Young and old alike glimpse historic train

Jack Gaines, right, talks with a visitor to Union Pacific Railroad’s No. 844 steam engine Wednesday while the train was on display in Jefferson City. Gaines, who will be 91 in October, used to serve as an engineer on the train.

Jack Gaines, right, talks with a visitor to Union Pacific Railroad’s No. 844 steam engine Wednesday while the train was on display in Jefferson City. Gaines, who will be 91 in October, used to serve as an engineer on the train. Photo by Jeff Haldiman.

Many Mid-Missourians spent part of their day in the Millbottom area of Jefferson City visiting a piece of living history.

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Crew members do maintenance work on Union Pacific Railroad’s No. 844, the last steam locomotive built for the company. The train was on display Wednesday in Jefferson City.

Hundreds came out Tuesday to greet Union Pacific Railroad’s No. 844 steam locomotive and train, and thousands more came out Wednesday to get through part of the train and look inside the last steam locomotive built for the company.

Rick Braunschweig is one of two locomotive firemen who rides the train. His wife, Penny ....

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Frank Ranz, Columbia, gets a look inside Union Pacific Railroad’s No. 844 steam engine, which was on display Wednesday. Friends of Ranz, who is 102, brought him down to the Capital City because of his fondness for trains.

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