Archive for Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Legendary Union Pacific steam engine coming to Lawrence

September 20, 2006


Union Pacific Railroad's legendary steam locomotive No. 844 is expected to pass through Lawrence about mid-day Thursday.

The train has been traveling from its home base in Cheyenne, Wyo., to Kansas City, Mo.'s Union Station for a weekend train show.

The locomotive is scheduled to stop at 10:30 a.m. at Topeka's Overland Station Depot, 701 Kansas Ave. It will depart at 11 a.m. for Kansas City, and would pass through North Lawrence sometime before noon. It is not scheduled to stop in Lawrence.

You can see the train's schedule at Kansas City Union Station's Heritage Express page. You can follow the train's location by clicking on the "Steam Locomotive Trace" link.

UP No. 844 and other trains will be on display at Union Station Friday through Sunday.


Fred Whitehead Jr. 11 years, 6 months ago

Make that Challenger 3985. Yes Richie, I made a typo!

Chris Phillips 11 years, 6 months ago

They couldn't go around Lawrence Macon, railroads don't have the roundabouts.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 11 years, 6 months ago

Just a few notes about UP 844. It is the only steam locomotive in the world that has never been removed from service since it was bought and placed in service in 1944. The railroad has kept it in service and in operation long after steam-powered locomotives were replaced by diesel-electric locomotives in the 1950s and 1960s. There are other steam locomotives that have been restored and are used for public relations service (UP Challenger 3965 has also visited Lawrence, but it was retired from service in the 1960s) This is truly a unique and interesting event and I hope that people can go out and see a piece of history on the rails.

Chris Phillips 11 years, 6 months ago

I saw one 4 or 5 years back come through in the summer I think...pretty impressive.

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