Schedule set for UP steam trips; passenger cars delivered to Cheyenne

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Union Pacific's salute to armed forces unit, No. 1943, powers a Monday deadhead move delivering passenger cars to Cheyenne, Wyo., for excursions this weekend.
Brad J. Williams

Union Pacific is preparing to run its only steam excursions of the year, the Cheyenne Frontier Days special and a subsequent trip, after a deadhead move on Monday to bring its passenger trainset to Cheyenne, Wyo. Tickets remain available for the Sunday, July 22, trip from Denver to Cheyenne.

Union Pacific 4-8-4 No. 844 will deliver the train to Denver on Thursday in advance of Saturday’s Denver Post Cheyenne Frontier Days Special. On Thursday, the train will depart Cheyenne at 9:30 a.m., with planned stops in Greeley, Colo. (11-11:15 a.m. at the 10th Street crossing) and Adams City, Colo. (12:25-12:40 p.m. at East 69th street and Fairfax Drive). Arrival in Denver is planned for 2:15 p.m., but there is no public access.

On Saturday, the train will depart Denver at 6:30 a.m., with a scheduled stop in Greeley (8:45-9 a.m. at the 8th Street crossing) and arrival at the Cheyenne Depot Museum at 10:15 a.m. At 10:25 a.m., the train will depart to be turned on the wye at Speer, Wyo., with arrival there scheduled for 11 a.m. and departure at 11:25 a.m. It will return to Cheyenne at 11:45 a.m. and leave for Denver at 5 p.m.

Sunday’s trip, the Union Pacific Museum Special, is a one-way move from Denver to Cheyenne, departing at Denver at 1 p.m. and arriving in Cheyenne at 5:45 p.m., with a stop in Greeley (3:45-4 p.m., at the 8th Street crossing). Information and tickets are available here.

These are the only steam events for 2018 as the UP steam crew focuses on preparing Big Boy No. 4014 for events next year to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first transcontinental railroad.

Monday’s deadhead move for the passenger cars — 19 cars, including seven domes — was pulled by the railroad’s salute to the armed forces unit, No. 1943, Spirit of the Union Pacific. More on that locomotive is available here.

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