UP Receives Its Last New Steam Locomotive
Steam Locomotive No. 844 was the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific. A high-speed passenger engine, it pulled such widely known trains as the <i>Overland Limited</i>, <i>Los Angeles Limited</i>, <i>Portland Rose</i> and <i>Challenger</i>. When diesels took over all of the 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. Hailed as UP’s “Living Legend,” the engine is known for its excursion runs, especially over Sherman Hill between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyo.