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There is a photo of 838 in two-tone gray in the April 30, 1999 issue of Classic Trains on page 22.
I would be interested in any other photos or information about this locomotive.
I have heard conflicting information regarding 5511's current condition. One report stated that 5511 is not in very good mechanical condition. The report stated that most of the cab appliances have been removed (although they could have been removed by UP staff, I don't know). It went on to say that since returning from Green River, 5511 had not had a hydro test or any kind of boiler inspection and its condition was a bit of a mystery. A recent report stated that the steam crew looked at the boiler and "ran all sorts of tests" and concluded that it would not take much work to restore it. Whatever its current condition, as a candidate for restoration it is very poor. It was built as a "drag" locomotive. It has a very long wheel base, longer than that of 844. Contrary to what some people have told me, Steve Lee of the UP steam program has informed me that the center driver is NOT blind. It has friction bearings (which is another strike against any restoration efforts). It has a small tender, limiting its range, and finally its large cylinders and small drivers would limit its speed. In service this class of locomotives was limited to 45 mph. In all, it would not be a very useful locomotive to have running. In 2004 I heard that this locomotive would be offered for sale.
The UP shop crew would like to get it out of the roundhouse and into a museum somewhere. It does have the "not-so-common" Young valve gear and would make a great museum display piece someday. It hasn't been moved much over the years except to pull it out of the roundhouse for a Union Pacific Historical Society convention a few years ago. Cosmetically it looks pretty good since the shop crew painted it for the convention and posed it on the turntable for photos.