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Review of A Union Pacific 3985 Retrospective

In 2019, the Union Pacific quietly announced there were no plans to overhaul Challenger #3985 following the restoration of Big Boy #4014. In this program, we look back at the Challenger in action between 1992 and 2010.

This program covers operations east of Cheyenne, beginning with the movements to and from her visit to the old Clinchfield Railroad in the southeast in November, 1992.

Also seen are appearances at National Railway Historical Society conventions in Chicago in 1993 and St. Louis in 2001. Numerous multi-day deadhead moves are followed, including pacing scenes in Nebraska and Iowa.

The program ends with the last journey the 3985 made, which took her to Illinois on the old Missouri Pacific. This train was chased back to Cheyenne, and the program ends as the 3985 returned home for the last time.

This two-hour program shows the 3985 in action in all four seasons, and will be a welcome addition to the library of any fan of Union Pacific steam.

Overall rating for this DVD? 5 Star Excellent
4 Star Very Good
3 Star Good
2 Star Fair
1 Star Poor

The rest is optional but appreciated.

In your opinion, how was the narration level? There was no narration.
Just enough.
Could have used more.
A little too much.
Way too much.
Narration can be turned off.

Aside from the content of the DVD, how would you rate the image quality (sharpness, camera steadiness, etc)? Poor.
A little rough around the edges.

How would you rate the VALUE of this video? Overpriced for the amount of enjoyment I got out of it.
Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Good value.
Excellent value!

Last question. Would you recommend this DVD to others? Definitely not!
Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.
A "Must Have"!

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