Cape Girardeau, Mo. –It is official! Union Pacific’s steam locomotive No. 844 will be coming to Cape Girardeau as part of Union Pacific’s Great Excursion Adventure. The steam engine is scheduled to arrive at 2:30 p.m. on June 4. It will be on display for the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 5. Union Pacific’s policies will not allow members of the public to board the train. However, in addition to viewing there will be opportunity to buy a variety of souvenirs. The train is scheduled to depart Cape Girardeau at 8 a.m. on June 6. Cape Girardeau’s Mayor, Harry Rediger, will be giving a brief welcome to Union Pacific around 1p.m. June 5. The train will be parked along the tracks at 500 Aquamsi street. To maximizes safety Aquamsi street will be closed. So, to view the train shuttles will run continuously from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 5th. Shuttles will pick up those wanting to view the train at the River Campus parking lot and the Hutson’s parking lot. Signs noting “UP Shuttle” will be placed at both lots clearly designating where visitors will be picked up.
Steam Locomotive No. 844 is the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad. It was delivered in 1944. A high-speed passenger engine, it pulled such widely known trains as the Overland Limited, Los Angeles Limited, Portland Rose and Challenger. When diesels took over all passenger train duties, No. 844 was placed in freight service in Nebraska from 1957 to 1959. It was saved from being scrapped in 1960, and held for special service. The engine has run hundreds of thousands of miles as Union Pacific’s ambassador of goodwill. It has made appearances at Expo ’74 in Spokane, the 1981 opening of the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans and the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Los Angeles Union Station in 1989. For more information on the steam engine and its travels please visit upsteam.com.
Video of No. 844 stopped in Jefferson City:
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Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau
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