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Our short Union Pacific 4-8-4 844 Chase 7/23/2016

by Chris Guenzler

Skip Waters asked Elizabeth and I if we wanted to go with him to chase the UP 844 steam engine on Saturday morning before the final NRHS trip to Leadville and we of course both said "Yes!". This was coming back from our Georgetown Loop Chase Bus on which we had been bus hosts. So Saturday morning we got up, had a good breakfast at the Quality Inn then walked over to Skip's vehicle from Texas and waited for him to arrive. He did shortly and we drove to 2300 block of York Street and parked the car. Elizabeth and I set up and we waited. We heard the five minute whistle then at 7:00 AM heard the farewell whistle from the Union Pacific 38th Denver Street Yard. Then we saw UP 844 and train coming our way." .

The Union Pacific 844 put on a great show leaving Denver's 38th Street Yard. From here we got on Interstate 70 west to Interstate 25 north to Interstate 76 East to US 85 north to Hazeltine where we turned onto 112th Street and a left to Havanna Street. Elizabeth and I set up while Skip got himself into pacing position.

Union Pacific 844 ran through Hazeltine, Colorado at track speed. From here we gave up the chase and returned to the Holiday Inn for the NRHS trip to Leadville.