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Want to learn the latest about what work is being done on 3751, planning for upcoming excursions or other exciting news? You're at the right place!

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On a cool, April 16, the steam crew was up bright and early to move 3751 out of its storage track and onto the turntable at Amtrak's Redondo Junction maintenance facility. Once properly turned, the engine was...

Prepared by various members of the steam crew and fully painted by Chief Mechanical Officer (CMO) Bob Kittel, the sand dome has...

While quite a distance will separate the two locomotive during this upcoming outing, we are pleased to report that California will once again see the visit of UP 4014, the "Big Boy," this summer as it embarks on a west coast-themed steam excursion tour. On April 11, UP made the following...

As steam crew members worked outside readying more equipment for paint, Sam C. (left) and Dave C. (right) could be found in the cab with Alex G. working on the placement of the new Positive Train...

During an extremely warm April 9 (with the temperature spiking at 95 degrees), the steam crew pushed on in preparing materials for new paint. One of the items that had been readied the week prior were the numberboards, which you might recognize usually sit on top of the locomotive just in front of the sand dome.

On a gloomy April 2, members of the steam crew gathered at Redondo Junction for another productive work day at "the compound." Some of the remaining pieces of piping to install on 3751 included the injector lines up to the top-check valves. 

On April 2, some of the steam crew caught a glimmer of the Northern Pacific off in the distance and needed to investigate the matter.

The day has finally arrived where the first pieces of 3751's new Positive Train Control (PTC) system, known as "LeapTC," have been installed on the locomotive.

Following weeks of dedicated, hard work from the steam crew...some of which placed crewmembers in the tightest areas on the locomotive...the 100% completion of the reinstallation of all of 3751's boiler jacketing is complete!

3751's three Coale safety valves, also known as "pop" valves, were taken back off the locomotive and reset following the engine's most recent steam test. The resetting of the valves took place at...

One of the many items that is being readied for fresh paint is 3751's sand dome. This large piece was taken off the locomotive back in 2018 when the 15-year rebuild was just getting started. Now, after remaining under the protection of a tarp for a number of years, the dome is once again...

The morning of January 22 found the steam crew busy with the final pipes reconnected to the turret (located just ahead of the cab atop the engine) and the reinstallation of the engine's generator or "dynamo." 

It was another typical, gloomy winter day in Los Angeles as a small gathering of the steam crew came together to work on the engine. Tasks on the agenda for this day included reinstalling the freshly painted "toe boards," appropriately named due to the fact that...

s the morning overcast began to break above downtown Los Angeles, the steam crew was already busy getting things moved around the "compound" in preparation for painting. The biggest item of the day to move for paint was 3751's generator or "dynamo."

As part of the 30th anniversary of 3751 steaming in excursion service and the 40 anniversary of the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society (SBRHS), a major milestone was reached this past Saturday, August 7, 2021, in the locomotive's current 15-year rebuild as 230 pounds of steam pressure filled...

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