is National Train Day around the country will all sorts of festivities taking place. North Little Rock celebrates a bit early as the historic Union Pacific Steam Locomotive No. 844 (shown in Hope, Arkansas photo right) pulls into the Union Pacific station on Thursday, April 22. No. 844 makes a whistle stop at Little Rock ’s historic Union Pacific Station on Wednesday, April 21 at 2 p.m., departing at 2:15 p.m. for North Little Rock. The station is located at 1400 West Markham Street.
The gleaming vintage black and silver vehicle is the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific. It was delivered in 1944. A doozy of a passenger train, it was saved from being scrapped in 1960 and is now used for special runs, such as this one. At the time it was constructed, it was considered speedy at 80 or more miles an hour, making highway traffic seem slow in comparison.
Union Pacific’s “Living Legend” as it is called, is on display from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1000 West Fourth Street in North Little Rock.
Other stops of length in Arkansas include a 30 minute layover in Russellville at the Old Union Pacific Depot on Denver Street, arriving at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 23. From there, it travels on to Van Buren, where it is scheduled to arrive at South 2nd and Drennen Streets at 1 p.m. The engine overnights in Van Buren, departing at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 24.
The full schedule is available on the Union Pacific Website.