OGDEN -- Union Pacific Steam Engine 844 will make a three-day visit to Ogden in November, including a full day of public display on Nov. 27.
Union Station Foundation director Roberta Beverly said the museum is planning for the visit, which will let residents of Top of Utah see one of only two steam locomotives in the UP fleet up close and operating.
The UP's 844 visits Ogden every few years in excursions around the nation to visit railroad festivals and other celebrations. The 844 last visited Ogden in 2009.
This trip, which begins Oct. 29, is a nine-state tour to mark the statehood centennial celebrations in New Mexico and Arizona.
No. 844 is the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific and will travel more than 2,900 miles from its base in Wyoming on the 32-day tour. In order, it will visit Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. The full schedule and detailed itinerary is available on the Internet at www.upsteam.com.
The 844 will arrive in Ogden Saturday, Nov. 26, at 11:45 a.m. in Ogden, coming north from Salt Lake City. It will be on display Sunday, then depart Monday morning, Nov. 28, at 8 a.m.
Before coming to Ogden it will also be on display Friday, Nov. 25, on the Rose Park railroad spur. Leaving Ogden, it will head up Weber Canyon towards Evanston.
The 844 is the last steam engine purchased by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1944.
A high-speed passenger engine, it pulled such widely known trains as the Overland Limited, Los Angeles Limited, Portland Rose and Challenger. With the advent of diesel, it was transferred to freight hauling in 1957, and in 1959 was scheduled to be scrapped but was set aside instead for special service.
Since then, it and Engine 3985, the last remaining Challenger model in the world, have been the UP's historic steam engines used for display and excursions around the nation. The 3985 was last run in 2010 and is undergoing maintenance.