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Santa Fe 3751
Santa Fe 3751 passes through San Bernardino in January 1999
Power type Steam
Builder Baldwin Locomotive Works
Serial number 60004
Build date 1927
Configuration 4-8-4
Career Santa Fe
Retired August 23, 1953
Current owner San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society
Disposition operates in occasional excursion service
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Steam Locomotive No. 3751
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Santa Fe 3751 is located in California
Location: 2435 E. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, California
Coordinates: 34°1′2″N 118°13′31″W / 34.01722°N 118.22528°W / 34.01722; -118.22528Coordinates: 34°1′2″N 118°13′31″W / 34.01722°N 118.22528°W / 34.01722; -118.22528
Built/Founded: 1927
Architect: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railwa; Baldwin Locomotive Works
Governing body: Private
Added to NRHP: October 04, 2000
NRHP Reference#: 00001178[1]

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.

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History

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.[2]

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.[1]

A second locomotive of the same class has also been preserved, AT & SF Locomotive 3759. It too is listed on the NRHP.

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.

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References

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. http://www.nr.nps.gov/.  
  2. ^ Boerio, Larry; Gary Page and Dennis White. "Santa Fe No. 3751 and Fullerton: Interesting Facts" (PDF). TrainWeb.com. Fullerton Model Railroad Historical Society. http://www.trainweb.com/frpa/fmrhs/Library_history/Doc00001.pdf. Retrieved 2009-06-19.  
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