Union Pacific Railroad celebrates its 150th anniversary and America's favorite pastime with a public display of railroad equipment across the street from TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha June 14-25/26 to help the community celebrate college baseball's championship games. The display, open noon to 8 p.m. each day, includes the legendary steam locomotive No. 844, a 1950s-era Streamliner diesel locomotive, the Promontory traveling museum rail car and a state-of-the-art locomotive engineer/conductor training trailer with the latest virtual simulation computer system.
"Our roots started in Omaha nearly 150 years ago near the very location we are displaying our historic locomotive and other equipment for the community and baseball fans," said Jack Koraleski, Union Pacific president and chief executive officer. "With college baseball and Union Pacific having strong historical ties to Omaha, it is fitting that we celebrate our past and look forward to continuing to meet America's freight transportation needs in the future."
The display area, called Union Pacific's Home Plate, is just blocks from where rail workers broke ground to begin the expansion westward of the nation's first transcontinental railroad that was the result of Abraham Lincoln signing the Pacific Railroad Act of July 1, 1862.
Visitors can step inside Union Pacific's vintage Promontory baggage car that has been transformed into a state-of-the-art traveling museum. The traveling exhibit closely replicates the full-scale Building America exhibit that opened May 12 at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The traveling exhibit takes visitors back in time using the latest interactive touch screen technology to illustrate how Union Pacific supported communities as they were established along the way as the transcontinental railroad was built. The interactive experience culminates with the modern Union Pacific Railroad, which transports goods American businesses and consumers use every day.
No. 844 will pull the traveling exhibit 13,000 miles through 15 states as part of Union Pacific's 150th anniversary celebration. The tour makes its next stops in Denver to pull the 2012 edition of the Denver Post Cheyenne Frontier Days train July 21. Then No. 844 is headed to Des Moines, Iowa, to be on display during the Iowa State Fair August 8 – 12.
Other community displays are planned throughout the year in several other cities in the following states:
Arrival and departure times for the steam train can be found at www.upsteam.com. Website visitors can follow No. 844 on a GPS system map that updates its location every five minutes. GPS updates are also available at http://twitter.com/UP_Steam.