Union Pacific No. 844 tender derails

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The rear wheel on the tender of Union Pacific 4-8-4 No. 844 derailed yesterday afternoon in Sacramento, slowing traffic on nearby rail lines. The tender derailed on newly built track as it shoving toward the California State Railroad Museum, where the locomotive will be participating in activities commemorating the railroads 150th anniversary this weekend.

After the tender derailed, the trailing diesel helper and passenger cars were uncoupled. The location was near a diamond crossing used by Amtrak and UP freight trains, and while the diamond was not blocked, the locomotive was close enough to foul the signal, so trains had to be “flagged” by the location at restricted speed.

The tender was rerailed about 7:30 p.m. and the locomotive moved to the Sacramento Amtrak station.
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