Legendary steam locomotive No. 844 is now on the sixth 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.
No. 844 is traveling 13,000 miles through 15 states as part of Union Pacific's 150th anniversary celebration. The tour makes its next stop in Ogden, Utah, on Saturday, September 22. From Ogden, the UP 150 Express heads to Sparks, Nevada, for a stop on September 26. The sixth leg of the tour will conclude when No. 844 anchors a huge, two-day signature event in Old Sacramento September 29-30 that will include free excursion train rides and free entrance into both the California State Railroad Museum and Sacramento History Museum.
While the train is on public display in Ogden, Sparks and Sacramento, 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.
"Our 150th anniversary continues in the western U.S. as we thank our communities for supporting Union Pacific," said Scott Moore, vice president – Public Affairs - West for Union Pacific. "We are happy to celebrate our past and look forward to continuing to meet America's freight transportation needs."
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.