ATSF 3751, the oldest surviving 4-8-4, the first to be built by Baldwin Locomotive Works and the first to be built for the Santa Fe passes one of EMDs newest locomotive. A spotless Union Pacific SD70ACe at Lenwood, CA, outside of Barstow, CA.
The Illinois zephyr posed for a couple photo run by's including one with the team of Santa Fe FP45 92 and Wisconsin Central SD45 7525. Engineer Ray Weart gives a tug of the classic Leslie RS3l for the group of railfans gathered for the photo shoot.
Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 Challenger storms across a crossing as steam escapes from the cyliders. This is one sweet piece of machinery.
Check out those side rods! Nice and shiny and polished...oh...and orginial! Its nice to know something nearly 70 years old can look that good. I even got to touch them and I didnt have any dirt on my finger at all.
ATSF 3751 heads west on the BNSF transcon at Siberia, CA where the westbound and eastbound mains split for a few miles. ATSF3751 did not smoke very much on the run to the Grand Canyon but here she smoking a bit.
When Norfolk Southern unveiled the heritage fleet, specifically the Conrail heritage unit, I imagined this shot in my head. I didnt think I would get this shot so soon. Ive been reluctant to share this as I dont think the NS higher ups know the fuel tank still says Conrail.