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December 1944

UP Receives Its Last New Steam Locomotive

Steam Locomotive No. 844 was the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific. A high-speed passenger engine, it pulled such widely known trains as the Overland Limited, Los Angeles Limited, Portland Rose and Challenger. When diesels took over all of the passenger train duties, No. 844 was placed in freight service in Nebraska between 1957 and 1959. It was saved from being scrapped in 1960 and held for special service. Hailed as UP’s “Living Legend,” the engine is known for its excursion runs, especially over Sherman Hill between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyo.

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In Spring 2011, thousands of people lined the <i>Little Rock Express</i> tour route as No. 844 traveled to and from North Little Rock, Ark., visiting communities that cast the most votes during UP's Great Excursion Adventure – You Route the Steam contest.

In 2012, Union Pacific celebrates the shared stories that have shaped our country since 1862. To mark our 150th anniversary, we invite you to explore how the nation’s largest railroad came to be and how UP continues to build America with innovation and tenacity, touching the lives of nearly every citizen.