Imagine you are driving home from work, just minding your own business, when all of a sudden you are passed by a gigantic steam locomotive, as it lets out a shrill whistle to announce its presence, as if you hadn’t already noticed!
That is what happened to an enthusiast who is part of The Steam Channel on Facebook who goes by the handle TrainTrackTrav. Santa Fe 3751 was just chugging along on a set of tracks right next to an L.A. Highway.
The Baldwin Locomotive Works built 3751, a 4-8-4 steamer, in 1927 and the loco remained in operation until 1957. Along the way, 3751 earned a reputation for being reliable and fast, setting a speed of 103 mph in 1953. Through the Eighties it was restored and returned to special event operation in 1991.
Santa Fe 3751 (Los Angeles-San Bernardino) High Speed Pace. Video by TrainTrackTrav
Posted by The Steam Channel on Friday, February 26, 2016
Thanks to Lizzy Leggett for the tip!