Big Train Completes Pass Through Region8

Photo courtesy of Mike Archer, ASU P.D.
Photo courtesy of Mike Archer, ASU P.D.

January 23, 2004 - Posted at 2:04 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - The world's largest operating steam engine has completed its pass through Region 8.  After a brief rendezvous with a K8 News crew, the giant old engine pulled out of Fair Oaks at 1:20 this afternoon, making its way south.

After spending last night in the Missouri Bootheel, Union Pacific's Challenger #3985 crossed the state line into Arkansas this morning.  The train made a brief stop in Paragould, before making it's way on through Greene County and into Craighead County.  It was delayed for nearly an hour in Brookland to let other rail traffic pass ahead, and then rolled through Jonesboro around noon.  Hundreds of Craighead and Greene County residents gathered along the tracks to get a first hand look at the unique train.

The 61-year-old engine is on its way to Houston, Texas, where it will participate in Super Bowl XXXVIII festivities next week.