THE 844 CAME ROLLING
The crowds started gathering late this afternoon.
Families, photographers, train enthusiasts of all ages,
got in position, to catch a glimpse of
Union Pacific's Steam Locomotive No. 844,
scheduled to come through Kirkwood today.
The train is en route from Cheyenne, Wyoming
to Marion, Arkansas pulling a special
150th Anniversary Commemorative Civil War Troop Train
with 300 civil war historians on their journey
to the Battle of Shiloh Reenactment.
No. 844 is the last steam locomotive
delivered to the Union Pacific Railroad (in 1944),
and is unique, as the only locomotive never retired!
"The loudest sound I've ever heard" is how I describe
the steam whistle as it blasted by me,
standing by the tracks . . .
standing way too close to the tracks!