Monday, May 01, 2017

David says "My brother took me up on my invitation for a paid road trip to the Boise Depot 92nd celebration. We hadn't done this in 40 yrs....Life ya know?..Wives/kids..etc....... I'm glad he took me up on this, we had fun, and shared stories from our road trips years ago.."

Thanks David!

The Boise Union Pacific Depot is a former train station built in 1925 by the Union Pacific Railroad. In 1990 MK-Morrison Knudsen purchased the depot and renovated it to pristine condition

The historic Union Pacific steam locomotive 844 has been on the rails since 1944. It now makes ceremonial trips around the U.S., and it's visit to Boise is a round-trip from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Boise and back again.

The steam locomotive 844 was the last of its kind built for Union Pacific Railroad in 1944. It was a high-speed passenger engine in its glory days. It pulled well-known trains like the Overland Limited, the Los Angeles Limited, the Portland Rose and Challenger.

When diesels replaced steam to power passenger trains in the late 1950s, 844 was relegated to freight service, but was never officially “retired.”

The locomotive underwent a 3 year major overhaul at the Union Pacific shop in Cheyenne to get ready for its three 2017 excursions. In addition to its Boise trip, the 844 will also travel to Omaha, Neb., for the 2017 College World Series in June and to Cheyenne Frontier Days in July. Last year it was at the Big River Crossing event in Memphis, Tennessee.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing my photos.What was amazing was the cross section of the crowd.The locomotive was just idling but you could feel the power. The kids just went crazy when the whistle sounded...The depot has been restored to it's beauty and I am so glad someone took it on.
    Over 2,000 folks were reported to have viewed it and the weather was fantastic.
    They have a locomotive on static display, it's called "Big Mike"..
    Well worth the trip to visit.