The era began May 17, 1953, when Union Pacific Challenger-type engine No. 3967 pulled a fan trip from Denver to Laramie and back. the tradition continues a half century later as the Union Pacific still maintains two active locomotives, Northern-type No. 844 and Challenger-type No. 3985, as the company's good will ambassadors to the American public.
Stagner and Reisdorff use photographs and an extensive timeline to explore how the Union Pacific has become the last main line railroad in America to maintain steam for both promotional and education purposes. This is the story of 844 - the only steam locomotive that has never been retired from active service on a Class 1 railroad - and of UP 3985 - the largest active steam locomotive in the world. It is also a tribute to the many individuals who have made it possible for Union Pacific steam to operate into the 21st century.
South Platte Press, softcover, 48 pages, 8.5 x 11 x .25 in., B&W photographs.