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
As the holidays come upon us and 2013 draws to a close, I thought it would be nice to look back at all the events for steam engines this year. From the small 2 foot tea kettles to the large mainline engines, it has been a very eventful year. Some of them have come back after a 3 to 4-year overhaul, while some have recently been announced for operational restoration. Two of them have recently been built as brand new engines.
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.
Most engines thought scrap was the worst fate, once they were in a scrap yard they believed that was it, all they had to do was sit and wait. However they were wrong. In Barry scrapyard a standard lurked in a corner. The loco sat on a siding all on it's own. No engine wanted to be near it, they knew of it's true state. The scrapyard had done more than ever imaginable to this engine.
The cutters torch would usually be the pinacle of an engines fear, and they would generally sit in the scrapyards counting their days. But this engine had turned that into something else, pure hate... which in turn sent the engine mad.
However the loco became the interest to a preservation group. All seemed well, the loco almost seemed changed. That was, until, the night the loco was moved. Nobody ever knew what happened on that night... The engine left the scrapyard and seemingly disappeared... This didn't seem so much of a problem to start with, it had been a foggy night. It was possible the diesel dragging it had broken down on a siding somewhere. But after a few days they knew something far more sinister had occured. Especially when the burn out remains of the diesel were discovered, along with the remains of the preservationists...
Had to get a piece for Halloween done, been working on this since about 7:30 when I realised I still hadn't done anything.