Month: August 2020

UP 3985 Leaving Chicago

UP 3985 is shown making use of her articulated design!

UP 3985 is seen making an early morning start getting ready to highball out of Chicago, Illinois.

Built specifically to take on long grades like her cousin “Big Boy”, the #3985 Challenger was designed to pull freight fast up long grades without helper engines.

UP 3985 has arguably one the most distinctive steam and smoke displays of any steam engine including Big Boy!

Some quick facts about the UP #3985 Challenger

  • Builder – American Locomotive Works – 1943
  • Wheel configuration – 4-6-6-4
  • Locomotive and tender weight – 1,073,900 lbs
  • Tractive effort – 97,350 lbf
  • Nicknamed – Challenger

Let us know if you have ever had a chance to see UP #3985 in action! We would love to hear about your experience!

The post UP 3985 Leaving Chicago appeared first on Train Fanatics.

Source: Train Fanatics

Updated: August 7, 2020 — 9:25 pm

Wilmington & Western Railroad #98

Winter on the Wilmington & Western Heritage Railroad!

The Wilmington & Western Heritage Railroad dates back to 1867 when it was first incorporated as the Delaware and Chester County Railroad. Most of the excursions travel through Red Clay Creek in Northern Delaware which is seen here covered in snow.

The excursion seen here was considered a photographers special with mother nature lending a helping hand.

Some quick facts about Old #98

  • Builder: ALCO American Locomotive Company, Schenectady, New York
  • Wheel arrangement: 4-4-0
  • Build date: January 1909
  • Sale Price in 1909: $11,585 (including shipping!)
  • Let us know you have ever had the opportunity to take a ride on the Wilmington & Western Railroad and have seen this classic locomotive up close.
    We would love to hear about your experience!

    The post Wilmington & Western Railroad #98 appeared first on Train Fanatics.

Source: Train Fanatics

Updated: August 7, 2020 — 7:00 pm

Cass Scenic Railroad Steam Show

One by one, starting with the front engine, they sound off a mean chorus of steam whistles!

Five geared steam locomotives are shown including four Shay’s (#2,4 5,11) and a Climax (#9) in the lead. Shay Locomotive #2 is sporting a Norfolk & Western “Hooter” whistle and Shay locomotive #4 is sounding off a Lunkenheimer whistle.

The Cass Scenic Railroad an 11-mile long stretch located in Cass, Pocahontas County, West Virginia and is the unofficial home of the geared locomotive!

The Classic Shay and Climax locomotives are sometimes called the “Sidewinders”.

With a geared locomotive, you will not see the stereotypical driving wheels, but rather some fascinating gears and crank shafts working in harmony that really makes you appreciate the engineering that when into this locomotive.

Quick Facts

  • Rail Line: Cass Scenic RailRoad, West Virginia
  • Train Name: Shay geared and Heisler geared locomotives
  • Power type: Steam Locomotive

Let us know if you have ever had the opportunity to witness these great locomotives first hand. We would love to hear from you!

The post Cass Scenic Railroad Steam Show appeared first on Train Fanatics.

Source: Train Fanatics

Updated: August 7, 2020 — 5:41 pm