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UP 3985 Over Cajon DVD

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UP 3985 Over Cajon DVD Pentrex UPCAJON-DVD
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Union Pacific Challenger 3985 looks fantastic pulling its sleek passenger train over the formidable slopes of southern California’s Cajon Pass. The sight of the nation’s largest steam locomotive (at the time) thrilled thousands of trackside viewers, and the talented Pentrex camera crews were on hand at all the great photo locations to bring you this incredible steam event!

The huge 4-6-6-4 locomotive traveled to Southern California in May, 1994, to celebrate the Union Pacific Railroad Historical Society’s Los Angeles Chapter’s annual convention. We begin our coverage of the UP 3985 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and follow it over the Pass to Ontario. The Challenger put on quite a show during the two days of its excursion trips. You’ll see it steaming past the depot in San Bernardino, up through Devore, around Sullivan’s Curve and over Summit. Then it was a high speed run through Victorville and into Barstow where it was readied for its return trips.

The highlight of our coverage is an exciting ride in the cab of the Challenger as it conquers Cajon Pass! You’ll see what it’s like to sit behind the throttle and the firebox of this massive locomotive as it thunders up the long, strenuous climb. This is something likely never to be repeated as Union Pacific has now retired 3985. Join Pentrex and experience the thrill of UP steam power over Cajon Pass. This is steam railroading at its best!

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DVD Item#:UPCAJON-DVD
Runtime:1 Hour, 15 Mins ($0.33/min)
Producer:Pentrex
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

UP 3985 Over Cajon DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2020-10-28 20:43:53.

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  •  5 of 5


Not only does the challenger appear in this late May 1994 visit to Southern California, but also E units 949, 951, & B unit 963. Along the way there are multiple freights on Union Pacific, southern pacific, & mostly Santa Fe which includes both the red & silver warbonets, & the old school blue & yellow units. One diesel each from CSX & Chicago & northwestern is also shown, & during the cab ride with engineer Steve Lee & Fireman Lyndon Nystrom, there is a segment showing the 3985�s front driving wheels being up in flames. Not to mention being paced as well. In addition to pentrex, Bob McMillan of Valhalla video was also on the same trip.

From 1981 to 2010, 3985 was at one time: the worlds largest operating steam locomotive in the modern era. Nowadays since the huge success of the restoration of Big Boy 4014, the challenger is on display at the Cheyenne shops due to its poor mechanical shape.

Additional remarks by Steamboy:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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