Challenger 3985 The World’s Largest Operating Steam Locomotive

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Union Pacific steam locomotive #3985 is the largest operating steam locomotive in the world and still runs today as part of the railroad’s public relations program.

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Union Pacific’s steam locomotive #3985 is the largest operating steam locomotive in the world. This 4-6-6-4 locomotive, built in 1943, still runs today as part of the railroad’s public relations program. In this DVD, we’ll follow 3985, which is also called the “Challenger”, in Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma & Texas as she shows the public what big steam was really like. Visit the Cheyenne Steam Shop to see where 3985 is maintained and see some of the historical equipment still in the Union Pacific roundhouse.

Also on this DVD: Follow the engine on it’s ferry move across Nebraska, enjoy her pulling an excursion from Council Bluffs to Sioux City, Iowa, see the 3985’s NRHS convention trip from St. Louis to Gorham, IL, plus action between McAlester, Oklahoma and Houston, Texas! If you like big steam, you can’t get bigger that this! This is a must for every steam fan’s collection! Chapter Menu provides instant access to program segments.

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5 reviews for Challenger 3985 The World’s Largest Operating Steam Locomotive

  1. jeremyschultz7

    Les Jarrett and Railway Productions never cease to provide “variety” when covering a specific steam locomotive. Ed Dickens of the Union Pacific Steam Program recently announced that because Big Boy #4014 is operational, they will not be putting any more work into the 3985. I always pop in this DVD if I ever feel like reminiscing about the Challenger, and how she once was the largest and most powerful operational steamer in the world. With the arrival of 4014 to the modern, 21st Century steam scene, that has all changed… For the BETTER, I must say. 🙂

  2. collinvarney24

    Very nice video showing UP 3985 on excursions in the midwestern

  3. Mwdonoughue

    This program showcases some of the trips 3985 made during 2001, including a trip during the NRHS Convention in St. Louis, MO.

  4. Zac

    Great video about 3985. Hopefully she will be brought back soon.

  5. Kevin Willie

    Great Video

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