Heritage & Steam

Union Pacific Railroad's Legendary No. 844 and One of the Largest Diesel-Electric Locomotives Ever Built to Pull Cheyenne Frontier Days Special Train

Omaha, Neb., July 03, 2013

Union Pacific Railroad's legendary steam locomotive No. 844, along with one of the largest and most powerful diesel-electric locomotives ever built - Centennial No. 6936 - will pull a special train for "Denver Post Cheyenne Frontier Days," as well as a fundraising special for the Cheyenne Depot Museum, between Cheyenne, Wyo., and Denver, Colo. The excursions will celebrate railroad history and the heritage of Union Pacific.

Because the Frontier Days train is long, diesel locomotive No. 6936 will assist in providing No. 844 some extra power and braking on the runs between Cheyenne and Denver. What is unique about the Centennial No. 6936 is that it is one of 47 built exclusively for Union Pacific. The name "Centennial" was selected to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike on May 10, 1869. The locomotives were numbered in the 6900 series to mark the '69 date.

In order to get in position to pull this year's Frontier Days special train, No. 844 will move to Denver from its base in Cheyenne, Wyo., on Thursday, July 18. The 22nd annual "Denver Post Cheyenne Frontier Days Special" will make a round trip on Saturday, July 20, between Denver and Cheyenne.

Special trains have carried passengers to Frontier Days activities as far back as 1908. The trains for invited guests operated each year until 1970, with a time-out for World War II. In 1992, the Frontier Days special train was resumed as a public event. The 20-car passenger train is sold out for this year's trip.

"We are proud to continue to be a part the Frontier Days celebration by pulling such a historic passenger special with the legendary steam locomotive No. 844 along the northern Colorado Front range," said Sara Thompson-Cassidy, Union Pacific's director – Public Affairs in Colorado and Wyoming.

A special train sponsored by the Cheyenne Depot Museum will be pulled by No. 844 on Sunday, July 21 from Denver to Cheyenne. Tickets are still available for this fundraising public excursion. Ticket information can be found on the Cheyenne Depot Museum website at www.cheyennedepotmuseum.org under "Train Excursion."

Schedules

Thursday, July 18
Depart 9:30 a.m. MT Cheyenne, Wyo.
Arrival
Depart
10:45 a.m. MT
11:00 a.m. MT
Greeley, Colo.
Old UP Depot
Service Locomotive
902 7th Ave
Arrival 1:15 p.m. MT Denver, Colo.
No Public Display
44th and Brighton Road
Friday, July 19
No Public Display   Denver, Colo.
Layover Service and Train Preparation
North Yard
Saturday, July 20
Depart 7:00 a.m. MT Denver, Colo.
44th and Brighton Road
Arrival
Depart
8:00 a.m. MT
8:15 a.m. MT
Greeley, Colo.
Service Locomotive
902 7th Ave
Arrival
Depart
10:00 a.m. MT
5:30 p.m. MT
Cheyenne, Wyo.
Depot Museum
121 W. 15th Street
Arrival
Depart
6:45 p.m. MT
7:00 p.m. MT
Greeley, Colo.
Service Locomotive
902 7th Ave
Arrival
8:45 p.m. MT
Denver, Colo.
No Public Display
44th and Brighton Road
Sunday, July 21
Depart 1:00 p.m. MT Denver, Colo.
44th and Brighton Road
Arrival
Depart
2:20 p.m. MT
2:35 p.m. MT
Greeley, Colo.
Old UP Depot
Service Locomotive
902 7th Ave
Arrival
5:30 p.m. MT
Cheyenne, Wyo.
Depot Museum
121 W. 15th Street

A Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) transmitter was installed in 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.

About No. 844

No. 844, also known as Union Pacific's "Living Legend," was returned to service in 2005 after one of the most extensive steam locomotive overhauls in the United States since the 1950s. The overhaul began in 2000, 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. In 2010, No. 844 traveled to Harlingen, Texas, and Milliken, Colo., to be a part of those community's heritage celebrations and pulled 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 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., in 2011. No. 844 traveled more than 13,000 miles through 15 states during 2012 as part of the UP 150 Express tour celebrating Union Pacific's 150th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln signing the Pacific Railway Act and establishing the Union Pacific Railroad Company on July 1, 1862.

About Centennial locomotive No. 6936

Union Pacific Railroad's "Centennial" locomotives are the largest and most powerful diesel-electric locomotives ever built. They stretch more than 98 feet, pack 6,600 horsepower, weigh 278 tons and run as fast as 90 miles per hour.

They were built exclusively for Union Pacific. The name "Centennial" was selected to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike on May 10, 1869. The locomotives were numbered in the 6900 series to mark the '69 date.

The first Centennial, No. 6900, was delivered in time to participate in the Golden Spike Centennial celebrations in May 1969. No. 6936 was built in January 1971.

There were 47 Centennials built by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors Corporation at a cost of more than $500,000 each. The last one, No. 6946, was delivered in September 1971.

The Centennials, designed for high-speed freight service, featured many new engineering advances. They represented a new generation of motive power that could travel farther, with less maintenance than older locomotives.

No. 6936 is the only operating Centennial locomotive remaining, with ten of the locomotives on display. The display locations are: Omaha, Neb.; Pocatello, Idaho; Frisco, Texas; Pomona, Calif.: North Platte, Neb.; Shawnee Mission, Kan. (moved to Union, Ill. in 1991); North Little Rock, Ark.; St. Louis, Mo.; Portola, Calif., and Mexico City, Mexico.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2007-2012, Union Pacific invested $18 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure, including a record $3.7 billion in 2012. The railroad's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates 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. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.

Union Pacific media contact: Mark Davis, 402-544-5459 or mwdavis@up.com

Union Pacific media contact: Mark Davis, 402-544-5459 or mwdavis@up.com

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