Union Pacific Steam Engine 844, which in 1944 became the last steam engine built for the railroad, visited Pine Bluff Friday, making a brief stop at the Union Station Depot. After making a run through Memphis as part of a Civil War re-enactors' tour, the engine — hailed as UP's "Living Legend" — ventured onward to Pine Bluff. It then departed for North Little Rock, where it will be on display for a couple of days.

Union Pacific Steam Engine 844, which in 1944 became the last steam engine built for the railroad, visited Pine Bluff Friday, making a brief stop at the Union Station Depot. After making a run through Memphis as part of a Civil War re-enactors’ tour, the engine — hailed as UP’s “Living Legend” — ventured onward to Pine Bluff. It then departed for North Little Rock, where it will be on display for a couple of days.

Like St. Louis Southwestern Steam Engine 819, which was built in 1943 and is housed at the Arkansas Railroad Museum in Pine Bluff, Engine 844 came close to being scrapped after diesel locomotives took charge of rail service, but was held for special service. Engine 819 was neglected and abused for several years as a Pine Bluff city park exhibit before volunteers — including schoolchildren — championed its relocation and restoration.

Click here to view a photo gallery of images from the train's stop in Pine Bluff.