UP Trains Carry Olympic Flame to Winter Games

On its way to the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games, a customized Union Pacific train carried the Olympic flame on four separate trips. Two specially painted UP locomotives, a Cauldron Car and 18 additional cars promoted the spirit of the Winter Games. The train traveled more than 3,200 miles through 11 states, one of 10 modes of transportation that included dogsled, horse-drawn sleigh and covered wagon. After the Games, the cauldron car was donated for display to the Utah State Railroad Museum in Ogden.

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For its journey celebrating the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, Union Pacific repurposed and updated the Cauldron car used in the 1996 Atlanta Games. Heaters were installed, and a wall and the cauldron were replaced.

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