Arlington Heights got a treat over the weekend, when Union Pacific brought its Chicago & North Western Heritage locomotive into town for two days.
Union Pacific is celebrating its 150th anniversary at the same time Arlington Heights is celebrating its 125th. The UP 1995 locomotive arrived Saturday and parked on a siding near the northwest corner of Kensington and Douglas, where visitors from Frontier Days could touch it, take photos and have their photos taken with it.
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Representatives of Operation Lifesaver, the project to prevent injuries and deaths at rail crossings, Heller Lumber, the Arlington Heights Society of Model Engineers, and the Arlington Heights Quasquicentennial Committee staffed the "Touch A Train" event, and the Arlington Heights police and fire departments displayed their antique vehicles alongside the locomotive.
The Chicago & North Western Railway merged with Union Pacific in 1995. The C&NW Heritage locomotive is a working unit, and was painted in C&NW colors in 2006.