Athearn Genesis Series UP 4-8-8-4 – $649.95
The Union Pacific’s Overland Route, the eastern portion of the Transcontinental Railroad, was built west from Omaha, across Nebraska and Wyoming, and on into Utah. The steepest grade was the eastbound climb on the Echo Canyon line through the Wahsatch Mountains just east of Ogden, Utah. Despite the influx of diesel locomotives following WWII, the Big Boys and Challengers remained the prime power on the Overland Route. They also saw service as helpers, leading gas turbines and diesels over Sherman Hill. They remained active through the 1950’s and weren’t retired until the early 1960’s. By then the first twenty units had been run well over one million miles. Eight of the twenty-five Big Boys have been preserved.
The model portrays the ‘Excursion Service’ that will be the rejuvenated #4014 with oil tender. It comes with DCC and sound, as well as the usual plethora of features unique to the Genesis line. A great collector’s item.