Legendary steam locomotive No. 844 is on the fourth leg of the UP 150 Express, a multi-segment tour celebrating Union Pacific's 150th anniversary, and sharing the company's rich history with the communities it serves.
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 earlier this year 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 stop in Des Moines to be part of the Iowa State Fair activities and will be on display August 9 - 12.
"Our 150th anniversary is a milestone that provides us with the opportunity to thank our communities for supporting Union Pacific," said Robert W. Turner, senior vice president - Corporate Relations for Union Pacific. "We are happy to celebrate our past and look forward to continuing to meet America's freight transportation needs."
Known as the Living Legend, No. 844 is scheduled to make overnight stops with stationary displays along the route before arriving back in Cheyenne, Wyo., August 19. The fifth segment of the UP 150 Express will be heading to the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island and will be on display, Aug. 31 – Sept. 3. 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 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 twitter.com/UP_Steam.