Santa Fe (ATSF) 3751 locomotive in April 2011 – by SDrailfan

Photo by Ken Szok

One of the beautiful big 4-8-4 steam locomotives operating in the USA today, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (ATSF, or ‘Santa Fe’ in nickname), takes frequent excursions throughout the year, especially in the Southern California area.

This trip was earlier in April of this year (2011).  This great video is from kearthfan101.

For those of you who aren’t too familiar with steam engines except in art and photographs, you can get an idea of the size and power of these locomotives.  We can also keep in mind that these locomotives have speed limits these days and for insurance purposes.  Mechanical issues (since modern rail mechanics no longer serve steam) are circumvented by adding the diesel locomotives in case there are problems.  But the diesel locomotives DO NOT HELP in pulling the train!  It’s all steam baby!!

This great Video is by SD railfan!


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