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  • Sold Date: Jun 28, 2010
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Last of the Great Steam Locomotives

Between 1937 and 1944, in a series of three classes, Union Pacific received its entire line of 45 Alco-built FEF 4-8-4 �Northern� locomotives. Famous for high speed passenger service, these 4-8-4 bullets pulled Union Pacific trains like the Overland Flyer, Portland Rose, and Challenger at speeds as high as 100 mph. Displaced by the arrival of diesel locomotives in the mid 1950�s, many FEF steam locomotives quickly �met the cutting torch,� while others were reassigned to freight service, w they continued to haul loads at record speeds.
One special Union Pacific Northern still operates today: the legendary #844 FEF-3 4-8- 4. This engine holds the distinguished honor of being the only steamer never retired by a North American Class I railroad, and the last steam locomotive ever built for the Union Pacific. Still used for company and public excursions, it is kept at the Union Pacific engine house in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Now the legendary #844 FEF-3 (Four-Eight- Four, Series 3) locomotive is offered by Lionel. It is made from all-new tooling, and comes equipped with the LEGACY Command Control System,LEGACY RailSounds, and prototypically accurate detailing and decoration. The Lionel FEF-3 locomotive is available in two classic schemes: black with a light graphite smoke
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