Archive for Thursday, January 15, 2004

Steam engine travels through Bonner on way to Super Bowl

January 15, 2004

The seven-state, 2,250-mile tour of Union Pacific Railroad's "Challenger" No. 3985 brought the world's largest operating steam locomotive through Bonner Springs Wednesday.

The Challenger, a 122-foot-long locomotive, weighs more than 1 million pounds and features a hinged frame, allowing it to negotiate curves more easily. It left Topeka at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and traveled through Bonner Springs at approximately 12 p.m. later that day.

The 61-year-old "Challenger" is heading toward the Super Bowl in Houston for activities. The tour is a part of Union Pacific's effort to promote railroad heritage.

Union Pacific's No. 3985 was built in 1943, one of 105 Challengers built for Union Pacific between 1936 and 1943; it is the largest and most powerful operating steam locomotive in the world today, Union Pacific reports.

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