PASCO — Steam railroad fans in the Tri-Cities have an opportunity to bring the legendary locomotive No. 844 to Pasco next year for a specially scheduled steam excursion run.
The Union Pacific Railroad is asking the public to recommend excursion routes for next year by naming the city they would like to see the historic locomotive visit. The city receiving the most votes will be on the route selected for a special run next year.
Railroad fans can participate in the “You Route the Steam” contest by voting online at www.upexcursion.com every day through Dec. 6.
Two tickets each will go to five people who score the most votes online for a special leg of the excursion, including lodging and air fare.
The person with the most points will be allowed to ride in the locomotive cab.
Union Pacific officials will tally the online votes starting Dec. 7 and chart potential excursions based on votes, the ability of the steam equipment to visit specific locations and scheduled railroad maintenance programs.
The route and individual winners will be announced Jan. 18.