Union Pacific's Historic Steam Locomotive to Pull Special Trains Between Denver and Cheyenne

Omaha, Neb., July 19, 2006 – Union Pacific Railroad historic steam locomotive No 844 will pull two public special passenger train excursions between Cheyenne, Wyo., and Denver, Colo. The excursions will celebrate railroad heritage on Union Pacific.

In order to get in position to pull this year’s Frontier Days special train, No. 844 will move to Denver’s Union Station from its base in Cheyenne, Wyo. on Thursday, July 20. On Friday, July 21, the locomotive will be on public display at Union Station.

The "Denver Post Frontier Days Special" will make a round trip on Saturday, July 22, between Denver and Cheyenne. This is the 15th operation of this special train in recent years. Special trains have taken passengers to Frontier Days activities from Denver as far back as 1908. The trains operated each year, with a time out for World War II, for invited guests until 1970. In 1992, the Frontier Days special train resumed as a public event. The 20-car passenger train is sold out for this year’s trip.

The steam locomotive will again be on public display on Sunday, July 23 at Denver’s Union Station from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. MDT.

"We are proud to have No. 844 pull this historic passenger special with our collection of historical railroad equipment, which is the largest of any U. S. railroad," said Steve Lee, Union Pacific’s manager – operating practices and locomotive engineer.

A special train sponsored by the Lionel Collectors Club will also be pulled by No. 844 on Monday, July 24 from Denver to Cheyenne. This excursion is also sold out.

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 1992, 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. 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 passenger train duties in the mid-1950’s, 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.

The schedule for the special trains is:

 Union Pacific 844
Thurs., July 20
Dep.: 9 a.m. MDT
Arr.: 12:01 p.m.
Cheyenne, WY - UP rail yard
Denver Union Station
1701 Wynkoop St.
Friday, July 21
Layover and Public Display
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. MDT
Denver Union Station - 1701 Wynkoop St.
Saturday, July 22
Denver Post Frontier Days Special
Dep.: 7 a.m.
Arr.: 9:45 a.m.
Denver - Union Station
Cheyenne - Depot Museum
121 W. 15th St.
Dep.: 5:30 p.m.
Arr.: 8 p.m.
Denver Union Station
1701 Wynkoop St.
Sunday, July 23
Layover and Public Display
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. MDT
Denver Union Station - 1701 Wynkoop St.
Monday, July 24
Lionel Collectors Club Special
Dep.: 10 a.m.
Arr.: 2:30 p.m.
Denver - Union Station
Cheyenne - UP rail yard

A Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) transmitter was installed on one of the railcars that 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.

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."

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