Great, great video of steam engine running along future Gold Line alignment in Pasadena in 1992 – The Source

The following blog post originally appeared on The Source website on July 22, 2013.

This week marks the 10th anniversary of Gold Line service beginning between Los Angeles Union Station and Pasadena. We’ll have some other posts as the week continues, but I thought it would be fun to start this one from YouTube user PhotoBoost.

What exactly is happening here? This is a steam engine that the then-Santa Fe railroad restored and ran to the L.A. area in 1992 as part of an employee recognition tour in 1992. The Gold Line was built on a very old alignment used for decades by Santa Fe and later purchased by local authorities to use as a transit corridor. The video begins with the train running past Memorial Park in Pasadena and then continuing to the median of the 210 freeway.

The train then goes beyond the final station of the Gold Line — Sierra Madre Villa — and continues along the alignment to be used by the Gold Line Foothill Extension project that is currently under construction and will extend the Gold Line for 11.5 miles to the Azusa/Glendora border. The video ends with the train crossing the old bridge over the eastbound 210 — the Foothill Extension rebuilt it from scratch. The very last shot is from a train model at the L.A. County Fair.

For more info, watch the video at YouTube and read PhotoBoost’s description of the video. Fun stuff!

1 comment

  1. Bob Davis says:

    I believe Santa Fe gave some assistance in rebuilding 3751, but the project was the work of the San Bernardino Railway Historical group. Most of the original rebuilding was done in a vacant steel mill building at the former Kaiser Steel facility in Fontana. I rode behind 3751 on the last segment of its first major outing–LA to Bakersfield and back via Barstow in Dec. 1991. Not long afterwards, I rode the last westbound Amtrak #3 to run via Pasadena, with my daughter, whose first mainline train ride was on the Santa Fe Chief (#20) from LA to Pomona in 1965. Then, ten years ago this weekend, I saw the return of electric railway service to Pasadena 50-some years after the last Red Car ran to the San Gabriel Valley.

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