texas & Pacific Railway expand a rail line towards San Diego, Calif. The railroad brought hundreds of new citizens seeking employment. When the line was completed, Marshall became known as the "Gateway to Texas" because it was at the beginning of a rail line that stretched across Texas and into California.
Texas & Pacific Railway merged with the Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1976 and Union Pacific began operating service to Marshall after it acquired Missouri Pacific in 1982. It helped the city preserve Marshall's historic Texas & Pacific depot, which was built in 1912. The restored depot includes an Amtrak station and a railroad museum. It remains an important symbol of Marshall's connection to the railroad.
The UP 150 Express will depart from Marshall on Sunday, October 21 and is scheduled to arrive in Houston for a two-day 150th anniversary celebration on Friday, October 26. Arrival and departure times for the steam train can be found at UPSteam.com. Website visitors can follow No. 844 on a GPS system map that updates the steam location every five minutes. GPS updates are also available at Twitter.com/UP_Steam.
UP Steam App
Combining new technology with the historic allure of its steam locomotives, Union Pacific allows smart device users to track its legendary No. 844 steam engine with the touch of a screen. The UP Steam app offers real-time GPS location, up-to-the-minute schedules, and sends an alert when the locomotive is within 50 miles, among other features. The free app for iPhone, iPad and iPod users can be downloaded at Apple's App Store.
Rail enthusiasts, Abraham Lincoln fans, students, history buffs and employees will enjoy visiting the railroad's interactive and resplendent historical timeline published at UP150.com. Combining history and high-tech, the timeline highlights in detail 60 milestones in Union Pacific's history and features more than 100 photos from Union Pacific's archives.
Union Pacific Steam Locomotive No. 844
Steam Locomotive No. 844 is the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad. It 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 of the 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.
The engine has run hundreds of thousands of miles as Union Pacific's ambassador of goodwill. 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. During the 1990s, No. 844 pulled numerous Denver Post Cheyenne Frontier Days special trains and visited several Oklahoma cities during the Oklahoma Centennial in 2007. In 2010, No. 844 traveled to Harlingen, Texas, and Milliken, Colo., to be a part of heritage celebrations in those communities.
About Union Pacific
It was 150 years ago that Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862, creating the original Union Pacific. One of America's iconic companies, today, Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP), linking 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail and providing freight solutions and logistics expertise to the global supply chain. From 2000 through 2011, Union Pacific spent more than $31 billion on its network and operations, making needed investments in America's infrastructure and enhancing its ability to provide safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and emphasizes excellent customer service. Union Pacific operates competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways.
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