Union Pacific 2022 Calendar

The Union Pacific pioneered transcontinental rail service. Eventually, running freight through half of America meant long consists hauled by some of the largest locomotives ever built. Reaching back to the end of the steam era, Union Pacific pictures giants ranging from the unique Union Pacific Type 4-12-2, the 4-8-8-4 Big Boy, a heavyweight Harriman Pacific Type 4-6-2, and beyond steam to innovative gas-electric turbines and the computer-controlled, diesel-electric EMD SD60. Roll on!

This 2022 monthly wall calendar features:

Large blocks for notes | Superbly printed throughout | Reproduced on quality 100-pound paper | Deluxe 11 by 14-inch size

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Engines and locations featured in the 2022 edition include:

• Union Pacific 4537 and two other units lead a westbound priority intermodal train around a sweeping curve near Red Buttes, WY, on February 11, 2001. Laramie is about eight miles west of here. The best title for this image is: Wyoming Winter. 

• With the ever-present Meadow Gold Milk sign looming behind Denver’s Union Depot, 2897 is arriving with the local passenger train from Cheyenne, WY, (Train #52) on February 2, 1950. In 1912, Union Pacific purchased 50 of these heavyweight Harriman Pacific Type (4-6-2) locomotives from Alco-Brooks, primarily for passenger train service. After the date of this image, their numbers started to dwindle. A few remained in service in Kansas and two others, 2888 (set aside in 1955) and 2897 (set aside in 1956) remained in Cheyenne-Denver local passenger train service. 

• Union Pacific 6042, and another SD60 just like it, lead a westbound double stack train on the approach to Dale, WY, in the early afternoon of May 13, 1990. Photographs like this in-your-face view were commonplace 30 years ago, but security precautions and the locking of access gates make images like this almost impossible on Sherman Hill today.

• Union Pacific 275 is on a local freight near 40th Street, Denver, CO, on May 5, 1952. 275 is a Class C-1 Consolidation (2-8-0) built in 1904. This image was taken in the twilight of its career.

• Union Pacific 9000, a 4-12-2 Union Pacific Type, is running light at East Los Angeles, CA. U.P. and subsidiary roads had 88 of these engines on their combined rosters. Between 1926 and 1930, the American Locomotive Company built them all, all coal burners with three cylinders, and only the Union Pacific had locomotives of this wheel arrangement. All remained in service until 1954 with one exception: 9018 suffered a major boiler explosion in October 1948. Scads of new EMD GP9’s arriving in 1954 made the 4-12-2s redundant. All but one went to scrap, all but the first one. In May 1956, 9000 was moved to Pomona, California for display. It remains there today. 

• Union Pacific 4019 was constructed by the American Locomotive Company in 1941; 4019 was the last of a 20-locomotive order turned over to Union Pacific in January 1942. Casually named “Big Boy” by an employee at ALCO, the name was chalked on the front of the boiler. Management had selected a different name, but the Big Boy moniker stuck. Facing immense demand for wartime freight and military transport, Union Pacific, management ordered five more locomotives. With their 4-8-8-4-wheel arrangement, these were the largest reciprocating steam engines ever built. They were very successful, but the Diesel Age was upon the railroads by the late 1950’s. Of the 25, by 1960 only two locomotives in this class were stored and serviceable; 4019 was one of them. Eight were saved for display, but 4019 was not chosen. After sitting on a storage track at Cheyenne, WY, it was sent to scrap in 1962. Here, in happier times, 4019 is getting a westbound freight underway leaving Cheyenne on June 24, 1956. 

• Union Pacific 828 and 819 are on a long westbound National Parks Special as it rolls westbound across the high hill at Dale Junction, WY, on July 29, 1956. Both are FEF Class Northerns; 828, in the lead, was added at Cheyenne help maintain the timetable speed. The National Parks Special was a weekend-only passenger train, operating from Chicago, Illinois to various national parks, set up mainly for tourists.

• Union Pacific 804, A Class FEF-1 (4-8-4) Northern, is helping diesels on Train #27, the westbound San Francisco Overland near Granite, WY on August 31, 1957. The Overland was primarily a mail train by this time. In order to meet running time, 804 had been added at Cheyenne to assist in helping it over Sherman Hill. It would be removed at Laramie, WY. Union Pacific’s first order, filled in late 1937, was for 20 locomotives, Numbers 800 through 819. By mid-1939, 15 Class FEF-2’s (820 through 834 were in service, with many improvements, including larger driving wheels, which added speed. Yet another Class, the ten locomotives of Class FEF-3, arrived in the early 1940’s. Several 800’s were put on static display, and the last one built, 844 was never retired. It is used occasionally on passenger specials and for promotional events. Number 838 is stored at the Cheyenne, WY roundhouse as a parts engine for 844. 

• Union Pacific Gas Turbine Electric 10 and four GP20’s are teamed up with a westbound freight at Dale Junction, WY, coming off #3 Track and crossing over to the main line on September 24, 1960. The combined horsepower of the Turbine and the four GP-20’s is 16,500. Turbine 10 was built by General Electric and delivered in December 1959. It could be operated at speeds of up to 65 miles-per-hour. It was in service for a little more than nine years. The turbines could get up and go, but their maintenance costs were a thorn in the Operating Department’s side. All 30 of them were retired in 1969 and 1970, at roughly the same time as the arrival of the DDA40X Centennials.  

• Union Pacific 529 is on the point of a westbound freight, assisted by two GP30’s and two GP30B, at Riview, WY, on October 14, 1967. 529 was built by Electromotive Division in March 1948 as an F3A. In 1959 it was one of 41 F3A’s rebuilt to F9A specifications, and in February 1972 it was sold to the Rock Island Railroad. Riview is located a few miles west of Green River, Wyoming. 

• Union Pacific 9501 is on the point of a 60-car westbound freight at Elkhorn, NE, on November 22, 1953. There were 88 4-12-2 three-cylinder locomotives, all built by American Locomotive Company starting in 1926. With their long wheelbase, they were hard on track, especially on mountain track with steep grades and curves. After trying some of them on the Oregon Short line and the Oregon Washington Line, most were reassigned to the Nebraska Division, while some were sent to the Kansas Division. Well into 1954 all but 9018 (the victim of a boiler explosion) remained in service. However, in the next year or so new diesel deliveries pushed the entire class into retirement, and only the first locomotive was saved. 9000 was sent to Pomona, CA and put on display. It remains there today. 

• Union Pacific 5041, a Class TTT (2-10-2) built in 1923 by Alco-Brooks, is seen here at the Council Bluffs, IA, engine terminal after being serviced on Christmas Eve, 1956. Most of these locomotives started out working some of the western grades in both road and helper engine service. As more powerful locomotives were developed, most of this class was reassigned for service from Green River, WY, to Council Bluffs, then into Kansas and Nebraska, with a few scattered around Colorado and Wyoming. 5041 was used as needed in and around Council Bluffs; its last assignment was as a short-service helper, assisting westbound trains up the 5.25-mile, 1.25-percent grade out of the Missouri River Valley to Summit, NE. 5041 was removed from service in April 1958, one of the last 2-10-2’s to go. 

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