Ride Union Pacific 3985, the only Challenger still remaining in operation and one of the largest steam locomotives operating today. Hear highlights from the history of the 4-6-6-4 Challenger engines built by ALCO between 1936 and 1943. See early 3985 excursions after reconstruction in 1981. Fly above 3985 double-heading with 8444 over Sherman Hill In one of our longest double-heading sequences. The pair of engines triumphantly takes on Donner Pass deep in snow. Watch 3985’s first solo expedition across Wyoming and through the Bear River Range to Pocatello. The first fan trip runs down the city streets of Salt Lake, then south to Provo.
Experience breathtaking pacing against the Wasatch Range all white with winter. Bonus footage at the end shows 4-6-6-4s, a few 4-8-4s, and early diesels in the 1940s on the high Plains of Nebraska when Challengers did real work on the Union Pacific.
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