Historic steam locomotive to make stops in Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) " A historic steam locomotive will make special stops in eight cities across Nevada, California and Utah over the next month, including Elko and Sparks.

No. 844, the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad, will head through many cities that witnessed the birth of the railroad on a 32-day "Western Heritage Tour" that began today from its home in Wyoming.

The public will have a chance to see it Tuesday in Elko and Thursday in Sparks. The locomotive will be on display from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days at the Union Pacific yards.

On the return trip, it will make a similar day-long stop on Sunday, May 3 in Portola, Calif.

No. 844 was delivered in 1944 and regularly used until 1959, when diesel-electric locomotives took over all passenger train duties. It's now held for special service.

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