I hear the train a comin’

Old 844

Old 844

In earlier stories I talked about our Iowa reenactors – Battery C, 3rd Iowa Light Artillery – taking their new Parrott Rifle (a big canon) to Shiloh in Tennessee.  Battery C traveled a good part of the trip via rail.  You heard right – they rode a Union Pacific train with their cannon strapped down on a flatbed car.  Battery C took turns riding the train – some drove vehicles while other rode the train.  Part way across Missouri, they switched from train to vehicle, vehicle to train.  The photos below give you a glimpse of what I am talking about.

Shiloh here we come!

Shiloh here we come!

Battery C rode the Shiloh Troop Train, a group of cars generously provided by Union Pacific from their heritage fleet.   Steam Locomotive No. 844 pulled the train.  This engine was put in service in 1944 and is famous as the last steam locomotive purchased by Union Pacific.  The massive 907,980 pound locomotive has served as a goodwill ambassador since the 1960s and periodically wows audiences all over the country.

I want to offer Don Murray a big THANK YOU for allowing me to use these amazing photos.  Don was a reenactor at Shiloh who also is the talent at Don Murray Photography in Bennington, Nebraska.  He had the pleasure of being a passenger on this “once in a lifetime” trip where all the passengers travelled in Civil War period clothing as they journeyed to a Civil War reenactment.  His email is donsphoto@cox.net

Don't Tread on Me

Don’t Tread on Me

Our Iowa group loaded their Parrott Rifle in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  After a couple of days of loading the train, old No. 844 puffed down the tracks to Kansas City then on to St. Louis then Memphis, Tennessee.  The train made a number of stops along the way so thousands of people could see the train and take photographs.

It's rollin' 'round the bend

It’s rollin’ ’round the bend

So, as the Johnny Cash song said –

I hear the train a comin’

It’s rollin’ ’round the bend,

And I ain’t seen the sunshine,

Since, I don’t know when,

What an exciting site – a steam locomotive puffing across the plains!


2 thoughts on “I hear the train a comin’

  1. Great photos of the train. Thanks to Don Murray and thanks for including this in the story of Shiloh.

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