Sparks, Nev., has a rich railroad history stemming back to 1904, when the Southern Pacific relocated its western Nevada terminal from Wadsworth. Initially named after E. H. Harriman, who owned both Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads, the city’s name was changed to Sparks in honor of Nevada Gov. John Sparks. Union Pacific is proud to celebrate its 150th Anniversary in this significant railroad town Wednesday, Sept. 26, as part of a tour through the country’s Western Region.
Union Pacific’s legendary Steam Locomotive No. 844 will be on display for the general public at Union Pacific Rail Yard, 1 South Pyramid Way, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free event parking and shuttle located at 1100 Nugget Ave. (Nugget Hotel), Sparks, NV.
No. 844 was the last steam locomotive built specifically for Union Pacific, and it travels hundreds of thousands of miles as the company’s Goodwill Ambassador. The public also will experience railroad history via the Promontory, a 1962-vintage baggage car transformed into a state-of-the-art traveling museum. The Promontory has 13 large, dramatic graphics and the latest in interactive touch video screen technology.