Railfan: North Platte/Cody Park, NE

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by mentor63, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. mentor63

    mentor63 Member

    I just returned from a trip to North Platte, NE, to see the new Golden Spike Tower and Bailey Yard, but I also spent some time at the nearby Cody Park in North Platte. It is a nice park for family get-togethers (barbeque, grass, baseball, trees, etc.), but for railfans the attraction is the UP area. They have both a Challenger and a DD40X on display and they are both beautifully restored and available to checkout and photograph up close. I will attach a few of the many photos I took and hope you enjoy them. The first 3 photos are of the Challenger 3977 (that firebox is huge!), the forth is the DD40X 6922, the 5th is a close up of a standpipe by the locos (I am always looking for details for my layout) and the 6th is of the Bailey Yard Inspection Pit and Sanding area.


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  2. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Boy...!!! That's gotta be one of the most beautiful steamers ever..!!! Is it restored to working condition - or just for display..?? Is that a coal burner..? How did they ever keep that firebox "fed"...It's like a cavern in there..!!! :eek:

    Great pictures...Thanks for sharing...:thumb:
  3. ScratchyAngel

    ScratchyAngel Member

    Nice, but you might want to move these or any others to the right forum, since they aren't specific to scale, but are the real thing. So maybe Real Thing USA?
  4. Sarge_7

    Sarge_7 Member

    Great pics again!!!
  5. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    And certainly one of the most impressive to find on a passenger train.
    Only 3985 runs. IIRC, 3977 is the only other Challenger surviving; no non-UP Challengers remain.
    I'm not sure. The Challengers were built coal-fired, but a number were converted to oil-firing. 3977 was one that was oil-fired, at least while it wore gray. Some Challengers were converted back to coal, though.
    They couldn't build steam that big until the mechanical stoker arrived.
  6. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Triplex...Thanks for the info...I can't believe that only two of those beauties remain...What a shame....

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