Union Pacific Railroad Celebrates 150 years by showing off Steam Engine

I never was much into trains.  I like riding them and watching them go by which is very cool, but it was never a hobby of mine like it is to some.

The Union Pacific Railroad is celebrating it’s 150th anniversary this year by showing off one of the last known steam engines in existence in our country: UP 844.  It was built in the 1940s.  If you aren’t into trains, seeing a steam engine will change your mind – they are definitely much different than a regular locomotive you would see now.  the whistles are louder, and they are much much taller.  very very cool.

It came into Little Rock, Arkansas two weeks ago so I had a chance to see it come into the Union Pacific yard than which was pretty cool.  It was there for two weeks and left this morning on it’s way to San Antonio, Texas.  It made a short 30 minute stop in Pine Bluff, Arkansas this morning after leaving the Little Rock yard.  We chased it for quite a ways to try and get great footage of it running down the track which was pretty cool.  We probably followed it for a good 2 hours or so.  Very very neat.  Included in this post are some photos I took the day it arrived in Little Rock. 

There is a 27 minute video available of it but unfortunately couldn’t post the whole thing to facebook, but you can see the 19minute video by clicking the following image:

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If you want to see the full video just let me know and I will send you a disc with it.

 

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