Historic locomotive coming to Boise

Posted at 3:34 PM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-20 17:34:47-04

The historic 844 Union Pacific steam locomotive has been rolling along the tracks since 1944 -- and on this Sunday, April 23, it will be on display at the Boise Depot. “The trip is part of the depot’s 92nd anniversary celebration,” said Boise City Parks and Recreation Department spokeswoman Bonnie Shelton.

Union Pacific’s “Living Legend” No. 844 steam locomotive is currently traveling from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Boise for the event.  

The locomotive is scheduled to arrive at the Boise 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. on Sunday.

The historic locomotive will be on what’s called a “static display” –- which means the public will be able to look inside the cab and speak with the team responsible for maintaining and operating the locomotive.

Free public tours of the Boise Depot are full on Sunday, April 23, Shelton said, but people are welcome to attend the free community celebration that day.

With interest in the historic steam engine’s visit high, 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.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to check out HO, O and G scale live model train exhibits and classic vintage cars on display. 

Boise Depot tours are free and offered the first Sunday of every month at noon and 1:30 p.m.