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Photo by George Lauby
On the side track shortly before sunset. The North Platte grain elevator is in the background.
Photo by George Lauby
Another view. Tap on photos to enlarge.
Photo by George Lauby
The past and present: A freight train comes down the main line near No. 844, parked on the side rail.

No. 844, Union Pacific’s historical steam powered locomotive, stopped overnight Sunday in North Platte on its way to the College World Series in Omaha.

The train arrived around 4 p.m. Sunday, June 11 and spent the night parked on a side track along Front St., just east of downtown.

It was an opportunity to see and photograph the historical train on the tracks as it appeared in past decades, when passenger trains were a daily occurrence through North Platte.  

No. 844 departed Monday morning. It will be on display throughout the college world series in Omaha, which begins June 15. The train will return June 30.

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.

Union Pacific plans to do extensive parts replacements on No. 844 in 2019. 


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/11/2017
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