Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2012, Union Pacific provided an impressive schedule for steam locomotive 844 to pull the UP 150 Express. The UP traces its beginnings to July 1, 1862, when Congress approved the Pacific Railroad Act to build the first transcontinental railroad. Today, thanks to growth through acquiring other railroads, UP is the largest rail network in the US, with nearly 32,000 miles of track in 23 states.

844 was the final steam locomotive purchased by UP, and is the only one never retired by the railroad. When regular steam ended, UP put 844 to work pulling special trains, mostly to celebrate community, regional and national events around the system.

For our program we chose to cover two of the legs of the UP 150 Express. The first was a two-day trip from Council Bluffs to Des Moines Iowa, where it made a 5-day appearance at the Iowa State Fair. The second leg took the train on another two-day run from Des Moines to Salina, Kansas, by way of Kansas City.

Our documentary can be found on the “Big Steam on the Mainline” DVD. Order your copy today! -!/~/product/category=360233&id=17253964

Thanks for watching, Steve Mitchell,


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