Union Pacific Railroad's 150TH anniversary marched forward as the UP 150 Express made its first stop in Oregon to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime celebration with the community of Eugene. Union Pacific's glimmering E-9 locomotives arrived pulling a new history car, a remodeled passenger-era baggage car, that allows viewers to take a journey through Union Pacific's 150-year history. Union Pacific welcomed the Eugene community to its Eugene rail yard for this historic event.
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.
"Eugene has been connected to the railroad since the 1870's," said Scott Moore, vice president, public affairs - West, Union Pacific. "It is fitting that our first 150th anniversary celebration in Oregon is taking place in a community with which we share such a deep historical connection."
The Eugene community was given the rare opportunity to enter the rail yard and experience Union Pacific's historic equipment up close. The E-9 locomotives of the UP 150 Express, the locomotive simulators and the history car known as the "Promontory" provided an authentic venue for a special presentation to Mayor Kitty Piercy who was presented with a special sign recognizing her community as an official member of Union Pacific's Train Town Registry USA.