Union Pacific Number 844, steam locomotive, Topeka visit, September, 2007

No. 844 is the last stem locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad. It was delivered in 1944. A high-speed passenger engine, it pulled such well-known trains as the Overland Limited, Los Angeles Limited, Porland Rose and Challenger trains.

When diesel locomotive took over pulling passenger trains, No. 844 was placed in freight service in Nebraska between 1957 and 1959. It was saved from being scrapped in 1960 and held for special service.

Many people know this engine as No. 8444, since an extra "4" was added to its number in 1962 to distinguish it from a diesel locomotive numbered in the 800 series. The steam engine regained its rightful number in June 1989, after the diesel was retired.

This engine has run hundreds of thousands of miles as Union Pacific's ambassador of goodwill. Union Pacific's "Living Legend," the engine is widely known among railroad enthusiasts for its excersion runs, including Topeka in Sept., 2007.

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engine controlsengine interiorNumber 844 from the front
sighting along the engineon siding track, accepting toursMax by engine wheels
engine shieldfrom across the tracksengine leaks water

Text from Union Pacific handout
Photos © 2007 Carol Yoho

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