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UP #844 Near Gibbon, NE on 4/28/10

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Uploaded on Apr 29, 2010

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In April, 2010, Union Pacific's Northern Class steam locomotive, #844, took a trip to south Texas for the Valley Eagle Heritage Tour. I missed the departing trip through Nebraska because I didn't know about it in advance, but I was able to catch up with it when it made the return trip back to Cheyanne. I and two friends chased the train from Hastings, to Kearney.

We'd intended to get video of it crossing the Platte River south of Shelton, but underestimated how fast the train would be moving, and it beat us across the river by almost ten minutes. ;) We caught back up with it at Gibbon, where it had stopped for servicing. For the first time ever, I tried the video function on my camera, though I wasn't quite prepared for the train's departure, so I missed a few seconds at the start.

Once the train had pulled away, we jumped in the car and took off after it. In just two minutes it had already accelerated to 50mph, and I pulled ahead of it to look for a spot to get a runby shot of it. I pulled off on a turnout and my friend Jason shot a few seconds of video out the back window of my car. That video is somewhat washed out, unfortunately, since it was angled toward the morning sun. We never caught back up to the train because it apparently did not slow down as it passed through Kearney, and we hit every single red light on the way through town. :P We tried to catch back up to it between Kearney and Elm Creek, but aside from a glimpse of it far ahead of us in the distance, we didn't see it again.

We'll try and do a better job next time it comes through. ;)

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