It’s no secret I love trains.
Yesterday I was wandering around Los Angeles Union Station waiting for a group of tour-goers. A friend of mine had put together a day trip by train of historical sites and sights, and when she asked me to escort the group around the station I jumped at the chance. Union Station is one of my favorite venues in Los Angeles.
At one of the platform entrances I saw a sign that read “Steam Excursion.” Hmmm, sounded intriguing so I walked up the ramp, through the tunnel and out on to the platform.
And there it was, a gorgeous piece of art on wheels. The Santa Fe 3751 Steam Locomotive, built in 1927. What I would have given to be a passenger on that train. I don’t know where it was going but I wouldn’t have cared.
The platform was crowded with people of all ages taking photos and admiring this beautifully designed hunk of metal. There is nothing like it when form follows function and ends up in a magnificent sight like this.
Wikipedia informs us that “the Santa Fe 3751 is a restored 4-8-4 steam locomotive that was originally owned and operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.”
From the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society website: “Past contributions and volunteer power have helped transform steam locomotive 3751 from a rusting display in a park into one of the country’s premier passenger steam locomotives.”
I found this video of the train leaving Union Station on one of its excursions a few years ago.
I wish I could have waited around to see it leave the station yesterday. But I had to meet the tour group and by the time we arrived at this part of the tour, the 3751 had already left.
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