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Sunday, 27 November 2016

The 0815 hrs Margate To Charing Cross Is Now Arriving At Platform Three. (The Second-Largest Steam Locomotive In The World).

Union Pacific 3985,
Westbound at Sloat, California,
2 September 2005.
Uploaded by PDTillman.
Author: Drew Jacksich
from San Jose, California.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Union Pacific 3985
returns to Cheyenne, Wyoming,
Available on YouTube at

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

Union Pacific 3985, or UP 3985, is a four-cylinder simple articulated 4-6-6-4 Challenger-type Steam Locomotive, owned by Union Pacific Railroad.

It was built in 1943 by The American Locomotive Company of Schenectady, New York. The Locomotive is one of only two of the original 105 Union Pacific Challengers in existence, the other being UP 3977 on static display in North Platte, Nebraska. Before it was stored, it was the largest and heaviest operational preserved Steam Locomotive in the World.

English: Union Pacific Challenger 3985 steams past our front yard
in Alton, Iowa, United States of America.
Deutsch: Dampflok Challenger 3985 in Alton, Iowa, USA.
Photo: 1 October 2008.
Source: originally posted to Flickr as Challenger 01
Author: Mark Evans
(Wikimedia Commons)

Union Pacific Senior Manager of Heritage Operations, Ed Dickens Jr., announced in February 2016 about UP 3985 possibly returning to Excursion Service after the restoration of Union Pacific 4014 is completed.

If the Locomotive is restored and does return to Service, it will become the World's second-largest operating Steam Locomotive after UP 4014.

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