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4:03 PM Sun, Oct. 21st

Steam engine to stop in Kingman

The former Santa Fe 3751 steam engine, sister to the engine in Kingman's Locomotive Park, is scheduled to stop in Kingman Aug.

20 to take on water.

Bill Shilling, Kingman city grant administrator, said the historical engine will be at the Second Street rail crossing between 10 a.m.

and 11 a.m.

No passengers will be allowed to disembark in Kingman or get on the train at this stop.

Local residents can catch the train in Needles, where it will stop overnight, and purchase tickets to ride to Williams.

Retired Santa Fe employee and Kingman resident Robert Heuerman said Engine 3751 would be pulling passenger cars from Los Angeles to Williams for people attending the National Railway Historical Society annual convention.

Coach, first-class and observation-dome cars make up the 3751 Canyon Limited train.

Heuerman said railway history buffs would find good picture-taking spots at the Topock Bridge, Yucca, Hackberry and Peach Springs in addition to the stop in Kingman.

He worked for the railroad for 40 years and retired while stationed at Needles.

"A few more hot summers in Needles convinced my wife and I to move to Kingman and the cooler climate," he said.

Daryl Fruhwirth, Kingman parks director, said some of the parts for the Santa Fe 3751 were left over from the rebuilding of the Santa Fe 3759 that is on display in Locomotive Park between Beale Street and Andy Devine Avenue.

Some parts made for the 3751 were made from molds of parts on Kingman's 3759.

The Santa Fe 3751 is being leased from the San Bernardino Railway Historical Society and will return to its display location in Barstow, Calif., after pulling the 3751 Canyon Limited to Williams.

The ticket price from Los Angeles to Williams is $370 coach and $570 first class.

Dome car seats are sold out.

Some meals and accommodations in Laughlin are included.

The train will stop overnight in Needles before coming on to Kingman.

Passengers will be bused to Laughlin for hotel stays.

More information about the 3751 Canyon Limited and the National Railway Historical Society convention in Williams is available on the Internet at www.sbrhs.org.