COLUMBUS, Neb. – A 1950’s high-speed diesel Union Pacific passenger train will make a stop in Columbus next month.
The ‘Nebraska 150 Express’ will have its first stop in Columbus and then head west, all a part of the Nebraska 150 celebration. The rally in Columbus will be held near the railroad tracks that cross 12th Avenue, near 12th street, taking place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m on August 4th.
The 2,000 horsepower streamliner locomotive is slated to arrive in Columbus from Omaha at 11:50 and stay one hour, before going to North Platte.
Columbus based band VoiceHouse will perform at the event, which will also include food trucks, giveaways, historical displays and kids activities such as face painting.
First Lady of Nebraska Susanne Shore says the history of Nebraska and Union Pacific are strongly linked together. “I can’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate this historic occasion than with a fun train tour that harkens back to days gone by. “
The three-day tour will also head to Ogallala, Sidney, Gering, Kearney and Grand Island.
Due to time constraints, no tours of the train will be given.