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In 1862 the Union Pacific Railroad was formed, thus this year marks the road's 150th Anniversary. To commemorate this even Union Pacific (Uncle Pete) has sent the 150 Express to the Pacific Northwest. Yesterday it was in Eugene.
1 -- The Electro-Motive Division of General Motors built over 130 E9's and Union Pacific, by far, had the largest fleet of E9s. 35 to be exact. This, #951, is the last of the breed. As delivered it had two v-12s which produced 2,400 HP. In 1994 the three E units in Uncle Pete's Heritage fleet were updated. About the only external differences are the lack of a door in the nose, the lack of the rotating Mars Light, and the addition of ditch lights. The units do have covers which go over the couplers, but on this trip, as well as most of the other Heritage trips, those covers are not used as they sometimes have to put the power on the rear-end for re-positioning purposes.
2 -- E9 #949. This is the locomotive that led the City of Denver on my Dad's last day of working for Uncle Pete. He retired April 30, 1971... the day before Amtrak took over.
3 -- The "Shoshone" brings up the markers. This is the next to oldest piece of equipment in the Heritage Fleet. It was built in 1914 for use by then Chairman Robert Lovett.
4 -- Most of the train in Eugene looking from the rear-end. Visible are the Shoshone (observation car), the City of Denver (diner), and the Walter Dean (a former square-end observation/lounge car). Ahead of the Walter Dean, but not quite visible in this view, are the Museum Car, and four Pullman cars, which serve as quarters for the crew members, and the tool car. This trip departed Council Bluffs, Iowa on July 4, 2012 and will return to Cheyenne, Wyoming July 16, 2012.