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The Challenger by eDDie-TK The Challenger by eDDie-TK
Union Pacific 3985 "The Challenger" the world's largest operating steam locomotive sites outside the UP yard in Cheyenne , WY. After derailing in Laramie in April 2009. She was suppose to make a test run back to Laramie, WY on Sept 1st but got canceled after breaking some engine stay bolts - the run was rescheduled for the next day - but i hear she will make the circus train run from Cheyenne to Denver in October ?
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AntiqueEngineer Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  New member
Both this and 4014 double heading the same train would be epic.
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
rumor has it - that 844 and 4014 - to - promontory point for the up's 150th ???
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Hunter2045 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
Nice shot.
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:iconeddie-tk:
eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks
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darknessofanubis Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was thinking part of the reason for the Big Boy was so when one had to go down for it's 15-year inspection that would still keep two locos available. That and stomping all over the rebirth of the Norfolk Southern steam program. =D
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
probably
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darknessofanubis Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WHAT a sexy beast. I can't wait for the Big Boy to join her.
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
it will be awesome - they say all three - 4014 - UP 3985 (the challenger) and UP 844 will all ride together
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tracks147 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
its big boy well as I like to call it big one
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
a real big boy is coming to cheyenne - soon - it's on it's way - UP 4014 - for restoration/working -
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tracks147 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
tell me it arrived ok
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
i will = or you can go the the UP steam page and follow it = www.up.com/aboutup/special_tra…
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tracks147 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I can't
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
????
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FFDP-Neko Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
What is the difference between a Challenger and a Big boy?
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
big boys = 4-8-8-4 / driver wheel = 68" / 25 built

challenger = 4-6-6-4 / driver wheel = 69" / 105 built

challenger series came first
you can go to the UP steam site or wiki for more info
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FFDP-Neko Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Ok thanks for explaining, I'm from the UK and we hardly ever use 4 8 8 4's or 4 6 6 4's
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no prob - there is a big thing happening here in the states - one of the big boys - 4014 - i think only 9 survive - is on it's way from Calf. to Cheyenne Wy - to the UP steam shop to be restored to working condition - the largest steam loco's around..... i see UP 844 all the time....i live about 50 miles from cheyenne - i've only seen the Challenger a couple of times
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FFDP-Neko Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Ok
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very big engine!!
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:iconeddie-tk:
eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
it is massive
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And it is awesome!
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Kilika265 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
She comes through my town every other year for Rail Road days, I'm from an old train community, a beautiful peice of locomotive machinery.
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah - i'm not far from Cheyenne WY - home to 844 and The Challenger
i see a lot of cool trains go by......
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rlkitterman Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! Do you know where the Challenger is today?
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks - in the steam shop in Cheyenne, WY - it's based out of there.
i hear rumors that both UP 844 and UP 3985 are gonna run tandem somewhere ????
it's incredible when its moving down the tracks - huge, but silent......
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dirtbear Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
eDDie-TK,

It's too bad the Cab-Forward in Sacto is just a static display as is the Big Boy out in Pomona. You did very well getting the whole "enchilada". Without the crud.

"Dirtbear"
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks
it was cool that they let me stroll around it - it was suppose to run that day over sherman to laramie - and the coolest part - i was the only foamer there !
next month UP 844 makes it's annual cheyenne frontier days run to denver and back......
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Lord-Nalthren Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
How'd it derail??

Btw best shot of it on this site!
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:iconeddie-tk:
eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
when they were turning it in the UP yard in Laramie, WY - they damaged the water tanker - april 2009
i just got some sweeet shots of UP 844 between Medicine Bow, WY and Hanna, WY - today (sept 8th) as it was headed to Porland Or
i'll post some later after i download them.......
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Lord-Nalthren Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
cool ^^
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks
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matt-durkan-railways Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
What a machine :D
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:iconeddie-tk:
eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
it is - i can't wait to catch it in action - hopefully this october when i makes a run from Cheyenne, WY to Denver, CO...we'll see....
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Deus-est-femina Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
stunning!!!!
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks
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The-Nightshift Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot, great subject!
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks
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DaemonAngel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
It's funny how in the 30's and 40's Hilter refused to believe such a machine existed :D
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hitler only saw what he wanted to see.......
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decophoto32 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool.
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks
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Fritzchen-26 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
A shame that diesel is in the front of the locomotive, but damn! I think this is the best shot of 3985 I've ever seen! :wow: Now personally I think they really need to get rid of that yellow monstrosity in the back, but.... Either way I'm loving the setting you captured here and how well it combines with the engine as a whole. Nice work!
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks - yeah it was a shame, but at least i got to see them pull it out of the shop - and those UP guys i don't think are artsy fartsy type ;)
you gotta work with what they give you !
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Fritzchen-26 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
Under her own power then? :D I see the smoke so that's what I'm assuming. Had to be quite a sight to see.
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
no - it was pulled out of the steam shop with a UPY (?) a small working diesel
that smoke was from the boiler - they had to keep it on - so it would be ready to run in the morning (?) someone there said it takes almost a day to get it up to steam ?
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zp92 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I like to think of the challenger as a younger brother of Big boy
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
oh yeah !
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TitanicExpert Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010   Photographer
A working Big Boy?
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SpaceShuttleAtlantis Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
3985's a 4-6-6-4, all Big Boys are 4-8-8-4's.
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