UP Transports Olympic Flame
The 1996 Atlanta Games marked the first time the Olympic flame was carried by rail. Union Pacific built a special-edition cauldron car with a 2-million BTU burner that displayed the flame on the journey. The event was only the third time in its history that the railroad painted a locomotive in custom colors other than its noted Armour Yellow. On April 26, the Relay Train began a 40-day, 3,500-mile run from Yuma, Ariz., to Chicago, greeting well-wishers throughout the Southwest, South and Midwest. In all, the torch traveled more than 15,000 miles in 84 days.