About two years ago, there was a great article in Trains about UP's 800 series steam locomotives. As an aside in the article, the author told the story of being on a UP westbound passenger train when the diesel power broke down or something like that.
The only thing they had to rescue the train was an 800--which turns out to be the 844. The Author was impressed, because the 844 was nearly able to make up the time, despite the hour delay. It was a good story about supper power steam.
Anyway, I was randomly reflecting on this story, when it occurred to me, how do they get the steamer to the passenger train?
Do they run it in reverse the 75 + miles to the passenger train--at one would think high speed no less? I assume this was not the only steam rescue in the history of railroading, so was it standard proactice to run the engiles in reverse for so long?