UP and CSX crews have just finished the "make over" on UP's 3985 for its role in the 50th running of the famed Clinchfield Santa Claus Special. With lighting provided by Jim Boyd, a few of us got ... (more)
The UP special arrives in Dolton at the end of the excursion run. Plenty of photographers on the ground to record the event.
This was an excursion from Dolton, Il. We chased this train through Indiana on the CSX. It was great to see a loco like this doing all the work without any diesels around.
Several hours late the 4-6-6-4 Union Pacific Challenger arrives in St. Paul for the weekend.
UP 3985, comes charging along US 30, into Maxwell, with it's equipment cars, heading for it's first servicing stop at Cozad. Throwing everyone off the big Challenger stopped just on the other side... (more)
The Challenger arriving back at it's home base after 22 day trip.
Arriving back at home base after a month long trip.
Headed for the long trip home to Cheyenne, UP's Challenger hammers by the Union Baptist Church at Dante--a "Clinchfield Country" icon.
Union Pacific challenger on one day excursion during the National Railroad Historical Society San Jose Convention.
Southbound ferry move of UP 3985 (relettered as "Clinchfield 676" for the 50th running of the annual Santa Claus Special) rolls out of Sykes Mill Tunnel near Clinchco, VA.
We're sitting on the jump seat behind the engineer as "Clinchfield 676" (UP's Challenger 3985) works upgrade toward a clear signal at Hill Station, VA, on the Clinch River Bluffs.
Following two eastbounds, UP 3985 departs Missouri Valley yard on her journey east to Boone.
UP 3985 makes a whistle stop at Potter NE. It was headed to North Platte NE for Railfest and then on to Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Headed to North Platte NE for Railfest then to the Twin Cities.
UP 3985 stretches her legs on the Boone Sub east of Ralston on a warm but windy fall day.