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A rare visit by UP 844, one of the last of the giants... pushing by the way, no balloon track downtown to turn around in...
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After a trip across the desert, ATSF3751 makes a station stop at Barstow, CA.
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ATSF 3751, the oldest surviving 4-8-4, the first to be built by Baldwin Locomotive Works and the first to be built for the Santa Fe passes one of EMDs newest locomotive. A spotless Union Pacific SD70ACe at Lenwood, CA, outside of Barstow, CA.
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Union Pacific 844 highballs at Eureka, MO on June 2nd, 2011. Sadly this was some of the only sun I got with the Northern but it was a good day none the less.

With 844 once again plying these rails, I thought now would be a good time to share this.
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The "Living Legend" of the Union Pacific Railroad was seen on display at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. The locomotive is currently on a system wide tour for the railroad's 150th celebration.

Taken on August 9, 2012
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A pan shot of NKP765 actually being pulled backwards. Driving and shooting...this was the only way I could do it. Fortunately it worked out.
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Union Pacific's 4-8-4 Northern 844 rests at Jefferson City. It would make the 3 hour trip from here to St Louis the next day. The SD70ACe behind the Northern is the MoPac heritage units. And rightly so as this was a former MoPac line.
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Although I went to the Severn Valley Railway's Spring Steam Gala in March 2012, the news first thing was that Caledonian Railway Class 812, no. 828 would not be running. In fact, some intensive work by the team at Bridgnorth got her going by the afternoon. However, since I was elsewhere for most of the day, this was about the only even vaguely acceptable shot I got.

Here, the Caley is waiting to depart from Arley, double-heading with LMS Fowler 3F ("JInty") no. 47406 on an up (southbound) local service. By all accounts, the pair acquitted themselves very well indeed. I don't know where the Jinty is going next, but all being well the Caley will be at the Llangollen gala in April. If you're going, I think you'll like 828!
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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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The Challenger - UP 3985 pulling gout of Speer, WY just west of Cheyenne, WY on it's way to Denver, CO - pulling The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Train.
UP 3985 is the "World's Largest Operating Steam Locomotive
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