Living Legend Northern No. 844
We were work-camping in Benson, Arizona, several years ago, and Steam Locomotive No. 844 train stopped briefly outside of town. It stayed long enough to get some pictures of the last steam locomotive built for the Union Pacific Railroad in 1944. I took a million pictures with my little Kodak! I am posting a few of them and will post more later. It was a chance of a lifetime!
It was the high-speed passenger engine. If you want to learn the complete history, google No. 844, the living legend. When diesel engines took over all passenger train duties, 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.
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.
Among railroad enthusiasts, the No. 844 “Living Legend” is widely known for its excursion runs! Especially over Union Pacific’s fabled crossing of Sherman Hill between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming.