Watch Santa Fe 4-8-4 number 3751 make a historic trip from Los Angeles to Chicago following the transcontinental mainline – some 2300 miles. The trip, made shortly after being restored in 1991, is still the longest this steamer has made! The trip to Chicago was an employee recognition special, and not a public excursion train. The trip marked the first time a Santa Fe steam engine was seen in most of these locations. We were the only company to have two camera crews for most of the journey, and it paid off with some great shots such as the Colorado River Bridge and Abo Canyon.
With water a problem in the desert regions, 3751 had diesel assistance and once up to speed the train was tough to keep up with. You’ll see great action as 3751 starts the train from places like Needles, Seligman, Winslow, and see famous locations such as passing over the Grand Canyon Railroad with a GC steamer below. There is fast action too with 70 mile and hour runbys, and meets with freight trains. At Topeka, 3751 visited Topeka Railroad days along with Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 #3985. Then the trip continues with the run to Chicago terminating at the Santa Fe freight yard. This is big time steam and southwestern scenery on a marathon trip that is not likely to be repeated anytime soon.