We had a unique opportunity to see and photograph this special steam engine #844, UP's "Living Legend". It was saved from the scrap yard and put into special service in 1960 after diesel engines took over the rails but has been retired from passenger service over 60 years ago. It has become Union Pacific’s ambassador of goodwill. This engine left Cheyenne, WY Tuesday, where it was restored and returned to service in 2016, on a special excursion to Boise and then back again. This was photographed as it passed by our house. It was pulling several passenger cars and a back up diesel engine.
Found a bit more info on this engine (from local newspaper). Construction was completed in 1944, weight is 454 ton.
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