Steam train to make stop in Jefferson City

The World’s Largest Operating Steam Locomotive is coming to Jefferson City.

Locomotive No. 3985 is on its way from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Gorham, Ill., to celebrate railroad heritage on the “Missouri River Eagle — Sedalia, Missouri, Sesquicentennial Tour.”

The locomotive left Cheyenne on Thursday, and will have stopped in North Platte, Neb., Marysville, Kan., and Kansas City before reaching Jefferson City on Monday.

The public may visit the steam engine 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday at the Union Pacific tracks at the north end of Missouri Boulevard.

A Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) transmitter was installed on one of the railcars that travels with No. 3985. The GPS system has been integrated with a map at www.up.com. Enter “Steam” in the search box on the homepage for a shortcut to the map.

Union Pacific Railroad’s long history helped lay the foundation for America’s current and future freight transportation needs. The safe and efficient operation of trains over Union Pacific’s 32,000-mile network benefits everyone. Freight rail service continues to grow, helping to build a cleaner environment. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, freight trains are nearly four times more fuel efficient than trucks. Motorists also benefit when goods move by rail from reduced congestion on highways, as a single Union Pacific train can remove up to 300 trucks off our roads.

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