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American Trains-The Challenger

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Aster Challenger Kit Build Tender


Aster Challenger Kit building the tender for the live steam locomotive

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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.

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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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how many Challenger steam locomotives were built and where were they constructed at?

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UP 3985 Challenger and the Circus Train


I chased this historic and record setting train from Speer, Wyoming to Denver Colorado, knowing many weeks in advance about this event. I was able to get close enough to record the glorious sounds of Union Pacific Challenger 3985, the world’s largest *OPERATING* steam locomotive. Enjoy.

25 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - June 21, 2011 at 3:44 am

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3985 3967 UP Challenger steam railroad locomotive


This SVS Film DVD is available in both US and UK formats from www.svsfilm.com All three July 2003 railfan trips with Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 #3985 ‘Challenger’ are included. Features: Brief scenes of current day Cheyenne railroad operations Big Boy 4004 on static display in Holiday Park, Cheyenne 4-8-4 844 two brief action scenes from 1997 Tennessee Pass tour Review of 844 restoration work in UP Steam Shops, Cheyenne Moving and static views of 3985 outside Cheyenne Shops Cab tour of 3985 and cab view of 3985 backing into Shops Sherman Hill Model Railroad Club tour – July 12 2003 – from Cheyenne to Laramie over Sherman Hill with 16 cars and NO diesels, including on-train views from leading passenger car and trackside at all seven photo runbys (four different runby locations) Denver Post trip – July 19 2003 – lineside views at Platteville, near Terry Ranch, Speer and Nunn. Rocky Mountain Railroad Club excursion – July 20 2003 – featuring 3985 renumbered as 3967 and fitted with smoke-deflectors for Denver to Terry Ranch (Cheyenne) excursion. Pre-departure views at Denver Union Station, extensive cab footage on board 3967 between Platteville and Greeley, then three runby locations Total running time approximately 1 hour 2 minutes. Filmed in digital video, stereo sound, except for the two brief 844 1997 clips which are digitally remastered Hi8 video. Informative maps and narration included.

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Steam Train: UP Challenger 3985 at Granite


Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 3985 drifts downhill, eastbound at Granite, WY 5/26/85.

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