An Old Steamer Looks Great!

Yesterday (Friday, April 30) we noticed a small article in the L.A. Times:

The Central Coast Railway Club and the Pacific Locomotive Association announce the San Diego Steam Special-II, powered by former Santa Fe 4-8-4 3751. Our train will depart L.A. Union Station mid-morning, Saturday, May 1 and arrive in San Diego mid-afternoon. On Sunday, May 2, the train will return to Los Angeles, leaving San Diego mid-morning, arriving at LAUS mid-afternoon.

We decided to head for a local station and watch this great old locomotive pass by, and naturally we took our cameras. Wife stayed on the platform side while I ventured across the double main to the other side. It was neat to see and hear this old steamer, and we got a few good shots. Here are two. Things like this make life fun!

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9 Responses to An Old Steamer Looks Great!

  1. Nice. It reminded me I have a copy of Midnight Specials, from your recommendation, that I need to get into soon.

  2. I think Bill Crider took some train photos recently, too. We have a rail line about a mile from our house so we hear the train whistle nightly.

  3. Richard says:

    The loco was moving pretty fast, it had a schedule to keep, inbetween the north and south bound regular Amtrak trains, the Surfliner. So it was probably going 40 or 50, and I felt lucky to get the shot here, panning as it passed.

  4. laurie powers says:

    Great photos! I love trains. Wish I would have paid more attention to the newspaper that day. It’s coming back to L.A. today, but I’ll be at the Dodger game.

  5. Patti Abbott says:

    Is this a one-time only trip.? Would love to do it when we come out next year. Great picture.

  6. Richard says:

    Laurie – it will be arriving at L.A. Union Station about 3:00 – 3:30, and will be there for a while – but I don’t know ho long – to see.

    Patti – This is the third time, I believe, but it hasn’t been every year. There may be more information here:

  7. Cap'n Bob says:

    Love these things. A 4-8-4 refers to the wheels on the locomotive: 4 small ones in the front, 8 large drive wheels in the middle, and 4 more small rear wheels. I’m sure you know, Rick, but I put it out for those who may not.

  8. Carl V. says:

    What a gorgeous looking piece of engineering. Things today don’t have the same kind of style as this, and it is a real shame in my opinion. I’m happy you got to get out to see it.

  9. Richard says:

    Yep, I knew that, Bob, but didn’t think to put any explanation in the post. Thanks. These types of locomotives are also refereed to as “Northerns”.

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