Steam Train No. 844 Update
From Raquel Espinoza, Union Pacific Railroad
Due to flooding concerns along the Missouri River, No. 844 will depart from North Little Rock at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 9. The train will make brief stops in Russellville and Van Buren before continuing on to Claremore, Oklahoma. It will probably overnight in Claremore.
Engineering projections show that rail lines between Kansas City and Omaha, Nebraska, will be impacted by the flooding, which is why we have to adjust our schedule. We cannot operate No. 844 through high water and Union Pacific is trying to be proactive to keep the steam team out of harm’s way.
We appreciate the community’s patience as we try to get the steam team home safely. On a personal note, I’d like to thank those who covered Union Pacific’s You Route the Steam Contest. This visit would not be possible without your fun stories and the thousands of votes from your readers, viewers and listeners.