Union Pacific assigns No. 844 to lead Little Rock Express

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Union Pacific 4-8-4 No. 844 storms past Mansfield, Texas, on April 10, 2010. The engine will visit Missouri and Arkansas as part of the Little Rock Express this summer.
Christopher Palmieri
OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific will send 4-8-4 steam locomotive No. 844 to Arkansas this year at the head of its “Little Rock Express” tour, the railroad has announced. Earlier plans had called for UP’s other steam locomotive, No. 3985, to lead, but the railroad changed its mind because 3985 had visited Missouri last fall.
No. 844 is to depart Cheyenne, Wyo., May 27, with the trip concluding June 9 after a display at North Little Rock, Ark. Overnight stops will be in North Platte, Neb.; Marysville and Coffeyville, Kan.; Kansas City, Jefferson City, St. Louis, and Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Bald Knob, North Little Rock, and Van Buren, Ark.; and Omaha, Neb. Public displays will take place on the return trip at Kansas City, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, Bald Knob, Little Rock, and Omaha.
Full details of the schedule will be available at UP’s website April 27.

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