Arizona Centennial Union Pacific Steam Locomotive Tour
Union Pacific Railroad’s historic Steam Locomotive Engine #844…
traveled along the railroad corridor known as the “Sunset Route” in celebration of New Mexico’s and Arizona’s Centennial, as well as the railroad’s history and heritage.
Not since 1976, during the country’s bi-centennial year, has the steam locomotive made its way through Phoenix and Southern Arizona.
The locomotive made overnight stops and was on display in a number of towns and cities determined by Union Pacific. Engine 844 made its way into Arizona on November 10, 2011!
Starting its tour with a few whistle stops, the train entered into Arizona in Willcox, then headed to Benson, Vail and land in Tucson for a display day.
On November 12, Engine 844 made its way to Coolidge, Gilbert and Tempe for whistle stops, before it makes it’s overnight stay in Phoenix for another display day.
The train then headed down its final route on November 15, heading to Casa Grande, Gila Bend, Wellton and finally making its way to Yuma, the last stop on the tour in Arizona.