Kansas City’s Union Station will be home to the Little Rock Express Tour starting Monday. Click to hear KMZU’s Chris Perkins talk with Union Pacific Railroad Spokesman Mark Davis.

Mark Davis

Press Release from the Union Pacific Railroad:

Union Pacific Railroad’s steam team has established the overnight and display locations for The Little Rock Express as part of Union Pacific’s Great Excursion Adventure – You Route the Steam contest. More than 175,000 votes were cast for four different routes, with the Little Rock Express defeating the Tuscola Turn, Baton Rouge Rambler and Boise Express.

Also, Union Pacific’s legendary steam locomotive No. 844 will be pulling The Little Rock Express Tour instead of the previously announced steam locomotive No. 3985. The decision to switch the locomotives was made since No. 3985 was in Missouri last fall pulling the Missouri River Eagle to help Sedalia, Mo., celebrate the community’s Sesquicentennial.

No. 844 will depart Cheyenne, its home base, May 27 making overnight stops in:

  • North Platte, Neb.;
  • Marysville and Coffeyville, Kan.;
  • Kansas City, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, Mo.;
  • Bald Knob, North Little Rock and Van Buren, Ark.; and
  • Omaha, Neb.

The locomotive also will be on public display for at least one day in the following cities before arriving back in Cheyenne in late June:

  • Kansas City, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, Mo.;
  • Bald Knob and North Little Rock, Ark.; and
  • Omaha, Neb.

The Little Rock Express portion of the tour begins May 29 with the locomotive arriving in Kansas City, Mo., and concludes June 9, after a display day in North Little Rock.

A detailed Little Rock Express Tour schedule that will include the dates, times and location the tour will be in various cities, along with cities where the Little Rock Express will make whistle stops, will be available April 27.

Contest participants who voted for the Little Rock Express will be entered into a drawing for the opportunity to ride a brief segment of the tour. As stated in the contest rules, no tickets will be sold and general public train rides will not be available as part of the tour.

Fans can keep up with the latest Little Rock Express information via Facebook at www.facebook.com/unionpacific or Twitter at www.twitter.com/unionpacific.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.

Missouri, Illinois, Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas media contact: Mark Davis, 402-544-5459 or mwdavis@up.com

Arkansas and Oklahoma media contact: Raquel Espinoza, 281-350-7771 or respinoza@up.com

All other media: Tom Lange, 402-544-3560 or tomlange@up.com