November 18, 2011

Chasing UP 844

UP No. 844 in all her glory, climbing Donner Pass in April 2009. (click pics to enlarge)
Union Pacific's goodwill ambassador, 4-8-4 no. 844, is barnstorming the southwest to celebrate the centennial anniversaries of Arizona and New Mexico. In a surprise move, UP extended the tour to include California, and as I write this, the big Northern is on display today in Fontana, Cal. Tomorrow she'll steam up Cajon Pass (following Route 66) and spend the night near Barstow; on Sunday, she'll continue on to Las Vegas and points east. The remaining schedule can be found HERE.

It was hard to resist a steam chase, especially when 844 is storming up Cajon on my birthday! So my family kindly let me loose for a road trip. To get in the mood, here are a few photos from the last time I followed 844, an April 2009 trip over Donner Pass.

Crowds are part of the modern steam experience. I'm expecting about a zillion people on Cajon Pass tomorrow.
Then again, people are what make these chases fun. Above, fans snap pictures of 844 departing Truckee in 2009.


Scott Stewart said...

Elrond - awesome photos. You are quite talented. I remember back at FCS when we were just kids how fascinated you and Bob Spinuzzi were over model trains. Good to see that your passion was kindled way back when! Blessings!

Elrond Lawrence said...

Thank you for the kind note, Scott! A nice bonus of the day was meeting up with Bob for dinner in Barstow.