Tuesday, April 19, 2011

San Bernardino Railroad Days

This past weekend was the 3rd Annual San Bernardino Railroad Days event. It was held (where else) at one of the most historic railroad stations in the US, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Passenger and Freight Depot - San Bernardino Station.

This is the track side of the Santa Fe Station. I took this picture about 2 years ago. Click on this Wikipedia link to read about the station and its renovation.

There were lots of trains and vintage fire trucks and other transportation vehicles on hand. I will post more of this event in the near future. But first... one of the great Santa Fe Railway steam locomotives arrived pulling a train of vintage railroad coaches and other rolling stock.

The Santa Fe 3751 is a restored 4-8-4 steam locomotive that was originally owned and operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The engine was built in 1927 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works.

An Old West type of show was staged and along with the many other passengers was a neferious character who had escaped from a prison up North and was apprehended and returned to the San Bernardino Marshall to be incarcerated once more.

But as fate would have it, his long time gang of outlaws would do what they must... not to allow this incarceratrion to transpire.

The Marshall and his deputies pleaded with the gunmen not to attempt to take the prisoner from them... as they would not relinquish their custody of him without a fight.

But alas, the appeal of the Marshall would fall on deaf ears. A ferocious gun battle ensued. (And I might add, loud as all hell. My ears are still ringing.)

After all the smoke had cleared... there laid three dead hombres and they would hang the fourth one at an off-site location.

Well there you have it folks, I will post more of this event in the near future.

Here is a link to the PTA Transit Authority, for one of the newest diesel locomotives manufactured by General Electric that was on display at the event. This is awesome! Take my word for it!


Major Pepperidge said...

That train station reminds me of the Mission Inn.

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

Hello from another local. I've driven past that railroad station many times, went there once, but didn't know about the annual event they have there!

Last time a friend decided to travel by train, and dropping him off late at night there was... Interesting in that neighborhood to say the least. But what a beautiful old building. I hope they maintain it.

Darrin.. said...

How awesome man. So much great stuff like this to see and do in Cali.

The Viewliner Limited said...

It was a very cool way to spend a weekend. I will post more pics very soon.