Union Pacific

The Union Pacific was the last major railroad completed to Los Angeles in 1905. Its beginnings stretched back to 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railroad Act, naming and directing two companies, the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific, to construct a transcontinental railroad. The two lines were joined together at Promontory Summit, Utah, in 1869, creating the first transcontinental railroad in North America. Union Pacific became synonymous with the development of the West, continuing to grow as it acquired additional lines and built new routes throughout the Western US. The system reached from Kansas and Nebraska west into the Pacific Northwest and California.

In the 1930s UP introduced a fleet of yellow “streamliners”, and the classic yellow paint scheme with red and gray accents became the system’s standard colors. UP “City” streamliners operated between Chicago and the West Coast , including Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The Museum preserves 18 cars and locomotives from the Union Pacific, and has assembled a matched passenger train consist to help interpret the history of UP’s famed passenger trains. Led by flagship E-8 locomotive 942, the four car passenger train in matching UP colors is a favorite of railfans and public alike. The Museum also preserves a large UP 2-8-2 steam locomotive, No. 2564.

Roster of Union Pacific Equipment
Preserved at OERM

Freight Cars
No. Type Builder Built - Retired Construction Notes
183206 Box Car UP 1936 steel
20305 Refrigerator Car P-Std 1947 steel PFE
25129 Caboose PC&M 1944 steel Class CA-4
25729 Caboose Standard 1910 wood Class CA
28504 Gondola PRSS 1925 steel
43535 Refrigerator Car P-Std 1937 steel PFE
56004 Flat Car Bettendorf 1928 steel
85727 Hopper PC&M 1926 steel 2-Bay
Locomotives
No. Type Builder Built - Retired Construction Notes
2564 2-8-2 Mikado ALCo 1921 acquired 1996
942 E-8A EMD 1953 later C&NW/Metra 510
Passenger Cars
No. Type Builder Built - Retired Construction Notes
1530 Dormitory-Club PC&M 1924 steel modernized 1954
204 Rules Examiner Pullman 1922 steel Rblt 1936
2065 Postal Car Pullman 1914 steel
4051 Buffet / Lounge Pullman 1928 steel orig 36-seat dining car
542 Chair Car PC&M 1926 steel LA&SL
692 Coach Pullman 1911 steel Oregon Short Line
906201 Dining Car Pullman 1927 steel rebuilt for MOW service
National Scene Sleeper, 6/6/4 PStd 1956 aluminum


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May 5, 2012 - 15:54 UP-542
April 27, 2012 - 08:19 UP-942
December 21, 2011 - 18:13 UP-85727
December 21, 2011 - 18:12 UP-56004
December 21, 2011 - 18:11 UP-43535
December 21, 2011 - 18:08 UP-28504
December 21, 2011 - 18:05 UP-25729
December 21, 2011 - 18:03 UP-25129
December 21, 2011 - 17:58 UP-20305
December 21, 2011 - 17:57 UP-183206
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