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.
Despite the articulated design of the Challenger, there are still a few portions of track in Shakopee it cannot negotiate. "Wild Thing" and "Steel Venom," roller coasters at Valley Fair, can be s... (more)
A brush and bucket are used to scrub the running gear and cylinders of 3985.
Crossing the Mississippi at Bridge 15. This scene was also captured by Shawn Christie, Railroad: Union PacificLocomotive: Steam 4-6-6-4Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota, USALocomotive #: UP 3985Train ID: Twin City LimitedPhoto Date: September 30, 2008
The wide angle lens makes the boiler seem to stretch as UP 3985 heads for its next stop in Mankato en route from St. Paul to St. James, Minn. on the old Omaha Road.
UP 3985 shows why steam engines are attractive as it smokes it up approaching the I-494 overpass in Eagan heading out of St. Paul for St. James, Minn. on the old Omaha Road.
Another angle at Bridge 15 as UP 3985 heads out of St. Paul for St. James, Minn. on the old Omaha Road.