Union Pacific's historic steam locomotive, No. 844 rolled through Arizona this week as part of the state's centennial celebration. The engine is a favorite among railroad buffs, and it's one of the only steam locomotives still in use in the world. Union Pacific calls it their “Goodwill Ambassador,” and it draws large crowds everywhere it goes.
Including Tucson. Thousands of people visited the 844 while it was parked at the railroad yard on Veteran's Day. Another large group welcomed the train on Saturday for a special ceremony at Union Station. People even lined the train route to wave and take pictures as it passed by.
MARK DUGGAN spent some time on train No. 844 during its Tucson visit. He talked with engineer Ed Dickens about what goes into operating the train. And he recorded some close-up sounds, as the legendary iron horse pulled out of town.