Challenger

Union Pacific Challenger 3977, at North Platte, Nebraska. According to the information board, Challenger 3977 was built in 1943 and worked freight and passenger service until retirement in 1961. This locomotive is 121 ft 10 inches long, 16 ft 4 inches tall and 11 ft 6 inches wide. The tender has a capacity of 28 ton of coal, or 5945 gallons of oil and 25,000 gallons of water. Total loaded weight is 1,069,800 lbs. Officially this is a 4-6-6-4 Challenger type Mallet.

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Lights, Camera & Action

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Some of the last evening’s activity at the BNSF yard in Forsyth, Montana. I saw a picture on the internet of a long exposure while the crossing arms raised, so thought I’d give it a try. Didn’t quite get the full 90-degree motion captured, so I will have to keep working on that one!

The locomotives-in-waiting, from left to right, are BNSF 8796, BNSF 8836 and CREX 1201.