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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...
January 9, 2021 saw the return of 3751's beautifully restored cab floor, thanks to the personal efforts of Chief Mechanical Officer (CMO) Bob Kittel. The cab floor panels, which date back to the locomotive's first restoration after being removed from Viaduct Park in 1986 (panels were installed in 1990), are 1.5 x 12" red oak. Carefully removed and reworked with. . .
On December 12, as many on the crew socially distanced by working on projects related to 3751 and the new tool car, CMO Bob K. worked on repairing one side of the steam dome base. This piece, part of the many pieces of sheet metal that cover the locomotive's boiler, is original to the 1927-built date of 3751. Despite being heavily corded after. . .
On December 12, the steam crew divided and worked to conquer a number of ongoing projects at the 3751 worksite. As part of the crew moved dozens of pieces of sheet metal jacketing, another section of the crew prepared the pieces for painting with a quick acid wash to remove any outstanding. . .
On December 5, your SBRHS steam crew was hard at work painting a number of pieces on the locomotive. From steam dome pieces to the oil can platform (which you normally see just above the firebox door), to piping for the independent brake stand and steam lines feeding off the fireman's manifold, it was. . .
November 21 was an exciting morning for the SBRHS. After acquiring this car in 2019, working tirelessly to prepare it for shipment from its storage location at Beech Grove, IN, shipping it some 2,500 miles over active mainlines this past summer...our new tool car, SBRX 1161, safety arrived at the 3751 worksite on this cool, fall morning. Despite the steam crew's main focus. . .
On November 13, the steam crew worked diligently to continue preparing items for new paint (or actually painting them) before they are reinstalled on 3751. As the locomotive's cab continues to take shape, one of the items soon to be returned to its rightful place is the fireman's manifold. The manifold provides. . .
On November 7, a major milestone was reached as the locomotive and tender were reconnected. To complete the necessary boiler work, 3751 was separated at the beginning of 2018. By placing the engine on the longest track in the SBRHS compound, the room the tender would. . .
October 24 proved to be a heavy lifting kind of day as the steam crew put their muscles to the test reinstalling BOTH the firebox door and brakestand in the cab. Thanks to the locomotive being separated from the tender, moving the pieces up into the cab was the easy part thanks to the SBRHS' new forklift. It was once the pieces were. . .
On October 23, work continued on readying a number of pieces for reinstallation in 3751's cab. One of these pieces, the throttle, needed to be thoroughly cleaned, sanded and repainted before it could return to the engine. As the steam crew sanded the iconic piece, one spot near the top of the bar revealed a little bit of steam locomotive history - the actual number "3751" stamped into the metal. This common practice, which you can sometimes find on external pieces on a steam locomotive during displays, was done to help maintenance crews know. . .
On October 23, after hours upon hours of hard work cleaning, sanding and the painting of both a primer and final coat of paint - 3751's HC-2 brakestand was finally cleared to move up and. . .
On October 10, as part of the steam crew worked inside the firebox, another section of the crew (socially distancing, of course) worked to prepare pieces from the locomotive's cab for new paint. One of these pieces, the brakestand, was carefully brought out and given a thorough bath and sanding after accumulating. . .
October 10 signified the end of placing more than 2,000 pieces of firebrick back into the firebox of 3751. As you can imagine, even with today's sophisticated technology of iPhones and self driving cars...there's only one way to place firebrick back into the firebox of a 1927-built steam locomotive: by hand. Unique to this boiler inspection, the steam crew went above and beyond to reuse as many pieces of. . .
On September 25, CMO Bob K. skillfully handled the painting of more than a dozen pieces of sheetmetal as he coasted each with a special application of high-temperature paint. Not to be confused with the gloss, black paint you see on the sides of the locomotive's boiler as it thunders down the track, this paint is actually. . .
On September 18, after hours of meticulous work to carefully reinstall each individual piece of sheet metal to its rightful place, the steam crew could finally step back and look at a steam locomotive cab coming back together. As part of the ongoing boiler inspection, the crew had to remove all of 3751's cab appliances to clear the way for. . .