Dadgumit Jerry! You have all the luck. Thanks for posting. Gosh that bought back memories. Challangers in Grand Island in the mid 50's. Big Boys going through Columbus. Did I get to see it? Very little. Couldn't afford the money for film or gas at 35 cents a gallon. I was still in High School and generally flat broke. Thanks again. Just wish BNSF could see fit to bring back a 5600 (4-8-4) or one of the 4000 class Hudsons. Sigh.
PS Liked the early morning run of the Pioneer Zephyr. It sat at the Lincoln station when I started at the U of N in 59. Pictures....nah! Not me. Another sigh.
Just noticed, on the Challenger video, you can click on a higher quality viewing, I uploaded it at a pretty high resolution.
I know what you mean about lost opportunities. I was in Farmington, NM, when the narrow gauge was still there, but I was in 8th grade! Then, in 9th grade in Cheyenne and I think some steam was still going on Sherman Hill, that would have been 1959? Wife remembers playing in the cinder piles, in the winter, near her house in southern Cheyenne. Jerry