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UP 844 rolls through Rocklin

Train will come back through town Thursday
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Union Pacific Railroad Steam Locomotive No. 844 thundered through Rocklin Thursday afternoon, making its way to Sacramento as part of UP's 150th anniversary celebration.

The train made a whistle stop in Colfax and then rolled through Auburn, Loomis and Rocklin before making a brief stop in Roseville. It was expected to arrive in Sacramento at 5:30 p.m.

The "living legend" is the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific, delivered in 1944, according to UP's website. A high-speed passenger engine, it pulled such widely known trains as the Overland Limited and Los Angeles Limited.

In addition to steam engine No. 844, a variety of other locomotives and equipment will be on special display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Old Sacramento. There will be complimentary entrance all weekend long to the California State Railroad Museum.

The train is expected to come back through Rocklin Thursday on its way to Wyoming and then Texas, according to the website, which maintains a detailed schedule of UP 844's adventures.

~ Colfax Record editor Martha Garcia contributed to this report