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Union Pacific Railroad celebrates 150th anniversary in old Sacramento
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Union Pacifics No. 844 locomotive - photo by Photo Contributed

WHAT: Union Pacific’s 150th anniversary celebration

WHEN: Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 29-30

WHERE: Old Sacramento

EVENT INCLUDES: Tours of the cab of legendary steam locomotive No. 844, an up close look of Union Pacific’s newest experimental locomotive, UP 9900, boarding the traveling museum car to see 150 years of Union Pacific history, excursion train rides, free entrance into the Railroad Museum and Sacramento History Museum

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OLD SACRAMENTO – Union Pacific Railroad will continue its year-long 150th anniversary celebration with a huge, two-day signature event in Old Sacramento Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 29-30, that will include free excursion train rides and free entrance into both the California State Railroad Museum and Sacramento History Museum.

The savings alone for two adults ($10 each) and one child from 6 to 17 ($5) means you’ll save $25 by visiting the railroad museum Sept. 29-30.

The community celebration will commemorate 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln created the original Union Pacific by signing the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862. In partnership with California State Parks, the Union Pacific - Building America for 150 Years! celebration will be the most elaborate event staged in the Western United States as part of Union Pacific’s sesquicentennial year to be held at the California State Railroad Museum.

“Union Pacific’s 150th anniversary gives us a special chance to celebrate our historic past with the communities that are important to our future,” said Scott Moore, Union Pacific vice president, public affairs – Western Region. “We are proud to celebrate 150 years of innovation and building America with a signature event in Old Sacramento, which has a fascinating past rich in the history and heritage of the West.”

Saturday (Sept. 29) at 10 a.m., the public is invited to join Union Pacific Railroad, California State Parks and state and city officials to a special kick-off event outside the California State Railroad Museum. At the opening festivities, which are sure to delight railroad and history enthusiasts from near and far, Sacramento officials plan to honor Union Pacific’s 150th anniversary, and the railroad will proclaim the Sacramento community an official Train Town USA. The first 500 people to arrive at 9:30 in advance of the kick-off presentation will receive a limited-edition 150th Anniversary pin from Union Pacific.

In addition to live music, entertainment and period-appropriate performances happening in various locations throughout Old Sacramento State Historic Park, a variety of locomotives and other equipment will be on special display during the two-day Union Pacific - Building America for 150 Years! event in Old Sacramento, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Event highlights will include:

•The chance for visitors to see the inside of the engineer’s cab of the crowd-favorite steam locomotive No. 844 known as the “Living Legend.”

•The public’s first opportunity to see the experimental locomotive UP 9900 equipped with the very latest emissions-reducing technology that provides a glimpse into the future of railroading.

•The popular 1960‘s vintage Promontory baggage car that has been retrofitted into a state-of-the-art traveling museum.

•History-rich passenger cars and equipment.

•Modern UP police and maintenance vehicles.

•Free train rides on Union Pacific’s popular miniature train, UP 956.

•Free weekend excursion train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad (based on availability). For visitors interested in a luxury train ride experience along the Sacramento River, train rides aboard the first-class El Dorado are available for $15 per person (ages five and under ride free) and can be booked online in advance at

•Free entrance to the California State Railroad Museum, widely recognized as North America’s most popular train museum, and access to a special exhibit launching that weekend highlighting the legacy of the transcontinental railroad.

•Free entrance to the Sacramento History Museum, a popular destination that offers visitors a chance to explore the region’s rich history from the days before the Gold Rush to the present.