Remarks: After a two year hiatus for rebuilding, the UP 3985 puts on a wonderful display as she heads through the quaint little town of Lucerne, CO with the Ringling Circus Train in tow. The Circus train would be dropped off at Denver while the 3985 would return to Cheyenne the next day.
An excellent catch! Wow that train is LONG, compared to what you normally see for a steam excursion. Just imagine what it must have been like when the RBBB circus train was actually pulled all the time by steam.
That is a great display of old fashion steam power. I noticed the diesel in the consist. I wonder if it was assisting with pulling or just there to provide HEP for the circus cars???
Posted by Joe Hill on March 24, 2012
The engine was added solely for dynamic braking. This big brute of a steam engine was able to handle this massive train with ease and without assistance. They ran 70mph at top speed; the diesel coasted along for the ride.
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