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April 2013

Riveting the Outer Harbor Terminal Locomotive

Members Rick Brown and Paul Guercio prepare rivets until red hot from a special furnace. Keep your face and hands a safe distance away from your computer monitor, as these rivets are HOT!


Below, Paul uses a pneumatic air hammer to form the red hot rivet into shape, while Rick bucks the rivet from its other side.


Nickel Plate Pullman Business Car

Mark Herrera and Jason Leach drill holes in the new diaphragms for the Nickel Plate car. Diaphragms are used as a mold, cushion, and shock absorber when coupling passenger cars.


Larry Blair works to remove the Nickel Plate Pullman car windows so that they can be rebuilt.

April 27 & 28, 2013

San Bernardino Railroad Days

Volunteers from RailGiants Train Museum and the R&LHS Southern California Chapter staffed their booth at San Bernardino Railroad Days. The annual festival was held at the Santa Fe Station serving Metrolink commuter trains, Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, and freight trains of BNSF & Union Pacific.

Visitors to our booth received information about our museum, activities, and benefits of membership. Several items from our museum’s gift shop were also for sale there. Though we weren’t able to bring any of our famous steam locomotives to the festivities, one member did bring his “O” Gauge scale model of Union Pacific Big Boy steam locomotive #4014.

AT&SF steam locomotive #3751 arrived just before noon on Saturday to a thrilled crowd, while welcomed by The Redlands Fourth-of-July Band performing John Phillip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever March.


Many of our members pose in front of Santa Fe #3751 with its engineer soon after its arrival. Members later talk with #3751 crew members regarding steam locomotive operations.


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