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UP Monsters 2-Set: The biggest steam on the Union Pacific

Union Pacific

UP Monsters 2-Set: The biggest steam on the Union Pacific


UP Monsters 2-Set: The biggest steam on the Union Pacific


BIG BOYS and Brothers in the ‘50s
Showcases more than 13 different Big Boys, including No. 4014 in regular freight service. Next, both early and late 4-6-6-4 Challengers are captured in action and more. 

The 3985 Challenger: Union Pacific Steam
The revival of Challenger 3985—one of the largest steam locomotives operating today—is seen with highlights from the history of the 4-6-6-4 Challenger engines built by ALCO between 1936 and 1943.

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BIG BOYS and Brothers in the ‘50s. This DVD features rare and original films of the famous “Big Boys”, some of the largest steam power ever built. These and other rail giants of the 1950s are seen storming over the Union Pacific main line across the Rocky Mountains.  We see 13 different Big Boys, including the famous No. 4014, in regular freight service, and even double-headed Big Boys. Next, both early and late 4-6-6-4 Challengers are captured in action. The film continues with the 4-8-4 800s, hauling both freight and passenger trains. The now famous #844 is shown hauling a mail train over Sherman Hill, prior to becoming "the ambassador of steam." The final 2 chapters cover the Turbines and a variety of UP First Generation Diesels. The content of this DVD has never been seen before and is sure to please! 
68 minutes, 98% color

The 3985 Challenger: Union Pacific Steam. Travel behind the 3985 on her first outings after reconstruction by a group of volunteer UP employees in 1981. Pace the engine with spectacular aerials as 3985 doubleheads with Engine #8444 over Sherman Hill. The two engines work together to crest Donner Pass deep in snow. Follow 3985’s first solo expedition across Wyoming and through the Bear River Range to Pocatello, and the first fan trip down the city streets of Salt Lake, south to Provo, with breathtaking pacing against the Wasatch Range white with winter. The DVD includes bonus footage of 4-6-6-4s, a few 4-8-4s, and early diesels in the 1940s on the high Plains of Nebraska when Challengers did real work on the Union Pacific. 
48 minutes.