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Valley Eagle Heritage tour to stop in Bloomington on Tuesday

By LOURDES VAZQUEZ
April 10, 2010 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated April 9, 2010 at 11:10 p.m.


About the locomotive

No. 844 is equipped with a global positioning system and it can be tracked on the Internet at www.uprr.com/aboutup/excurs/trace.cfm.

Web site visitors will be able to access route maps with varying amounts of detail which are updated every five minutes showing No. 844's location.

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WHAT: Valley Eagle Heritage Tour

WHERE: 101 E. First St., Bloomington

WHEN: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. A concession will be open for people to visit

The last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific will stop in Bloomington on Tuesday as part of the Valley Eagle Heritage tour.

The locomotive travels across the 23 UP states, said Raquel Espinoza-Williams, corporate relations and media director for Union Pacific Southern Region.

The train will travel Tuesday from Houston to Bay City to Bloomington. It will depart Bloomington on Wednesday.

Last week Espinoza-Williams talked about the tour.

Q: When did this particular train begin operating?

A: It was built in 1944 and was used as a high speed passenger train. This is the first time for this one to come down.

Q: Why was the train taken out of service?

A: When diesel electric locomotives were built, the No. 844 was placed in freight service in Nebraska from 1957 to 1959. It was saved from being scrapped in 1960 and held for special service.

Q: What is the Valley Eagle Heritage tour?

A: It's the first time this locomotive travels south of Houston. we're naming this the Valley Eagle Heritage tour after the Missouri Pacific passenger train that traveled between Houston and Brownsville. We're very proud of our steam program and to share it with our communities we have a lot of ties here in Texas and it is important to add Bloomington and the Victoria area.

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