RailPictures.Net Photo: UP 3985 Union Pacific Steam 4-6-6-4 at Sherman Hill, Wyoming by Ron Flanary
 
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Union Pacific (more..)
Steam 4-6-6-4 (more..)
Sherman Hill (more..)
Sherman Hill, Wyoming, USA (more..)
May 25, 1987
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UP 3985 (more..)
Unknown
Ron Flanary (more..)
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If you ever wondered how it looked at the engineer's seat of Union Pacific Challenger 3985, here you go. This fellow is a UP RFE (Road Foreman of Engines) who, as I recall, had some regular service steam experience. It would appear our speed is around 30 to 35 MPH (the Barco speed recorder is the aluminum box in the left, with the dial canted toward the engineer). The steam pressure gauge (upper left) shows about 270 psi. It would appear he was working the engine pretty good at the time, since the throttle is back about half way, and the reverser (the red-painted pistol grip just in front of him) is at about the one quarter spot on the quadrant--forward, of course. The red handle is the whistle cord---connected to that deep-throated Hancock up front. The headlight switch (just above and to the right of the red handle on the whistle cord) is flipped to full bright, front light. Outside the weather is frightful, but the cab is a mixture of heat from that enormous firebox, and the chill of the air and rain that blows in from the open window and open deck behind me. As I noted in another photo, everyone is wearing goggles since the then coal-fired 3985 was one big cinder-production machine then. You can't hear how this sounds, of course, but trust me----you had to yell at the top of your lungs to be heard. It's little wonder many of the old steam-era engine crewmen I knew were virtually deaf by the time they retired.
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