Courtesy of Union Pacific Steam Program
Steam Locomotive No. 844 made an appearance at the 1984 World Fair. Next week, it will travel through Missouri.
Three chances to see the historic Steam Locomotive No. 844
Next week, Missourians will have the chance to see the historic Steam Locomotive No. 844, the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad, a railroad company that helped lay the foundation for America's current train tracks.
The locomotive, completed in 1944, pulled such widely known trains as the Overland Limited, Los Angeles Limited, Portland Rose and Challenger.No. 844 was placed in freight service in Nebraska from 1957 to 1959. It was saved from being scrapped in 1960, and held for special service.
No. 844 will travel from Cheyenne, Wyoming to North Little Rock, Arkansas from May 27 to June 9 as part of its “Great Excursion Adventure—You Route the Steam” promotion. The Little Rock Express beat out the Tuscola Turn by 3,042 votes. During its route on the Little Rock Express, it will travel through Missouri.
The steam locomotive will be on public display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at all stopping points.
Monday, May 30
Kansas City Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Road
Wednesday, June 1
Jefferson City, Mo. - Union Pacific tracks, at the end of Missouri Blvd., north of W. Mains St.
Friday, June 3
St. Louis, Mo. - Union Pacific tracks, S. Ewing Ave. & Papin St.
To read a detailed schedule and track No. 844's journey online, visit http://www.up.com/aboutup/special_trains/steam/index.shtml.