Union Pacific's steam locomotives, the Challenger and engine no. 884, will travel between Elko and Salt Lake City pulling a fleet of 22 passenger, diner and lounge cars. This is a rare opportunity for the public to ride on these restored rail cars.
Participants will take a chartered bus from Salt Lake City to Elko May 15, stay overnight in Elko and return to Salt Lake on the train May 16. The cost is $149 per person. That covers your bus transportation, hotel in Elko, rail fare back to Salt Lake, lunch on board and a donation to Make A Wish Foundation.The excursion is sponsored by Railflite as a fund raiser for Make A Wish Foundation.
The Challenger is the largest operating steam locomotive in the world. It was designed by Union Pacific, one of 105 of its kind. It was built in 1943. In 1959 the engine was retired from service and parked in Cheyenne until 1975. A group of Union Pacific volunteers restored it and in 1981 it was back on the tracks, used for special UP promotions.
For reservations call 583-4544.