Union Pacific train 717, the Los Angeles Challenger, is seen in Los Angeles at Pasadena Junction in 1940. Otto Conrad Perry photo, from my collection.
Union Pacific Challenger no. 3977 sits on display at Cody Park in North Platte, Nebraksa while showing the red, white, and blue colors for the 4th of July.
Union Pacific 3985 puts on an impressive display as it begins a photo runby. This was the infamous trip in which the coal burning 3985 set a lot of brush fires, which led the Union Pacific to chan... (more)
My great, great uncle Robert F. McKee, Sr., was a design engineer at Baldwin and he would give my father different Baldwin Locomotive Works builder's cards when my father would visit him in Collin... (more)
A unique line-up of steam power in the Blue Hour at the steam shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming includes UP 5511, UP 'Big Boy' 4014, UP 844, and UP Challenger 3985.
Union Pacific Thoroughbreds
The crew of the steam program at Union Pacific Railroad set out to record the last time 844, 4014, and 3985 will ever be together again in the steam house i... (more)
The Challenger Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 3985 inside the former Rock Island shop at Silvis, Illinois. Built in 1943 by the American Locomotive Company, 3985 has been donated by Union Pacific R... (more)
Here is a unique topside of view of UP Challenger 3985 as it is led east from Sidney, Nebraska.
Everything just worked out perfectly for this chase with the Challenger 3985. It had spent the night in Pocatello, Idaho. I departed early eastbound with cool temperature, so the smoke and steam w... (more)
After putting together its tool cars, UP 3985 is ready to depart the fairgrounds where it has been on display for Topeka Railroad Days.
UP 3985 is headed to the 2001 NRHS Convention held in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Pacific Railroad.