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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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As announced in our February 16th press release, which can be viewed by clicking HERE, the SBRX 1517 is being prepared to travel to its new home at the Fillmore & Western Railway. As of this writing (2/18/20), the car's bearings will...

The steam crew successfully reinstalled 3751's petticoat, affectionately dubbed "Friendship 3751" due to its resemblance to the Apollo space capsule, inside the smokebox on February 8, 2020. This extremely labor intensive step was no small task, as both the petticoat itself and stack extension piece that spans the gap between the smokestack...

In a short while, a steam locomotive is expected to travel through Southern California...but it's not Santa Fe 3751. On January 23, 2020 in Williams, Arizona, SP&S No. 539, a 2-8-2 "Mikado" built by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in 1917, was disassembled and loaded onto a series of flatcars. This 103-year-old engine, which has called the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel home since 2007, is about to begin...

On February 15 2020, some of the 3751 crew had the opportunity to listen to Union Pacific Railroad's own Ed Dickens speak at the RailGiants Train Museum annual meeting about the restoration of UP 4014. The level of professionalism and...

We are excited to announce that our new, GPS tracker has arrived and is ready for installation on our new support cars in Beech Grove, Indiana. Once these cars begin their journey, regular updates will be provided (when available to our crew to share) on the Support Railcar webpage. 

A major milestone was reached this past weekend with the re-installation of the final superheater unit. The crew has worked tirelessly to ensure all 52 units are soundly in their proper positions with no leaks, which has allowed our Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) hydrostatic inspection to be scheduled to take place within the next month [...

With the superheater work related to the 1472-inspection behind them, the crew moved on to preparing the petticoat to return to the smokebox. This included moving the pieces into a more open area, grinding them clean and giving each a fresh coat of heat-resistant paint.

Much like keeping a 1927-built, Baldwin steam locomotive operating; moving three railcars across the country requires a lot of work. Besides hours of physical labor on each railcar to prepare it for shipment, discussions with major railroad companies must take place to plan out...

The SBRHS is excited to announce that our three new support cars are finally ready to begin their journey west! A stubborn air brake problem [...]

On November 20, 2019, crew member Alex Gillman stopped by the Amtrak station on Modesto, Calif., to visit an old friend of the SBRHS - ATSF 2921. Years ago, some of the 3751 steam crew made multiple trips up to Modesto to work on the 2921 in an effort to help preserve the locomotive even if just for static display. Unfortunately, after much...

Today (11/09/2019) marked the return of the first superheater unit to 3751's boiler since all 52 units were removed on April 21, 2018. Prior to the their return, the crew worked tirelessly to clean the base of the superheater header/throttle box where the units connect to that a tight and proper seal can be made for each. 

The SBRHS would like to extend a warm thank you to our friends at the BNSF Railway Foundation for their generous donation of $10,000! These funds will...

It was an exciting, spring day in Downtown Los Angeles as 3751's brand new tubes and flues were moved inside the locomotive's storage compound where they will be prepared for installation. Unique to this 1472 inspection, the locomotive's entire boiler was...

With the help of a forklift and handful of hands, the steam crew was able to remove both of 3751's air tanks today. This step will allow the crew to remove the sheet metal jacketing that wraps around...

The steam crew is pleased to report that in a single day's work, all 52 superheater units were successfully removed from 3751's boiler. By completing this step in a single day, the crew has reported they are now ahead of schedule and excited to move forward with removing the 275+ tubes and flues inside the boiler. 

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