This train is owned by the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society....however, the train is stored in Los Angeles with a tarp over it....in my opinion that's a travesty...it should be returned home to the San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot described in my previous topic. There is a perfect spot right in front of the museum that it could be stored on....here is the link to their site... http://www.sbrhs.org/
Santa Fe 3751 is a restored 4-8-4 steam locomotive that was originally owned and operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. It is located in the Central City East neighborhood of Los Angeles, California and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Built in 1927 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, 3751 was Baldwin's and Santa Fe's first 4-8-4. Tests showed that 3751 was 20% more efficient and powerful than Santa Fe's 4-8-2 3700 class steamer, which at the point was the Santa Fe's top of the line steamer. In 1936, the engine was converted to burn oil. Two years later, the locomotive was given a larger tender able to hold 20,000 gallons of water and 7,107 gallons of fuel oil. In 1941, along with other 4-8-4s, 3751 received major upgrades including: 80-inch drive wheels, a new frame, roller bearings all around, and more. That same year, she achieved her highest recorded speed at 103 mph. She continued to be a very reliable work locomotive until 1953 when she pulled the last steam powered passenger train out of San Diego on August 23, where she ran on her last revenue run. Later that year she was officially retired from the roster and placed on display in San Bernardino. In 1981, the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society was formed with intentions of restoring and operating 3751. Four years later, they achieved their goal when 3751 was sold to them for $1 with conditions, the SBRHS must restore and operate the locomotive. In 1986, 3751 was moved from its display to California Steel industries where she was restored and operated for the first time in 38 years in 1991. Ever since then she has done countless excursions and special trips and gone to many events.
The locomotive is currently owned by the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society, the organization that performed the restoration. In 2000, 3751 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A second locomotive of the same class has also been preserved, AT & SF Locomotive 3759. It too is listed on the NRHP.
ATSF 3751, on its first trip after restoration, leads a train eastbound through Cajon Pass.
ATSF 3751 leads an employee special westbound through Streator, Illinois, in 1992.
In 2008 3751 ran on the coast line for two excursions. The first, on June 1st, was a public excursion which left 30 minutes late due to a delayed Metrolink train and arrived 4 hours behind schedule, most caused by the single-track railroad south of CP Avery, or Mission Viejo station. However, it was history in the making, as no steam engine traversed the coast line since the American Freedom Train, and many proud southern californian residents turned out to watch. The train was turned at Miramar wye, 15 miles north of San Diego station. The second excursion was a private car special, passing San Clemente at 9:30 AM. However, a trespasser was struck at CP Avery, delaying all trains up to 3 hours. 3751 passed CP Avery roughly around 9:00 PM. Still, this excursion was enjoyed by many, even catching the eye of railfans as far north as Simi Valley.