Harry Cupper’s Steam Engine of the Week: Santa Fe 3415
Introducing Restore The Magic’s newest section. Harry Cupper’s Steam Engine of the Week. Harry Cupper was the engineer from the first season of Shining Time Station. He was superseded by Billy Twofeathers. Harry told delightful stories about running the iron horse so he’s the perfect character to name this section in his honor.
Our First Engine of the week is a good sized 4-6-2 that happens to be the only operational steam locomotive in all of Kansas. Ex. Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway No. 3415. Many Americans jump straight to steam super power and forget the humble 4-6-2 Pacific was the quintessential American passenger locomotive.
Just listen to this whistle…
Born in 1919, 3415 was one of 50 Class “2400” Pacific-types delivered to Santa Fe. There was nothing fancy about the locomotives as delivered. In 1935 the Topeka shops rebuilt the 2400 class with new Elesco feedwater heaters and 79″ boxpok drivers. 3415 served with her sisters until being retire in 1955. She was placed on display in Eisenhower Park in Abilene Kansas. In 1996 the city donated her to the Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad. Restoration begin in 2005 and was completed in 2009.
Today the Abelene and Smoky Railroad operates 3415 on special weekends throughout the year. Her next trip in on May 2015. Check out the Abeline and Smoky Railroad here http://www.asvrr.org/steamtrains.html.
Restore The Magic and Co-creator Metamorphical are a part of and avid supporters of Railroad Preservation. I always encourage folks to get involed and support some real magic by finding a heritage operation or a Railroad or even a Railway Museum near you.