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Lionel Union Pacific FEF

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Published on Nov 29, 2009

Lionel Legacy Union Pacific FEF-3 #844 steam locomotive. 6-11131.

Lionel did an excellent job with this locomotive and it operates as well as it both looks and sounds. Words really can't describe how nice this locomotive is without seeing and hearing it in person. It really is a very beautiful locomotive.

This locomotive features Legacy, Railsounds, an electro coupler on the rear of the tender, a fan driven smoke unit, a wireless tether, and Odyssey speed control.

The train is made up of reefer cars from Atlas O, Lionel, MTH Electric Trains, and Weaver Models. Behind the reefer cars are two Lionel 40 foot flat cars with Allis Chalmers construction equipment. The first flat car has a model 45 motor grader and the second is carrying a model TS-300 motor scraper. Both of those models were made for the National Toy Truck'n and Construction toy show that Toy Trucker and Contractor magazine has each year in Indianapolis. Following the flat cars are three Lionel tank cars and behind them is a K-Line boxcar. And bringing up the rear is a Lionel Union Pacific Ca-4 caboose.

The train is being operated with Lionel Legacy. The track is K-Line tubular with O-96 radius curves.

The 844 was the last of 45 4-8-4 northern type steam locomotives the Union Pacific owned. The name FEF came from the wheel arrangement of these locomotives, Four Eight Four.

All 45 FEFs were built by the American Locomotive Company, otherwise known as ALCo. The first 20 locomotives, #800-819, were delivered to the Union Pacific in 1937. This group of locomotives were to become class FEF-1 on the Union Pacific.

A second group, #820-834, class FEF-2, were delivered in 1939. The second group featured larger cylinders, larger drive wheels, smoke deflectors, and a centipede tender.

The final group, #835-844, class FEF-3,were delivered in 1944 and were the last steam locomotives delivered to the UP.

The 844 holds the distinction of being the longest continuously operated steam locomotive in the world. It is also the only steam locomotive to have never been retired by a Class 1 railroad. Today the 844 is part of the steam program the Union Pacific operates.

Besides the 844,there are three other surviving FEFs. FEF-1 814 is in Council Bluffs, Iowa. FEF-2 833 is in Ogden, Utah, and FEF-3 838 is also owned by the UP and is used as a parts locomotive for the 844.

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