Not That 844

Ed Ribinskas has a knack for knowing the roster numbers of operating or once operating steam locomotives.

It never ceased to amaze me how he would see a number, say an address or the amount of a restaurant check, and associate it with a steam locomotive.

When I stepped got off Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited in Cleveland a couple of weeks ago Ed was waiting to pick me up.

He had photographed a Cleveland RTA Waterfront line car passing the Amtrak station because it had roster number 844.

Of course 844 is also associated with a certain steam locomotive on the Union Pacific that remains active.

Union Pacific 844 is a 4-8-4 built by Alco. RTA 844 was built by an Italian company Breda. Somehow I doubt that RTA 844 will last as long as UP 844 has.

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