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Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 3450

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Railway and Locomotive Historical Society

Hudson type locomotive 3450 was presented to the Chapter in October, 1955 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.  Designed for high speed passenger service, 3450 was the first of ten similar 4-6-4 locomotives built for Santa Fe in 1927 at a cost of $73,735.60 each.  In the early days of its life, 3450 charged across the mid-western plains leading sleek transcontinental passenger trains using coal for fuel.  It was rebuilt in 1937, converted to oil, and more modern appliances were added, including disc type 79 inch drivers that made the locomotive capable of speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Number 3450 was later assigned to service in California's San Joaquin Valley, between Bakersfield and Oakland.  The massive, 20,000 gallon tender was a 1952 modification.  Mileage exceeding 100 times the distance around the earth was accumulated by the 3450 by the time of its retirement in 1953. 

3450 Photo Gallery (click thumbnail for larger picture) 

Santa Fe 3450 near Richmond, California by Fred Matthews

3450 from Chapter archives

On display in Pomona

Up close and personal Dec 1998


Visitors getting a tour

All of the SF 3450 

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