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Union Pacific 844 – The Steam Engine that Never Retired

Union Pacific’s engine number 844 was the last steam engine built for that line by the American Locomotive Company, delivered in 1944.  It pulled passenger cars until 1957, reaching speeds as high as 100mph.  It’s power output was about 4500 horsepower, so it was equally qualified for freight service, which it did from 1957 to 1959. In 1960, engine 844, along with a similar engine number 838, were saved from the scrap heap in the name of promotional excursions. 844 was restored and 838 was kept for spare parts, although supposedly it’s running gear and boiler are in better shape than those on 844. You can still see the historic locomotive on the rails from time to time.

Buford, Wyoming – America’s Vietnamese Coffee Stop

Buford, is an unincorporated community in Albany County, Wyoming, United States. It is located between Laramie and Cheyenne on Interstate 80. At 8,000 feet (2,400 m) of elevation, this is the highest populated settlement along the First Transcontinental Railroad and on the transcontinental Interstate 80. The town was named Buford in honor of Major General John Buford, a Union cavalry officer during the American Civil War. In 2013, the town was sold to Vietnamese owner Phạm Đình Nguyên. He bought the town to market Phindeli Coffee, a Vietnamese coffee brand.