Santa Fe 3751 Los Angeles to Chicago - Greg Scholl Train Video
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In September, 1992, Santa Fe 4-8-4 number 3751 makes an historic trip from Los Angeles, California to Chicago, Illinois following the transcontinental mainline 2300 miles. This was the first time the 3751 had been west of California since the steam era service, and even now it is the longest venture for 3751 since its 1991 restoration. 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(Needles to Topeka), and it paid off with one capturing most of the departures while the other would set-up at selected prominent locations such as the Colorado River Bridge, Abo Canyon, and so forth. 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.
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Leon (Anchorage, Alaska) on 2013-05-07 20:09:03.
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If my memory is correct, this was an older film it had spots that were good and not so good, but still any Steam engine buff will be satisfied. One day I hope to take that ride along the same route even though Amtrak does the honors...If I had my way 1218, 611 & 765 would take me all the way. Let ole 1218 work a little in the high passes...I love it!!!
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2016-07-26 19:54:01.
While the main program was all right, Greg created a preview index for other titles available as well, but Unfortunately, You'll get a black screen of nothing, and only hear the sounds from the previews. What A Disappointment. Why Greg Why?