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4-6-6-4 Articulated (Challenger) Steam Locomotives

MTH UP Challenger

The Challenger was a smaller sibling of the Big Boy (4-6-6-4 vs. 4-8-8-4) but saw very similar usage; indeed, the Challenger and the Big Boy were often teamed together, with both used to get up the grade, and the Challenger alone used to get down it.  This MTH RailKing model, though reduced in scale to handle O31 curves, is still a wonderful model that I enjoy operating.  As you can see, the smoke unit is outstanding!  

In late 2000, Lionel brought out an exquisite model of the Challenger in full 1/4" scale.  What follows are some pictures of this enormous, breathtaking model, the first in the Lionel JLC (Joshua Lionel Cowen) series.

Lionel Challenger

Lionel Challenger

Lionel Challenger

Lionel Challenger

Lionel Challenger

As you can see, it's a model of the 3985, the last running Challenger.  A photo of the prototype is shown below.

UP Challenger

Here's another Challenger under steam!

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UP wasn't the only railroad to have Challengers.  Some of the others that rostered them were the D&H and the GN.  In August of 2007, MTH brought out a Premier line model of the Great Northern Z-6 Challenger.  It's an exquisite model just chock full of detail as you can see in the following photos.  The first shows the locomotive broadside.

2007 GN Challenger

The next shows the detail around the cab.

2007 GN Challenger

The next shows locomotive detail amidships.

2007 GN Challenger

The next photo shows detail around the smokebox.

2007 GN Challenger

The next shows the very interesting 'face' of the locomotive with the front-mounted pumps.

2007 GN Challenger

The next photo is the requisite smoke photo showing the locomotive in motion, belching smoke in time to the drivers.

2007 GN Challenger

The last photo shows the tender.

2007 GN Challenger



Last updated: 04 Feb 2013

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