Leadership
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PRESIDENT

Warren Peterson

Warren Peterson has been involved with 3751 and the SBRHS since the locomotive’s original restoration. He currently serves as President for the society as of January of 2016 after serving as Vice President the previous year. A fire service professional, most recently as Fire Chief with the East Olympia Fire Protection District in Washington state, Warren has historically put his fire service experience and contacts to use by arranging fire department support for 3751 water stops during excursions. Warren currently divides his time between work, family, church, the SBRHS and his love for the live steam hobby.

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VICE PRESIDENT

Fred Hill

T Fredrick (Fred) Hill has been involved with 3751 and the SBRHS from its inception. He has served as Vice President, a position he is holding once again since July 2018, Merchandising Manager, Coordinator of Field Operations and a Director for many years. Besides his SBRHS management work, Fred also serves as a Director on many railroad-related boards including: the Hobby Manufacturer Association (HMA), National Retail Hobby Association (NRHSA), Southern Pacific Historical Society (SPH&TS) and Narrow Gauge Preservation Foundation (NGPF). Fred manufacturers model trains and owns two hobby stores in the greater Los Angeles area.

SECRETARY / ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER

Peter Hills

Peter Hills has been involved with 3751 as a supporter since the early days of the restoration, and as a Board member since 1999. He currently serves as the society’s Secretary and Administrative Manager as of July 2018. A retired fire chief officer, Peter divides his time between the SBRHS, serving on his local fire district board, and other non-profit boards and in his free time is building a model railroad layout.

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DIRECTOR

Ronald Gustafson

Ron Gustafson has been involved with 3751 since the Fall of 1990 and currently serves on the Board as a Director for the society. Ron is President of Coast Packing Company founded by his grandfather in 1922. He is currently motivating the company’s success as a shortening manufacturer. He is also involved with four other 501c3 foundations.

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DIRECTOR / OPERATIONS MANAGER

Matthew Casford

Matt Casford joined the SBRHS in 1999. He currently serves as the society’s Operations Manager, coordinating 3751’s movements with Class I railroads including: the BNSF Railway, Amtrak, Metrolink, and others. Matt’s thorough experience with the ins and outs of 3751 go as far back as being a part of the mechanical crew that completed the 1472 boiler inspection in 2001-2002. He went on to participate as a member of the steam crew on most of the trips between 2000 and 2009. In 2004, Matt hired out with the BNSF Railway in Los Angeles and later transferred to Austin, Texas in 2009 where he currently operates trains out of today. When not working on “big” train equipment, you can find Matt enjoying time with his wife, Amy, and their four children in and around Austin.

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DIRECTOR / CHIEF MECHANICAL OFFICER

Bob Kittel

Bob Kittel has been involved with 3751 and SBRHS since the group’s inception. He served as part of the original restoration crew and was instrumental in bringing 3751 to its current home in Los Angeles. He currently serves as a Director and the Chief Mechanical Officer for steam crew. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1989 and has served as as President, Vice President and a number of other positions on the board over the past 29 years. Bob is part-time retired, part-time building contractor, and a consulting engineer for the ceramics industry. When not working or managing 3751 activities, he enjoys spending time on his surfboard, sailing/boating, tinkering with his classic cars and spending time with his granddaughter.

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DIRECTOR / WEBMASTER & SOCIETY PHOTOGRAPHER

Alex Gillman

Alex Gillman has been actively involved with 3751 since 2013 as a member of the steam crew. He currently serves as a Director, Webmaster and the Society’s Photographer. A California State University, Northridge, graduate, Alex has secured a degree in Journalism – Public Relations that he uses to serve both the Los Angeles Fire Department and its supporting nonprofit organization. When not assisting the steam crew during operations or weekly work sessions at the yard, Alex divides his time between his work, professional photography business and spending time with family and friends.

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DIRECTOR

Brendon Hilton

Brendon Hilton has been involved with 3751 since 2008 when he served as the “pilot” from the BNSF Railway who worked with SBRHS members to take the locomotive to that year’s Fullerton RR Days event. He reconnected with the engine in 2015 when we served as part of the BNSF train crew that brought the locomotive back to Los Angeles from that year’s RR Days event and has been a part of the group since. Brendon currently serves as a Director and plays an important role in 3751’s maintenance and operating crew whenever the locomotive comes out. Working for the BNSF Railway as a locomotive engineer, he is the President of Division 398 of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen in San Bernardino, Calif. When not on the standard gauge side of things, he enjoys spending time in his shop working on 15″ gauge, live steam projects with friends and family.

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DIRECTOR

Jon Toumanian

Jon Toumanian began working indirectly with 3751 in 2011 when, as Chairman of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Division 398 in San Bernardino, he helped provide volunteer BNSF train crews to staff the San Bernardino Railroad Days events. Direct involvement started in 2015 when he joined the SBRHS steam crew. Employed by BNSF Railway as a locomotive engineer, Jon is also a skilled machinist and fabricator, and enjoys building live steam locomotives and other equipment for 15″ gauge miniature railways, as well as repair and restoration of antique mechanical clocks.

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DIRECTOR / TREASURER

Paul Prine

Paul Prine has been involved with 3751 since 1990 as part of the Fontana-based restoration team. He currently serves as a Director and the Treasurer for the society. A member of the Board of Directors since 1994, Paul served as Secretary from 1992 to 2012. Now a retired pharmacist with more than 20 years of mid-level management experience in managed care, Paul divides his time between the SBRHS, environmental and social justice issues, home handyman projects and entertaining four grandchildren. Paul has been a life-long rail enthusiast and modeler, with a special passion for Colorado narrow gauge preservation. He is also engaged in constructing his own HOn3 model railroad as time permits.

2018 Business Managers

Daniel Echeto

Collections Manager

Kenneth Skolyan

Supporter Manager