3751 Headed East to Illinois in July
- To all:
Sorry that I've been off doing other things for so long again. I've been meaning to collect some info about the Leon Turn for Otto too.
Below is a message from another list that may be of interest to many of you.
Big Steam Train Coming to Train Festival 2011
Santa Fe #3751 to Attend Train Festival 2011, July 2011. Rock Island, Il will
host America’s Largest Celebration of Railroading in 2011. It is only fitting
that one of the largest operating steam locomotives in the world is scheduled to
attend Train Festival 2011. The 425 ton steel monster, Santa Fe steam locomotive
no. 3751, is planning to make the nearly 5000 mile round trip from LosAngeles to
Rock Island, Il.
Train Festival 2011 organizers in partnership with Amtrak, Burlington Northern
Santa Fe Railway, California Zephyr Railcar Charters and the San Bernardino
Railroad Historical Society are planning to bring the no. 3751 back to the
Midwest. The no. 3751, built in 1927, visited Chicago in 1992, it has not made a
long trip of this nature since then. This will be the first time tickets will be
available for purchase to ride behind the locomotive in the Midwest.
The no. 3751 steam locomotive is scheduled to pull an upscale excursion made up
of privately owned first class passenger cars from the LosAngeles area to Rock
Island. An excursion will be operated on Friday July 22, 2011 from Rock Island
to Bureau, Il and return as part of the festival. Tickets are on sale on the
Train Festival 2011 website for this excursion. [www.trainfestival2011.com]
Santa Fe steam locomotive no. 3751 will spend the remaining time on display at
Train Festival 2011 in downtown Rock Island, Il. After the event, the no. 3751
will operate an excursion back to LosAngeles. Details for tickets on the
excursions to and from LosAngeles will be announced soon. Check the Train
Festival 2011 website for more details.
This addition of Santa Fe steam locomotive is just one of as many as 8 steam
locomotives to attend Train Festival 2011 as well as many vintage diesel
locomotives. Train Festival 2011 will also include train excursions, riverboat
cruises, model trains, a miniature railroad, train merchandise and much more.
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