No. 844, the last steam engine built for Union Pacific is in AR

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    It's a social media networking success and now Arkansans are being rewarded with a legendary piece of railroad history.

    As part of The Union Pacific Great Excursion Adventure, the Little Rock Express Excursion steamed into the Natural State Monday with a stop in Bald Knob.

    Raquel Espinoza-Williams with Union Pacific sits down with THV's Liz Massey to talk about it.

    Steam Locomotive No. 844 is the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad. The engine has run hundreds of thousands of miles as the company's ambassador of goodwill.

    The reason it's in Arkansas visiting communities is because The Little Rock Express route won in voting that was conducted through a contest website. On Wednesday, Governor Mike Beebe along with 50 lucky Arkansans will travel on the train and head to North Little Rock.

    From there it will head to Russellville and Van Buren then it will make its way out of state.

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