ATSF 3751 Storms through Oceanside, CA making a run to San Diego in 2008 HISTORY Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad's 4-8-4 number 3751 is one of two surviving 4-8-4s of the 3751 class of locomotives. In fact, the 3751 was the first locomotive built for the class. The railroad bought the locomotive new from the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1927 and was a dual service locomotive throughout most of the Santa Fe system. In the 1930s and 1940s, the 3751 and it's 13 other sisters received many improvements. The conversion from coal to oil, 73 inch drivers to 80 inch drivers, a larger firebox, roller bearings, and many more improvements like these made the 3751 and her sisters powerful workhorses. But unfortunately, progress caught up to the 3751. After diesel technology began to take over passenger service, the 3751 was used less and less. Then in 1953, the locomotive pulled the last regularly scheduled passenger service from Los Angeles to San Diego, CA in 1953. After that, the 3751 was stored at Redondo Junction, CA until being pulled from the Santa Fe roster in 1957. But fortunately, the locomotive was spared in placed in a park in San Bernardino, CA. There it sat for many years in the outdoors. Immune to vandals and mother nature. Fast forward to 1981 and the 3751s future looked very bright. A new group was formed known as the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society. The group was formed with the intention of restoring and operating the 3751. After four years, the group was surprisingly able to purchase the locomotive from the city for $1.00! Once purchased, the locomotive was moved to it's restoration site where the volunteers lovingly restored the locomotive to an operational state. About 5 years later in 1991, the 3751 was finished, and the locomotive moved under it''s own power for the first time in 38 years. It's first ever excursion saw the 3751 storming to Bakersfield, CA with a 16 car passenger train. 1992 saw the locomotive taking an Employee Special for the Santa Fe. The 3751 trekked over 2,000 miles to Chicago, IL and back. After these trips, the locomotive was not seen for a few years until 1999 when it pulled an excursion to railfair at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, CA. Ever since then, The 3751 has been the star locomotive of many other special occasions. Such as a visit to the Grand Canyon Railway in 2002 and 2012, an AAPRCO private car special in 2008, San Bernardino Railroad Days, and many more trips. With the Cylinder Cocks wide open, the 3751 begins to depart LA Union Station bound for San Bernardino in 2014. Train Simulator Rendition The real 3751 has used two different whistles in it's excursion life. In it's early excursion career, it owned an ATSF 5 Chime whistle. Nowadays, the locomotive wears a ATSF 6 Chime whistle. So if interchangeable whistles was doable, that would be neat. And as mentioned, the locomotive is oil fired. Meaning it uses an oil regulator to pump oil into the firebox. The locomotive also has been equipped with a few modern pieces of technology. Such as a H-O-T device (Head-of-Train device) and a some radio units for communication. Dynamic numbering would also be welcomed. In it's life, the locomotive has made trips across the Pacific Surfliner. Which makes this locomotive perfect for operating on the Surfliner route. The 3751 has also passed through Cajon Pass several times, so it would be suitable to run on Cajon Pass as well. The 3751 charges through Belva, KS with the ATSF Employee Special in 1992. PROPOSED ROLLING STOCK The 3751 has used many types of passenger cars throughout it's career. But here is the rolling stock I would like to see included. The 3751 pulled excursions from Los Angeles to San Diego in the years 2008 and 2010 on the Pacific Surfliner. And I believe these would be the best excursions to simulate. During these excursions, the locomotive was given extra power with a P42DC Locomotive. Which, of course, is already in the game. The 3751 also pulled some Amtrak "Amfleet" and "Horizon" cars. There were also some private cars on the scene. Including the highly popular California Zephyr dome cars "Silver Solarium", "Silver Lariat", and "Silver Splendor", Canadian Pacific Private car "Pony Express", and a Rio Grande Scenic dome car. Locomotive 3751 sits at San Diego, CA. FINAL CONCLUSION This engine would be an amazing secondary DLC for someone who would want to operate something completely different on the Surfliner and/or Cajon Pass as the 3751 is one of the most popular excursion locomotives of the 21st century. It is big, it is powerful, and it has received lot's of attention in it's career. The SBRHS continues to find reasons to bring the locomotive out and run it. It is a fine example of one of the most popular fallen flags in the United States and it is a fine example of the popular 4-8-4 design. Which is why the Santa Fe 4-8-4 #3751 would be a perfect fit for Train Simulator. Go to: http://www.sbrhs.org/ to give a donation or get a membership to help out the 3751. Note: the 3751 is currently being torn down for it's 15 year boiler inspection, so any donation towards that would greatly appreciated by the SBRHS.