2011-11-16 - AZ, Yuma - Union Pacific #844 Centennial Run (13)

2011-11-16 - AZ, Yuma - Union Pacific #844 Centennial Run (20)Steam Locomotive #844 was the last built for Union Pacific.   It first rumbled down the tracks in 1944.    November 16, it stopped for an overnight stay in Yuma as part of a historical run commemorating both the Arizona and New Mexico Centennials.

We were fortunate to be able to see it during it’s overnight stay in Yuma.  The Locomotive is massive, weighing 454 tons. 

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The next photo, showing Ron next to the 80” drive wheel gives puts its size into perspective.

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Steps were provided for a look inside.

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One car was open as a souvenir shop.

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Friends, Hoyt and Bernice, watched it leave Yuma the following morning.  Our schedule did not permit us to do so, but I found this video on YouTube of its departure.

For more details about #844, check out the official website at UP Living Legend #844.

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