The Union Pacific FEF (four eight four) is easily one of the most recognizable us steam prototypes still in operation today. The FEF-3 series of steam locomotives was delivered in 1944 and were the last, and some of the largest, steam locomotives used by the Union Pacific. Operated solely by the Union Pacific, the FEF’s were intended primarily to be passenger locomotives but the Up’s large fleet of available diesels meant that the FEF’s were put to work in secondary passenger and fast freight service. Mechanically there was no difference between freight or passenger FEF-3’s; their versatility making them excellent multi-purpose locomotives. Today #838 is one of only four surviving FEF Steamers, sharing its home with #844 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Coreless motor design with dual brass Flywheels for silky-smooth performance at all speeds, even slow crawls
Special cross-braced shock absorbers equalize the pressure on the locomotive drivers to maximize traction
Illuminated headlight and locomotive number boards
DCC friendly design, allowing for easy drop-in installation of DCC. All detail parts installed and ready-to-run!
11″ (282mm) minimum turning radius on ground level track, 15″ (381mm) minimum turning radius on viaduct track.