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Published on Oct 30, 2011
To celebrate New Mexico's and Arizona's statehood into the union in 1912, Union Pacific ran a steam special to New Mexico and Arizona via, Colorado, Texas, and on the return trip, California, Nevada, Utah and back to Cheyenne. Today's leg of the trip was from Denver's North Yard, to Colorado Springs on Colorado's Joint Line. This is the third time the 844 has ran on the Joint Line since 1998, so this sight was very welcoming to literally thousands.
Personal Input: I woke up at 4:30 in the morning to prepare, endured below freezing temps, and it was all worth it! The train was amazing!! Short, but amazing! The train consisted of 844, the forth time I've seen it I'm person, and in tow was UP 1996, the third heritage unit I've seen in person. I chased this train from Denver all the way to Colorado Springs, a distance of about 72 miles. Like every steam special, the crowds were massive in numbers, but nothing compared to what will happen in New Mexico and Arizona.