Union Pacific’s 4-8-4 steam locomotive, No. 844, left Kansas City’s Union Station this morning passing through Olathe for a brief stop in Paola before heading on its way to Oklahoma and finally Houston, Texas with various stops in between. Union Pacific is celebrating its 150-year anniversary and No. 844 and the stop in Kansas City was part of its 13,000-mile tour across the country.
See the video of it passing through Olathe above East Loula Street by clicking here.
Built in 1944 and part of 10 locomotives ordered by Union Pacific, it is one of the nation’s only remaining steam locomotives.
With its historic whistle echoing and white smoke bellowing, the cars its pulling also holds many slices of America’s history. In the museum car is the story of how 150 years ago President Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act, which gave birth to Union Pacific. Also on display is a replica of the golden spike used to connect the Transcontinental Railroad.
Union Pacific 844 is a 4-8-4 steam locomotive owned by Union Pacific Railroad. Built in 1944, it was the last steam locomotive delivered to Union Pacific and is the only steam locomotive never retired by a North American Class I railroad.
Union Pacific 844 was one of 10 locomotives that were ordered by Union Pacific in 1944 and were designated as class FEF-3. The FEF-3 class was similar to the earlier FEF-2 class as both were designed as passenger engines and pulled such trains as the Overland Limited, Los Angeles Limited, Portland Rose and Challenger. UP 844 was reassigned to freight service when diesel-electric locomotives took over passenger service and operated from 1957 to 1959 in Nebraska. It was saved from scrapping in 1960. It was chosen for restoration and is now used on company and public excursion trains, along with revenue freight during ferry moves
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