Updated August 15: LARHF members were invited to an ultra-rare visit to see Santa Fe 4-8-4 no. 3751 being rebuilt at Amtrak’s Redondo Jct. facility in downtown Los Angeles. On Saturday, August 10, members visited the site, learned about the 1927 Baldwin’s boiler rebuild, toured the tool car, and stepped inside the cab to view the firebox.
Per Amtrak’s request we could not tour the entire facility, but photography was allowed from the 3751 site, which occupies 3 tracks adjacent to the ex-Santa Fe turntable. The facility is next to busy UP, BNSF, and Amtrak mainlines.
Admission was $40 and a portion of the proceeds went to the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society to support completion of the boiler rebuild and return 3751 to steam. Only LARHF members could attend and provided their own transportation.
This is the first site visit allowed in years, and we are extremely grateful to SBRHS and Amtrak. To see more photos from the day, visit our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.