Union Pacific's Heritage Fleet
This page was last updated on November 21, 2022.
Union Pacific operates a fleet of historic steam locomotives, diesel locomotives, and passenger cars, all under the name of its Heritage Fleet. The locomotives are based at Cheyenne, Wyoming, and the passenger cars are based in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Donation to RHMA, 2022
On April 28, 2022 Union Pacific and Railroading Heritage of Midwest America made a joint announcement that several pieces of equipment would be donated to RHMA, and moved to the RHMA site in Silvis, Illinois, in late summer 2022.
Included in the announcement are the following:
Also included in the donation were the following:
The four coaches (City of Salina, Katy Flyer, Portland Rose, Sunshine Special) and Business Car "Stanford" were moved from storage at Oakland, California, on August 10, 2022, to Council Bluffs; moved from Council Bluffs to Silvis on August 25, 2022, in a special move by the Iowa Interstate Railroad, arriving at Silvis that evening.
UP 2-10-2 5511 and UP 4-6-6-4 3985 were moved from their storage in the Cheyenne roundhouse on September 14, 2022, to the steam shop for preparation for the move to to Silvis. Numerous photos were taken of a line-up of the Heritage steam fleet, including UP 4-8-8-4 4014 and 4-8-4 844, outside of the west side of the steam shop.
The move of UP 3985 and 5511 took place beginning on November 11, 2022, and was completed on November 19, 2022. The special move included UP 6936, C&NW 401, UP 966B, UP Caboose 25740, Business Car "Selma," Diner Lounge 5016 and Baggage 5746.
The equipment was moved as part of what was called a "Donation Special" that departed Cheyenne on November 11, 2022, and arrived at Silvis, Illinois, on November 19, 2022. The move took longer due to the age of UP 5511 and its type of wheel bearings.
The move from Cheyenne to Silvis was by way of Union Pacific across Nebraska to Council Bluffs, then by way of Iowa Interstate across Iowa from Council Bluffs to Silvis, Illinois, which is across the river from Iowa. Silvis is a suburb of the Quad Cities area (Rock Island and Moline in Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa).