The original acrylic painting depicting 'Santa Fe 3751 Making Her
Grand Entrance' is going up to auction on eBay on Friday, May 17th.
Click here to follow and bid on the Ebay Auction of 3751 Making Her Grand Entrance
The setting of this image is freelanced, yet it seems vaguely familiar. Artist, Eric Smith, has
used elements that invoke the mystique of Southern California in the middle of the last century.
From the golden hillsides and bougainvillea, to the palm trees, and mission style depot, the viewer
is left with no doubt that this could be somewhere along the Santa Fe's Los Angeles Division.
Mr. Smith has generously donated this painting to the SBRHS to be used as the basis of new
merchandise (see the Souvenirs page). And all proceeds from the auction will directly benefit the
operation of the Santa Fe 3751. See full details on the eBay listing.
About the Artist:
Eric Smith is a Southern California native and career railroader. His passion for railroading has
spilled over into his art. Eric has no formal training, but honed his skills on theatre sets and
model railroad backdrops before moving to acrylic paintings. His appreciation for the golden era of
Southern California railroading inspires him to recreate the era that he missed. Eric strives to
share the lore and romance of the Southern California railroads of that time, drawing from the
stories of his co-workers that lived it first hand, to the well documented history available thanks
to the railfans of that era. In his role as an Amtrak Assistant Superintendent he is a frequent
fixture on charter trains and steam powered excursions featuring the San Bernardino Railroad
Historical Society's A.T.S.F. 3751. He is easily spotted on these trips paying homage to the
railroad officers of the past, dressed to the nines with his trademark Fedora.
In addition to painting Eric enjoys model railroading, ukulele and spending time with his wife of
22 years and his two children.
For more information about Eric Smith, like his Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/EricSmithRailroadArt.