Union Pacific #844 Hi Balling

Union Pacific #844 Hi Balling | Train Fanatics Videos

“Highball. A train signal consisting of a ball that is run up a pole to inform the engineer that the track ahead is clear. A ball at the high position (high ball) indicates the track is clear.”

The smoke deflectors are designed to move the smoke away from the locomotive in order to give the engineers better visibility. While her normal speed is around 75-80 mph, Union Pacific #844 was built to withstand speeds of up to 120 miles per hour safely!

UP 844 was the last steam locomotive built for the Union Pacific Railroad and was designated for passenger service during her illustrious career.

Quick Facts

  • Rail Line: Union Pacific
  • Power type: 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive FEF-3 class Northern
  • Builder: American Locomotive Company
  • Locomotive and tender weight: 907,890 lbs
  • Tractive effort: 63,750 lbf

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