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Union Pacific's Historic Steam Locomotive No. 844 Going to North Platte's Rail Fest Celebration

Omaha, Neb., September 05, 2011 – Union Pacific Railroad's historic steam locomotive, No. 844, will be heading to North Platte, Neb., later this month to celebrate the railroad's history and heritage as part of the community's Rail Fest celebration.

"Because Union Pacific's presence and historical ties run deep in North Platte it is only fitting we display such a historically significant steam locomotive during Rail Fest," said Brenda Mainwaring, Union Pacific's director – public affairs for Nebraska and Iowa.  

Find out more on the Rail Fest website.

The steam locomotive will be on display during Rail Fest Sept. 16 through Sept. 18 in downtown North Platte on E. Front St., between N. Chestnut and N. Poplar Sts. Guests will have an opportunity to look inside the cab of the legendary locomotive.

A GPS transmitter, installed in one of the rail cars that travels with No. 844, has been integrated with a map on Union Pacific's website that is updated frequently showing No. 844's location. Enter the word "STEAM" in the search box on the homepage for a shortcut to the map. GPS updates are also available at

About No. 844

Steam Locomotive No. 844 is the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad. It was delivered in 1945. 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 specials 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 those communities' heritage celebrations. Earlier this year the locomotive traveled 2,500-miles pulling the Little Rock Express Tour special as well as being on public display during the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., and pulling the Denver Post Cheyenne Frontier Days train.

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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