I recently came across my father's old train log book, which he wrote at the age of 11 in 1948. He talked about going from Detroit to Collingswood, NJ to visit his great uncle, Robert F. Mckee, w... (more)
Union Pacific 3985 puts on an impressive display as it does 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 change... (more)
While not a Big Boy, UP Challenger No. 3985 was the next best thing! Here it is, disguised as the "Clinchfield 676," as seen through a 135mm lens somewhere along the old Big Sandy Sub.
The "Clinchfield 676" (UP 3985) is deadheading down the old C&O two days prior to the 50th anniversary run of the Santa Claus Special.
The "Clinchfield 676" ends the 50th run of the Santa Claus Special just short of Cherokee St. crossing. Here's a shot in between local citizens taking turns posing by the pilot, including a view ... (more)
The "Clinchfield 676" (UP 3985) slowly drifts across the great bridge at the confluence of Copper Creek and the Clinch River. The high bridge was built by the Millard-Quigg Construction ... (more)
The "Clinchfield 676" (UP 3985) is crossing VA Route 63-83 on the McClure River bridge, just south of Clinchco. The same "beer off premises" sign and "Clinchfield Railroa... (more)
The "Clinchfield 676," showing its articulation, approaches Boody, as the local citizens gather under a light rain to see Santa. Two days before, on its deadhead move, the big engine ha... (more)
The "Clinchfield 676" greets the dawn on the Friday of the 50th anniversary Santa Claus Special weekend. Two items are on the agenda- fix the twisted running board (above the front cylinder) and ... (more)
The "Clinchfield 676" (UP 3985) is silhouetted against a leaden sky 25 years ago, in similar weather conditions experienced by chasers of the recent 75th anniversary Santa Claus Special.... (more)
The "Clinchfield 676" (UP 3985) is leading the 50th anniversary edition of the Santa Claus Special southbound toward Kingsport, Tennessee on a dreary Saturday morning 25 years ago. The ... (more)
The "Clinchfield 676" (UP 3985) has changed crews and is getting underway, now officially on ex-Clinchfield rails. The occasion was the 50th anniversary of the Santa Claus Special, and the equipm... (more)
The "Clinchfield 676" (UP 3985) is deadheading down the old C&O Big Sandy on its way to Kingsport, TN for the 50th anniversary of the Santa Claus Special. Although it was cloudy and rai... (more)
The "Clinchfield 676" rolls down the old C&O Big Sandy, on its way to Elkhorn City and beyond. The occasion is the 50th anniversary of the famed Clinchfield Santa Claus Special, and the... (more)
The "Clinchfield 676" dwarfs the Union Pacific support truck as the sparks fly from minor surgery taking place on the running board. The giant locomotive had sideswiped some coal hopper... (more)