Article and Video by Zach Pumphrey
In October 2010, Union Pacific’s 4-6-6-4 “Challenger” type steam locomotive #3985 made its last excursion tour before being taken out of service. Little did we know at the time, but the UP had Big Boy 4014 up their sleeve. The trip was called the “Missouri River Eagle”, named after the famous Missouri Pacific passenger train that once traversed part of the route. Built in 1943, the 67-year-old (at the time) engine and train visited Sedalia, MO to help celebrate the community’s Sesquicentennial on October 10th.
Included in this video are scenes of the steam special (and nearby freight traffic) traveling from Marysville, KS to Kansas City, MO via the UP Kansas Sub. on October 2nd. Following that is cab ride footage from Kansas City to Jefferson City over the River Sub. on the 4th, heading to Sedalia over the Sedalia Sub. on the 9th, and a brief look at the engine back in KC on the 10th.
I hope you enjoy this look back. Thank you to Steve Lee and Ed Dickens for the opportunity to ride with you back then. I apologize for the almost ancient equipment being used at the time. Digital video recording devices have sure come a long way in the last decade.