Railroad Journeys – Union Pacific

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Climb aboard for the whitle-blowing celebration of Union Pacific’s 40th Anniversary Steam Excursion. On May 17, 1953, the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club sponsored its first steam excursion on the rough-and-ready Union Pacific Railroad. For the first historic trip, Locomotive No. 3967, a coal-burning Challenger equipped with “elephant ear” smoke deflectors, pulled out all the stops on its run from Denver, Colorado to Laramie, Wyoming. Forty years later, that pioneering excursion was recreated with Challenger 3985 as it retraced the trail blazed by the original 3967. The sold-out excursion carried 500 passengers through some of the most legendary terrain and towns of the Old West, including Cheyenne, Denver, Laramie, and Sherman Hill. Along the way, meet passengers who rode on the original excursion, join the photo run-bys as the Challenger muscles up Sherman Hill, and take a powerhouse ride in the cab as the old war-horse tackles the grades outside of Laramie. This is one train ride you will not want to miss.