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    Thumbs up Union Pacific Steam engine tour

    This was posted on my off road club site, thought I'd pass it along. The UP's steam engine 844 is touring the west, right now it's in Phoenix.

    Here's the schedule:http://www.up.com/aboutup/special_tr.../details.shtml
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    Yeah, she's a beauty and a national treasure. Very last steam engine purchased by the UP in the 1940s. I was sitting at my desk plunking on the computer this morning and heard that deep throated whistle at the crossing behind my office. Wish I could have run out there. So cool!

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    I caught up with the train this morning north of Coolidge, Arizona. Unfortunately, the steam locomotive was essentially under tow. I was told that there was no place to turn the train in the Phoenix area, so the diesel electric helper locomotive had been put in the caboose position and pulled everyone back to the Y at Picacho. At that location the train was reconfigured, with the steam locomotive in its rightful position at the head of the train. Here are a few of the photos that I took. The side view of the locomotive was taken as it backed the train onto the main line at Picacho. The train is spending the night in Yuma.
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    Thanks for posting, nice photos. I wondered about the direction, since they don't have a Y on the UP line around here. Still cool to see her.

    Also, isn't that one of the Heritage diesels, the SP one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by campp View Post
    Thanks for posting, nice photos. I wondered about the direction, since they don't have a Y on the UP line around here. Still cool to see her.

    Also, isn't that one of the Heritage diesels, the SP one?

    I am not really knowlegeable about the subject. I just like trains. Here is a photo of the diesel.
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    Yes, definitely painted up in an interpretation of SP colors. Sort of a mix of the "black widow" paint scheme and the "Daylight" colors as found on engine 4449 in her restored condition. Both UP 844 and SP 4449 are 4-8-4 wheel arrangements and are quite a pleasant sight to see in full steam.

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    Yeah, that's the Southern Pacific unit. There's a whole bunch of them (Heritage schemes) running around on various duties, sometimes working hard. That is a cool looking unit.

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    Darn, I was in Phoenix this week. I wish I'd known it was in town. There aren't too many opportunities to see these anymore.

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    I spent part of Sat morning chasing this thing up the Cajon Pass and out to Barstow. What a magnificent machine!

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