844 stops for students in Pocatello, Idaho

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Union Pacific 4-8-4 No. 844 pauses at Pocatello, Idaho, on April 20 on a round-trip tour from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Boise, Idaho, and back.
Hayley Enoch
POCATELLO, Idaho — Union Pacific's flagship steam locomotive, 4-8-4 No. 844, is on the move.
Undeterred by heavy rains and light snow flurries, in Pocatello came out to see the Northern-type locomotive by the hundreds. School children in Minidoka, Idaho, took field trips to the local railyard to see the train’s arrival. Some chasers traveled from as far as Kansas City to get a glimpse at the historic locomotive.

"We talked about the pressure, temperature, and design of the modern American steam locomotive," Ed Dickens, senior manager of the Heritage Operations team, says of the short presentation provided to the school children.

The 844 and the excursion train are due in Boise at 5 p.m., Saturday, April 22, and will be on public display on from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The return trip will take the locomotive through Ogden, Utah, on April 26, where it will also be on display. The excursion returns to Cheyenne, Wyo., on April 28.

The 844 is the only steam locomotive in the United States that has never been removed from its parent railroad's active service rosters. The 844 has been in excursion service since the 1970s. The Boise Turn is its third trip after the heritage crew temporarily halted excursions to give the locomotive an extensive overhaul. Union Pacific is planning to take the 844 to Omaha, Neb., and Denver in June and July.

More information is available online.

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