Union Pacific's steam locomotive #3985 is the largest operating steam locomotive in the world. This 4-6-6-4 locomotive, built in 1943 still runs today as part of the railroad's public relations program.
In this DVD, we'll follow 3985, which is also called the "Challenger", in Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma & Texas as she shows the public what big steam was really like.
Visit the Cheyenne Steam Shop to see where 3985 is maintained.
See some of the historical equipment still in the roundhouse
Follow the engine on it's ferry move across Nebraska
Enjoy her pulling an excursion from Council Bluffs to Sioux City, Iowa
3985's NRHS convention trip from St. Louis to Gorham, IL
Action between McAlester, Oklahoma and Houston, Texas
If you like big steam, you can't get bigger that this! A must for every steam fan's collection!
DVD features include Chapter Menus, and crisp digital video and crystal clear sound.
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rrvideoman on 2009-03-01 15:01:55.
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5 of 5
Steam trains opened the land, they helped to build the land. I am not a huge fan of 'excursion steam'. Most are slow, or have 'visible diesels', and are often short runs. These machines of power and beauty where built to work, hard. Often, none railfans question the need of diesel assist. And while I agree in the need for it, it is great when a railroad running steam does not make the diesel stand out and have people question 'which engine is actually doing the work?' In this production, there is no "noticeable" diesel, the 4-6-6-4 is running at speed in many places, pulling upto 16 wagons of various kinds behind the engine and main tender. Through many locations of the American midwest, we see a wide variety of locations, both rural and urban, shot from a number of different angles. And there are a few meets along the way with mainline diesel action. From Cheyenne Wyoming to St. Louis Missouri to Texas. There is plenty of action. This is possibly the finest modern day steam action caught on film. I am remarkably surprised and highly impressed with this video. Whether a diesel or steam fan, all who view this video will be very pleased. It is a "must have".
Additional remarks by rrvideoman: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Definitely! Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?A "Must Have"!
Nikhil Murthy (Washington) on 2016-01-20 17:44:36.
5 of 5
This program shows the Challenger in operation in the year spanning from June to October 2001. Here are some of the highlights in this program:
June 7, 2001: Cheyenne, WY to North Platte, NE Ferry Run June 8, 2001: North Platte, NE to Council Bluffs, IA Ferry Run June 10, 2001: Council Bluffs, IA to Sergeant Bluff, IA Excursion Roundtrip June 19, 2001: St. Louis, MO to Gorham, IL Roundtrip NRHS Convention Excursion June 22, 2001: St. Louis, MO to Kansas City, MO Ferry Run October 21, 2001: McAlester, OK to Ft. Worth, TX October 22, 2001: Ft. Worth, TX to Houston, TX Extra scenes of 3985 in the state of Kansas on its way to Texas in the credits
One of the complaints about this program is that for the June operations, the narrator gives the wrong dates. There is also little narration in this program. But that gives the 3985 a chance to do the talking for the entire program.
Additional remarks by Nikhil Murthy: Narration:Could have used more. Would kids enjoy this?Definitely! Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value::Fair. Recommend to others?Yes.