Union Pacific 844 steam locomotive to tour Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa

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The Union Pacific 844 steam locomotive. Credit: Union Pacific.
The Union Pacific 844 steam locomotive. Credit: Union Pacific.

The last steam locomotive built for the Union Pacific freight railroad is to go on a 21-day roundtrip of Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa.

The historic train – built in 1944 – will begin its trip in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on June 11. After taking in a number of destinations in Nebraska and Iowa it will arrive in Omaha, Nebraska, where it will be on display for 12 days from June 16. The journey will be completed on July 1.

When diesel trains took over all of the passenger train duties, No. 844 was placed into freight service in Nebraska from 1957 to 1959. It was saved from being scrapped in 1960 and held for special service. The 14-wheeled engine has since run hundreds of thousands of miles as Union Pacific’s ambassador.


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  1. UP 844 is a 4-8-4 class locomotive with 16 wheels. Four leading pilot truck wheels followed by eight driving wheels and finally four trailing truck wheels… Nails on a chalkboard to a railfan!

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