After months of planning and negotiations, hours of hard work and dedication, and with the continued support from generous donors, the Union Pacific Donation Special arrived at the Silvis Shops on Saturday, November 19, 2022. The following day, the shops were opened to the public to allow them to Walk Among the Giants ­– 4-6-6-4 Challenger #3985, 2-10-2 #5511, and the largest diesel in the world, DDA40X Centennial #6936, plus several other pieces of historic equipment. Several hundred people were on hand to be among the first to see these giants at their new home for restoration.

Below are a few of the many photos and videos taken over the weekend, including a time lapse video showing the equipment arriving at the shop.


Thank you for your continued support to our Double Matching Grant program.