Historic Union Pacific trains to pass through Missouri

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 | 11:10 a.m. CST; updated 5:33 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 19, 2011

OMAHA, Neb. — Railroad fans in Missouri and Arkansas will have a chance to see one of Union Pacific's historic steam locomotives later this year because they won an online contest.

More than 76,000 votes were cast this month for the Little Rock Express route that the Omaha-based railroad created. That option beat three other possible steam locomotive routes in the online contest.

The trip will begin in Kansas City, and continue east to St. Louis before turning south to Little Rock, Ark. The exact dates for the trip will be set later.

UP maintains the No. 3985 "Challenger" and the No. 844 steam locomotives.

The Challenger is the world's largest operating steam locomotive. The No. 844 locomotive began duty in 1944 and pulled both passenger and freight trains.

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