Challenger Goes for a Ride

August 19, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

OMAHA, Neb. – For the first time in its 60-year history, Union Pacific Railroad’s “Challenger” No. 3985, the world’s largest operating steam locomotive, made a passenger run between Cheyenne, Wyo., and Joyce, Neb. July 12. The one-day public steam excursion celebrated railroad heritage on a Union Pacific line that has not seen an operating steam locomotive or passenger train in over 50 years. The Challenger pulled a 16-car passenger train. Union Pacific’s No. 3985, an articulated locomotive with a “hinged” frame to allow it to negotiate curves, is 122 feet long. It weighs more than one million pounds, has six-foot-diameter

UP Offers Quick Web Pricing Solutions For Expanding “MexDirect” Service

March 31, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

OMAHA, Neb. – Union Pacific has announced that customers can now access rail through-rates and easy-to-use instructions on the UP Web site for their MexDirect product, offered in conjunction with the Transportacion Ferroviaria Mexicana and other participating rail connections. MexDirect, first introduced last year, is the industry’s first “one-stop” rail product for shipments moving between major markets in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Union Pacific and Transportacion Ferroviaria Mexicana (TFM ) also announced the expansion of this innovative product, first introduced to cover iron and steel sheet or coil, to include other steel products, lumber, and various panel products. “We

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