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UP 3985 Lynn Nystrom Special Sept 3, 2010 Cheyenne, WY


UP 3985 Break In Run Sept 3, 2010 – Lynn Nystrom UP Steam memorial. For some background info at www.trainorders.com

24 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - January 28, 2013 at 2:52 am

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Union Pacific 3985 steaming to the Super Bowl Jan2004 @ Lexington Neb


UP 3985 January run to the2004 Super Bowl in Houston shown here charging eastbound into Lexington, Nebraska

23 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - January 11, 2013 at 2:43 am

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UP challenger 3985 Minnesota Sep 30th 2008


Union Pacific steam locomotive challenger 3985 running through Burnsville MN with a whistle stop at Shakopee MM Sep 30th, 2008. Pacing video shot along Kramer quarry access road in Burnsville and along HWY 101 service road across from Valley Fair in Shakopee.

24 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - December 23, 2012 at 2:40 am

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UP 3985 Highball thru Hershey


The Missouri River Eagle pulled by the Worlds Largest Operating Steam Railroad Locomotive charging east thru Hershey, NE on her way to the Mississippi river on a 6 state tour of over 2200 miles Union Pacific Railroad’s “Challenger” No. 3985, the world’s largest operating steam locomotive, will be on a six-state, 2200-mile tour from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Gorham, Ill., to celebrate railroad heritage. No. 3985 is on the Missouri River Eagle tour to help Sedalia, Mo., celebrate the community’s Sesquicentennial on Sunday, October 10. “Sedalia has such a rich railroad heritage that it is only fitting that the world’s largest operating steam locomotive help in celebrating their sesquicentennial,” said Ben Jones, Union Pacific’s director of public affairs for Missouri and Kansas. During this tour, the 67-year-old locomotive will be on display in: Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 3 and Oct. 11; Jefferson City, Mo., Oct. 5; and St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8; and The Challenger will make overnight stops in: Denver, Colo., Sept. 28; Cheyenne, Wyo., Sept. 29; North Platte, Neb., Sept. 30 and Oct. 13; Marysville, Kan., Oct. 1 and Oct 12; St. Louis, Mo., Oct.6 and Oct. 7; and Sedalia, Mo., Oct. 9. Union Pacific’s No. 3985, an articulated locomotive with a “hinged” frame to allow it to negotiate curves, is 122 feet long. It weighs more than one million pounds, has six-foot diameter drive wheels and can reach a top speed of 70 miles per hour. No. 3985 was built in 1943 for fast freight service and was

11 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - August 28, 2012 at 3:42 am

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UP 3985 the Sunrise Highball


Union Pacific Railroad’s “Challenger” No. 3985, the world’s largest operating steam locomotive, will be on a six-state, 2200-mile tour from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Gorham, Ill., to celebrate railroad heritage. No. 3985 is on the Missouri River Eagle tour to help Sedalia, Mo., celebrate the community’s Sesquicentennial on Sunday, October 10.

25 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - May 20, 2012 at 10:35 pm

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UP 3985 has a Semi Truck in its sights at a crossing


Union Pacific Railroad’s “Challenger” No. 3985, the world’s largest operating steam locomotive, will be on a six-state, 2200-mile tour from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Gorham, Ill., to celebrate railroad heritage. No. 3985 is on the Missouri River Eagle tour to help Sedalia, Mo., celebrate the community’s Sesquicentennial on Sunday, October 10. “Sedalia has such a rich railroad heritage that it is only fitting that the world’s largest operating steam locomotive help in celebrating their sesquicentennial,” said Ben Jones, Union Pacific’s director of public affairs for Missouri and Kansas. During this tour, the 67-year-old locomotive will be on display in: Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 3 and Oct. 11; Jefferson City, Mo., Oct. 5; and St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8; and The Challenger will make overnight stops in: Denver, Colo., Sept. 28; Cheyenne, Wyo., Sept. 29; North Platte, Neb., Sept. 30 and Oct. 13; Marysville, Kan., Oct. 1 and Oct 12; St. Louis, Mo., Oct.6 and Oct. 7; and Sedalia, Mo., Oct. 9. Union Pacific’s No. 3985, an articulated locomotive with a “hinged” frame to allow it to negotiate curves, is 122 feet long. It weighs more than one million pounds, has six-foot diameter drive wheels and can reach a top speed of 70 miles per hour. No. 3985 was built in 1943 for fast freight service and was retired in 1959. In 1981, it was restored to running condition by UP employee volunteers for special service. This is the first trip for the locomotive after undergoing maintenance work during the

22 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - November 29, 2011 at 2:41 am

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UP Challenger 3985 & Ringling Blue Unit Circus Train: 9/28/10


Watch UP Challenger 4-6-6-4 #3985, the largest operational steam locomotive in the world, pull Ringling’s Blue Unit to Denver on UP’s Greeley Subdivision. Per UP’s website: “History was made Sept. 28, when No. 3985 pulled a 65-car train that was more than 6000 tons and nearly 6100 feet long, the most for a steam locomotive in the 21st century.” Yes, it really happened!! The rumour that surfaced while I was chasing UP 844 on this same route in July came to reality. Word is, Ringling approached UP about making this happen. Timing was right with UP 3985 emerging from dormancy to run the Missouri River Eagle special. One of the most amazing rail experiences I’ve had in my life, it will be one of those legendary events we talk about for years to come. A well-documented account of the day can be found on TrainOrders.com’s Western Board from author rbx551985 dated 9/30/10…a must-read for sure!

11 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - November 12, 2011 at 2:40 am

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus train and Union Pacific 3985


History was made today when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus train and Union Pacific Railroad’s “Challenger,” No. 3985, joined together, literally, between Speer, Wyo., and Denver, Colo., to celebrate US railroad heritage. Challenger pulled the mile-long circus train, packed full of international performers, exotic animals, and all the equipment needed to present the all-new Ringling Bros. Circus, Barnum’s FUNundrum!SM, which makes a two-week stop in Denver. Union Pacific’s No. 3985 continues on a six-state tour from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Gorham, Ill. “We are proud that No. 3985 pulled the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus train into Denver. A record was set when Challenger pulled a 65-car train that is more than 6000 tons and nearly 6100 feet long, the most for a steam locomotive in the 21st century,” said Dick Hartman, Union Pacific’s director of public affairs for Colorado and Wyoming. The combined trains arrived shortly after 10:00 am and were met by over 500 excited fans at the intersection of York Street and East 47th Avenue. A welcome celebration followed that featured Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and performers from Ringling Bros., officials from Union Pacific, and Denver city auditor, Dennis Gallagher, who presented a proclamation from the Mayor of Denver. “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is excited to be part of this railroad heritage celebration; we’ve been riding the rails for the last 140 years, so we are a part of railroad history

25 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - July 9, 2011 at 10:55 pm

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