steam_engine.jpg

The Little Rock Express, a Union Pacific steam engine route named for Little Rock after Arkansans voted en masse via social media networks to route the train through the natural state, will arrive on June 6. David Koon alerted our readers to the contest in January. Full schedule and more info on the jump. From the Union Pacific website:

The Little Rock Express edged the Tuscola Turn by 3,042 votes to win Union Pacific Railroad’s “Great Excursion Adventure – You Route the Steam” contest. In a case of old technology meeting new, Union Pacific’s legendary steam locomotive, No. 844, is headed to the communities that cast the widest social media network through our contest.

No. 844 will make good on Union Pacific’s promise to travel through the communities along the Little Rock Express route, beginning May 29 in Kansas City, Mo., and concluding June 9, after a stationary display day in North Little Rock, Ark. The trip will celebrate the railroad’s past with today’s wired, social media generation in eight states.