Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Historic Union Pacific steam locomotive to stop at Boise Depot

The historic 844 Union Pacific steam locomotive has been rolling along the tracks since 1944 and on April 23, it will be on display at the Boise Depot.

The trip is part of the depot’s 92nd anniversary celebration. 

Union Pacific’s “Living Legend” No. 844 steam locomotive will travel from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Boise, Idaho for the event. 

The locomotive is scheduled to arrive at the depot late in the afternoon on Saturday, April 22. The public is invited to see the steam engine in person during the anniversary celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the next day (Sunday). The historic locomotive will be on static display. The public can look into the cab and speak with the team that is responsible for maintaining and operating this iconic steam locomotive. 

Free public tours of the Boise Depot are full on April 23, but everyone is welcome to attend the free community celebration that day. 

Visitors will also have the opportunity to check out HO, O and G scale live model train exhibits and classic vintage cars on display. Sweet Pitkin’s will be on hand selling comfort food. 

Interest in the historic steam engine’s visit is high and the Boise Parks and Recreation Department expects parking on April 23 to be very tight. Attendees should plan ahead and be prepared to park off site and walk to the event. 

The Boise Depot is a beautiful historic Spanish-style structure operated by the Boise Parks and Recreation Department as a public ceremonial or meeting space and historic site. Designed by New York architects, the building opened in 1925 to elaborate fanfare in the capital city. 

Historic Boise Depot tours are free and offered the first Sunday of every month at noon and 1:30 p.m. For more information about the Boise Depot, click here: http://bit.ly/2ozziC7 

*Photo courtesy of Nick Valdez