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A vintage steam engine crossing the country in observance of Union Pacific’s 150th anniversary will stop in San Marcos this week.

Union Pacific’s steam locomotive No. 844 is traveling from Cheyene, Wyo. to San Antonio for Fiesta San Antonio. It will stop in San Marcos at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 19 and in New Braunfels at 11 a.m.

People who want to see the train are asked to park at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins, starting at 8:30 a.m. to board free trolleys to the Amtrack station at 338 S. Guadalupe Street.

Mayor Pro Tem Ryan Thomason will read a proclamation honoring the railroad. The high school’s Jazz Ensemble will perform and UP will make a presentation to a local nonprofit agency, the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Central Texas.

Union Pacific was incorporated as part of Pacific Railway Act signed into law by Abraham Lincoln on July 1, 1862. The railroad reached San Marcos on July 15, 1880 when a train International and Great Northern Railroad steamed into town over the first bridge built over the San Marcos River.

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