|UP 844 and UP 1982 are leaving Poplar Bluff after its first visit since 1996 with The Little Rock Express UP Train SCGBK 06. This was during the UP Great Excursion Adventure. The first time I rode a locomotive was here in 1994, the first steam engine I rode on was in almost the same spot on this engine in 1996. That day was also the last time a steam locomotive rolled through PB.
A lot of people voted for this thing to visit Poplar Bluff, and I'm proud to call it my hometown, at least today. A downtown district that's getting back on track, both depots survive, one restored, the other on its way, and today we boasted arguably the most famous locomotive in the country. Life is good.