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Little Rock express headed this way

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2011 at 2:03 PM

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The Little Rock Express, a Union Pacific steam engine route named for Little Rock after Arkansans voted en masse via social media networks to route the train through the natural state, will arrive on June 6. David Koon alerted our readers to the contest in January. Full schedule and more info on the jump. From the Union Pacific website:

The Little Rock Express edged the Tuscola Turn by 3,042 votes to win Union Pacific Railroad's "Great Excursion Adventure - You Route the Steam" contest. In a case of old technology meeting new, Union Pacific's legendary steam locomotive, No. 844, is headed to the communities that cast the widest social media network through our contest.

No. 844 will make good on Union Pacific's promise to travel through the communities along the Little Rock Express route, beginning May 29 in Kansas City, Mo., and concluding June 9, after a stationary display day in North Little Rock, Ark. The trip will celebrate the railroad's past with today's wired, social media generation in eight states.

UNION PACIFIC’S LEGENDARY STEAM LOCOMOTIVE HEADS TO ARKANSAS
Little Rock Express Communities Prepare to Celebrate their Social Media Success

WHAT: Union Pacific’s legendary steam locomotive, No. 844, left its home-base in Cheyenne, Wyoming, today and is heading to Arkansas to visit communities that cast the most online votes through Union Pacific’s Great Adventure — You Route the Steam contest. The Little Rock Express route won in voting conducted via Union Pacific’s special contest website. The tentative schedule is listed below, however, trips can experience unforeseen delays from time to time. Please confirm dates and times by visiting www.upsteam.com prior to publishing information or covering an event. In addition, the website includes a detailed media kit with fact sheets, news releases, photos, videos and much more. See news release below for additional details.

Little Rock Express Schedule

Monday, June 6
4:00 p.m. Whistle Stop
109 Southwest Front Street
Walnut Ridge, Arkansas

5:35 p.m. Arrival at Bald Knob, Arkansas

Tuesday, June 7
Layover and Display
603 East First Street
Bald Knob, Arkansas
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, June 8
11:10 a.m. Arrival at North Little Rock, Arkansas

Thursday, June 9
Layover and Display
1000 W. 4th Street
North Little Rock, Arkansas
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, June 10
10:00 a.m. Whistle Stop
Union Pacific Depot on Denver Street
Russellville, Arkansas

12:20 p.m. Arrival
S 2nd Street and Main Street
Van Buren, Arkansas

Saturday, June 11
10:00 a.m. Whistle Stop at Union Pacific Depot
302 South Main Street
Wagoner, Oklahoma

11:10 a.m. Whistle Stop
West Blue Star Drive and Industrial Boulevard
Claremore, Oklahoma

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