Union Pacific Railroad launched the latest segment of its UP 150 Express excursion today with a public celebration in Pocatello, the first of several stops in a special tour of the Pacific Northwest. Three gleaming Streamliner locomotives brought the UP 150 Express to Pocatello to kick off a community celebration at Pocatello's beautiful Union Pacific Depot, pulling a recently unveiled baggage car that has been converted into a rolling history museum that tells Union Pacific's 150-year history using art, graphics and the latest in touch-screen technology.
Streamliner Locomotives 951, 949 and 963B are the last of Union Pacific's high-speed diesel-electric locomotives built for service on the memorable streamliner and domeliner passenger trains. Also known as E-9s, the Streamliner locomotives pulled famous trains that included the City of Los Angeles, City of Portland, City of San Francisco, City of St. Louis and the Challenger.
"We are proud to celebrate Union Pacific's 150th anniversary with the Pocatello community," said Scott Moore, vice president, public affairs – west, Union Pacific. "Steeped in railroad history, Pocatello will play a prominent role in the future of our company and the building of America."
Pocatello mayor Brian Blad was on hand as Union Pacific awarded the city of Pocatello a place in its Train Town USA Registry with a commemorative Train Town USA sign that will forever designate Pocatello as a city that has a historic and future connection to the railroad
The Train Town presentation kicked off Union Pacific's 150th anniversary community celebration giving Pocatello residents the rare opportunity to see the E-9's up close, take a ride on Union Pacific's mini train, as well as tour Union Pacific's just launched Promontory baggage car that has been transformed into a state-of-the-art traveling museum. The traveling exhibit in the baggage car 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.
The UP 150 Express will be on display on the tracks immediately behind Pocatello's Union Pacific Depot on July 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.