Before we got away from the hustle & bustle for vacation, I had the opportunity to check out a 1944 steam train.
Union Pacific brought the steam train UP 844 to Sparks as part of the 'Western Heritage' tour 2009. Residents were allowed to check out and peek inside this historic locomotive and take pictures. I took my share of the train as it sat in the Sparks rail yard, then I found a spot on Friday morning as it took off to cross Donner Pass headed for California.
I was impressed with the size and beauty of this old workhorse and wished I could make the trip over Donner with them, to share in the Spring scenery and beauty that surrounds us in the Sierras.
My camera snapped away as the old train made it's way out of town. You can check them out on our Picasa page here.
If you want to learn more about this piece of history or want to try to catch up with it along it's Western tour you can keep up with it on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/up_steam or on their website at http://www.upsteam.com/844history.html#844history .
Take the time if you can to share this experience with your friends and family, it will leave you with memories that will last a life time.