Union Pacific's Historic Steam Locomotive No. 844 to Visit South Central States on Heritage Tour
The tour will take the locomotive to several locations for the first time
Omaha, Neb., April 11, 2006 Union Pacific Railroad's historic steam locomotive, No. 844, will be on a 35-day, 10-state tour to celebrate the railroad’s history and heritage.
The South Central States Heritage Express Tour will begin on April 27 when No. 844 leaves Cheyenne, Wyo., and travels to Denver, Colo. The locomotive will make overnight stops and be on display in:
- Denver, Colo.;
- Sharon Springs, Salina, Herington and Pratt, Kan.;
- Guymon and Claremore, Okla.;
- Alamagordo, N.M.;
- Dalhart, El Paso, Alpine, Del Rio, San Antonio, Austin, Palestine and Marshall, Texas;
- Kansas City, Mo.;
- North Little Rock and Russellville, Ark; and
- Fairbury and North Platte, Neb., before arriving back to its home base in Cheyenne on June 1.
"We are extremely proud of our collection of historical railroad equipment, which is the largest of any U. S. railroad, especially our steam locomotives," said Steve Lee, Union Pacific’s manager – operating practices and locomotive engineer.
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.
No.844, also known as Union Pacific’s "Living Legend," returned to service in 2005 after one of the most extensive steam locomotive overhauls in the United States since the 1950s. The work began in 2000 and affected its running gear, pumps, piping, valves and springs, along with replacement of its firebox and extensive boiler work. The cab interior was also 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 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 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.
Jobs at Union Pacific
Currently, Union Pacific has job openings at many locations throughout its 23-state operating system. Opportunities are available in train service, skilled disciplines (e.g., diesel mechanics and electricians) and management. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.up.com and click on "Jobs at UP."
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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