This video covers Union Pacific's #3985 4-6-6-4 Challenger on a run from North Platte NE to the Twin Cities in Minnesota. It is big steam on rail lines that has never seen a UP Challenger. And it is in 16X9 Widescreen!
<p>The program starts out at the annual September Railfest in North Platte NE, then covers the ferry move with a short 5 car train to St. Paul MN. This video includes A LOT of pacing scenes. And it includes a couple scenes of very rare late night running to avoid track work the following day.
<p>One remarkable (and depressing) scene shows 3985 crossing the famous and historic Kate Shelley Bridge over the Des Moines River. I was very shocked to find out that UP is building a new concrete bridge next to the Kate Shelley Bridge, and that there is probably more than a possibility that this piece of railroad history may soon be gone! Please UP! Say it isn't so! Please say the Kate Shelley Bridge will be preserved! (Those who are not familiar with the Kate Shelley story can find it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Shelley )
<p>Narration is minimal. The photography is sharp and clear. There are location markers for many but not all scenes. This one is a MUST HAVE for fans of Big Steam and UP Steam Fans! The kids will probably like this video for the loud steam whistle and the occasional fast moving train.
Additional remarks by armchairrailfan: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?A "Must Have"!