Union Pacific Railroad 150th Anniversary Celebration
Union Pacific’s iconic E-9 locomotives will make a historic stop in Spokane. Streamliner Locomotives 951, 949 and 963B are the last of Union Pacific’s high-speed diesel-electric locomotives built for service on the memorable streamliner and domeliner passenger trains. The locomotives, along with the railroad’s traveling exhibit, The “Promontory” museum car, will be stationed behind the Spokane Depot. This community celebration will be open to the public between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with a special presentation with Spokane Mayor David Condon at 11 a.m. The “Promontory” includes several artifacts, including railroad construction tools and remnants from UP’s earliest days, as well as stereo cards from Union Pacific’s one-of-a-kind collection and a 65-inch touch screen highlighting many of the communities the car will be visiting in 2012. All visitors to this free community event will be welcome to come aboard the “Promontory” to view the exhibit. Union Pacific will also have a locomotive simulator at the event that will give the community an up-close look at how trains are operated. Community members will be able to try their hand using the simulator to experience the same kind of training Union Pacific engineers undergo to learn how to operate a locomotive.