3985 to stay in retirement
Author: Chuck in Wallowa County
Date: 02-11-2020 - 07:34

Official word from UP to the Steam Club:

The Challenger No. 3985 Will Remain Officially Retired

Since work was completed on No. 4014 people have asked about the fate of The Challenger No. 3985.

The short answer: There are no plans to restore No. 3985. Many years of hard operation have resulted in the locomotive requiring a complete frame-up restoration similar to what was needed to make No. 4014 operational. Historically, Union Pacific's steam program has had two steam locomotives on its roster, and that count will remain the same moving forward.

No. 3985 last operated in "regular" train service in 1957. It was retired in 1962 and stored in the roundhouse in Cheyenne, Wyoming, until 1975 when it was placed on display near the Cheyenne depot. A group of Union Pacific employees volunteered their services to restore the locomotive to running condition in 1981.

Where No. 3985 will ultimately reside is still in question, but it's safe to say the locomotive will remain officially retired from service.



Subject Written By Date/Time (PST)
  3985 to stay in retirement Chuck in Wallowa County 02-11-2020 - 07:34
  Re: 3985 to stay in retirement HUTCH 7.62 02-11-2020 - 08:16
  Re: 3985 to stay in retirement Hot Water 02-11-2020 - 08:17
  Re: 3985 to stay in retirement Hogger 02-11-2020 - 12:53
  Re: 3985 to stay in retirement GranTorino 02-11-2020 - 13:26
  Re: 3985 to stay in retirement GranTrollino 02-11-2020 - 13:40
  Re: 3985 to stay in retirement GranTorino 02-11-2020 - 13:53
  Re: 3985 to stay in retirement U.P. 3985 02-11-2020 - 14:24
  Re: 3985 to stay in retirement SP 4451 “PUFF” 02-11-2020 - 15:15
  First they came for 3985, and I said nothing Leni Gran Toronto 02-11-2020 - 15:46
  Re: First they came for 3985, and I said nothing BN Oly 02-11-2020 - 19:09
  Re: First they came for 3985, and I said nothing Bt 02-11-2020 - 20:40
  Re: 3985 to stay in retirement Chuck in Wallowa County 02-11-2020 - 20:00
  Chuck: Don't leave Great Northern has got my goat 02-11-2020 - 20:33
  Leave Chuck! Toad Cluck 02-12-2020 - 11:01
  Re: Leave Chuck! Ghost of Epstein 02-12-2020 - 11:59
  I vote don't leave Nigel Farage 02-12-2020 - 11:52
  Run to My Site Chuck Toad Cluck 02-12-2020 - 12:19
  GTFO Billy 02-12-2020 - 17:44
  Another weird day on AP insane asylum 02-12-2020 - 23:15
  Where is Chuck? Durward Kirby 02-14-2020 - 10:27
  Re: Where is Chuck? Charles Schwaber 02-14-2020 - 12:05


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