More than 80 years ago, California got a glimpse of high-speed rail with Santa Fe Steam Engine #3751.
Built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Pennsylvania for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, the locomotive cost $99,712.77.
Santa Fe 3751 served the railroad for many years on its passenger lines across the West and Midwest. In 1936 it was converted from burning coal to oil.
Top speed of 103 MPH
Incredibly, it was clocked at 103 mph in 1941.
Just before being retired by the Santa Fe in 1953, #3751 served Del Mar Race Track tracks and routes between Los Angeles and San Diego.
No, 3751 found new life on mainline excursions after the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society acquired and restored it in the mid-1980s.
For example, he traveled the Santa Fe route between Los Angeles and Chicago.
Below is a video of cars #3751 passing on Interstate 10 while traveling between Los Angeles and San Bernardino in 2014.
Watch: Santa Fe 3751 in action
Last reconstruction of No. 3751
The historic company’s rebuild of the iconic engine reached a milestone last August when 230 pounds of steam pressure filled the boiler for the first time since 2017.
“This achievement culminates nearly three and a half years of hard work by our dedicated, all-volunteer Steam team, which could not have brought us to this day without the support of our SBRHS supporters,” the company wrote on its site. website. “To our supporters – this day is YOUR day as much as our day, and we thank you for making this possible!”
Although pandemic restrictions have slowed 3751’s return to core excursions, the company says it hopes to announce new trips as early as spring.