Smoke Filled Sky

Union Pacific 3985 fills the cold Kansas sky with smoke as the Super Bowl XXXVIII Special heads north toward Kansas City, Missouri. The train would stay over night in Kansas City before moving on to its next stop on the return leg of the Super Bowl XXXVIII Special tour. Eventually the locomotive would return home to Cheyenne, Wyoming where UP's heritage steam locomotives are based out of.

This image was originally captured on Kodak Ektachrome slide film, and scanned on a Nikon CoolScan 9000 ED film scanner.

Photo taken: February 8, 2004. Buffalo, Kansas.


  1. Wow. Dramatic. Thanks for sharing to #steamysunday.

  2. I'm just imagining the awesome sound that accompanied this scene!  Nice capture.

  3. Mighty awesome capture, my heart is beating.

  4. Thanks Michelle Thompson. It was pretty spectacular to witness.

  5. Beautiful image!  Looks great in monochrome!  Thanks for sharing to #steamysunday  !

  6. Thank you very much Dirk Buttgereit Photography.

  7. Full head steam add smoking GT , IMAGING, SCENE ,..//$$

  8. It was an impressive scene george solley. I could see 3985 spewing smoke for miles.

  9. I'm going to need a bigger printer then.


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