The Union Pacific pioneered transcontinental rail service. Eventually, running freight through half of America meant long consists hauled by some of the largest locomotives ever built. Reaching back to the end of the steam era, Union Pacific pictures giants ranging from mainline Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 Big Boys and Challenger 4-6-6-4s, to the Class FEF-2 4-8-4 Northern, and a remarkable T-57 4-6-0 ten-wheeler built in 1890. Steam on!
Engines and trains featured include:
Union Pacific 824 (Class FEF-2, a 4-8-4 Northern) is a point helper leading Mail Train #27 out of Cheyenne, WY
Union Pacific 6237 (both are EMD Locomotives: 6237 is an SD-60M and 6038 is an SD-60) is coming through Hermosa, Wyoming
Union Pacific 826, a Class FEF-2 Northern, has Mail Train First #6 running eastbound one mile west of Buford, WY on track #2, about 24 miles west of Cheyenne
Union Pacific 2458 (a General Electric C30-7 followed by two EMD SD40-2’s and another C30-7) leads a westbound grain train on the #3 track one mile west of Perkins, WY
Sitting at the west end of the Cheyenne, WY yard is Union Pacific Big Boy 4014, newly arrived from Laramie, WY
Union Pacific 7037, a 4-8-2 Mountain, is coming through Sand Creek Junction, CO with the northbound Cheyenne local (Train #57)
UP Challengers (4-6-6-4) 3702 on the right is leaving Cheyenne for North Platte, Nebraska, while 3703 on the left is arriving with a freight that will be dispatched to the west from Cheyenne
Union Pacific 605 is leading Train #10, the City of St. Louis, out of Los Angeles. The first two units are an American Locomotive Company PA-1 and a PB-1. The third unit is a Fairbanks-Morse Erie-built A Unit
Union Pacific Challenger 3986 was a “war baby” built and delivered in 1943
American Locomotive Company-built two-engine “Century Series” 5,500-horsepower Model C-855A cab unit 61 on a westbound freight
Union Pacific 1243, a ten-wheeler (4-6-0) built by the Cooke Locomotive Works in 1890
Union Pacific Streamliner M-10005 is on the westbound City of Denver passing by Chicago and North Western Switcher 2146 (0-6-0)
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