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Union Pacific Steam Locomotive No 844

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 well-known trains as the Overland Limited, Los Angeles Limited, Portland Rose and Challenger trains.When diesel locomotives took over pulling passenger trains, No. 844 was placed infreight service in Nebraska between 1957 and 1959.It was saved from being scrappedin 1960 and held for special service.This 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.
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.Hailed as Union Pacific's "Living Legend," the engine is widely known among railroad enthusiasts for its excursion runs, especially over Union Pacific's fabled crossing at Sherman Hill between Cheyenne and Laramie Wyoming.
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