Cheyenne Depot Museum

The Heritage Fleet

Challenger No. 3985

The History of the Challengers

Union Pacific Challenger No. 3985 was designed by Union Pacific and built in 1943 by the American Locomotive Company. It is one of 105 Challengers built for Union Pacific between 1936 and 1943 and is the only operating engine of its class in the world today – the largest and most powerful operating steam locomotive.

844 Steam Engine

Steam Locomotive No. 844 is the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad. It was delivered in 1944. A high-speed passenger engine, it pulled such widely known trains as the Overland Limited, Los Angeles Limited, Portland Rose and Challenger trains.

Many people know the engine as the No. 8444, since an extra '4' was added to its number in 1962 to distinguish it from a diesel numbered in the 800 series.

Steam Shop Tours

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to tour the Union Pacific Steam Shop! Public tours are being offered. There were just twenty-five of the massive Big Boy steam engines ever built, and only 8 remain today. Now’s your chance to visit the Steam Shop where Big Boy # 4014 is undergoing a restoration to operating condition, with the goal to run the rails once again.