UP 844 steams east today without diesel backup

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Union Pacific 4-8-4 No. 844 arrives on time at Kimball, Neb., this morning as it makes its way to Memphis, Tenn., for an Oct. 22 ceremony.
Kevin Gilliam
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Union Pacific 4-8-4 No. 844 departed on its epic trek to Tennessee this morning, leaving a few minutes after the 8 a.m. scheduled departure time but arriving at its first stop in Kimball, Neb., right on time.

The locomotive is on its way to Memphis, Tenn., for an Oct. 22 dedication ceremony for a former railroad bridge converted into a path. It is headed across Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, and parts of Illinois and Arkansas before returning on Oct. 31.

No. 844 is pulling a five-car train that includes a water tender, but the engine is without its usual diesel accompaniment.

Trains will live-stream portions of the journey, starting Oct. 22. Look for more details here.

No. 844 underwent an extensive rebuild that culminated in its return to steam in July.

Meanwhile, at the steam shop in Cheyenne, UP has removed the cab and is testing Big Boy No. 4014's boiler shell in anticipation of restoring it in time for a 2019 return to steam.

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