UP #3985 finally arrives home after a long 22 day trip. Historic Steam Shop in background to the left.
Close call. While the westbound empty coal train was slowly crawling by, smoke could be seen over the top. Luckily, AC4400CW 6709, the DPU of the coal train, cleared the crossing as 3985 bu... (more)
UP #3985 arrives back at it's home and shows the wear and tear from a 22 day trip.
UP 3985 makes good time up the Spine Line seen here in a zoom-out-pan just north of Castle Rock on her way to South St. Paul.
Challenger at sunset. UP 3985 departs Fremont bound for Missouri Valley, IA after a short stop. A special thanks goes out to those who made the decision to send the train further ea... (more)
UP 3985 races towards St. Paul through the small town of Ellendale in southern Minnesota.
We hear the exhaust, two blasts close together from the four cylinders. Now we know why we took the day off and stood in the heat for a long time. It was a sight that none of us had ever seen befo... (more)
A UP employee checks the hardness of the local water supply before topping off 3985's tenders. When I asked if it was okay for me to take his picture, he responded "sure, as long as I don't have ... (more)
After having bell problems which caused a 45-minute delay, UP 3985 begins to back into the main part of the yard to begin her journey east/north to Mason City, IA.
Somewhere between St. Paul and St. James. For another angle of the same scene, see this shot by Steve Glischinski.
From the MN 15 overpass.
3985 certainly got the horses excited. Check out a wider angle of the same scene from Jeremiah Rindahl.
From the cab of 3985...
Just another well lit wedge of the world's largest operating steam locomotive. The Challenger ran between St. Paul and St. James on the old Omaha Road.
Cleaning and inspecting the running gear of UP 3985.