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(The following refers to the older version of this film.  The new DVD's are even better.)


"A superior version of the steam excursion. No comparison at all to (another company)'s video."

"You covered the highlights of every aspect of the convention and came up with an outstanding video. We can't wait to show it to our friends."


"A great video. Good coverage of all the private varnish...the best I have seen anyone do on the subject."


"I have looked at (BIG STEAM / STEAM GIANTS) twice already. WOW WOW...that is all I can say about these  DVDs.

"You out did yourself again!"


"I took my 3751 videos to share with friends at dinner over the holidays and man, we all really enjoyed it.

Even the wives,
who usually won't even sit through these things enjoyed it thoroughly.

Harry T

"I want to compliment you on the superb product you have created here!

"My husband usually kids me about falling asleep during
train videos. (I like them...
I don't know why I fall asleep.)
HOWEVER, this 3751 DVD captured my attention for the entire time---more than 2 hours. Good work!"


"This video is really neat. My three year-old son watched it about 20 times in the first week."
Huntington Beach, CA

"What a fabulous treat your 3751 NRHS video turned out to be.
Thank you so much for your contribution to the enjoyment of our hobby!"

Santa Fe steam locomotive #3751 is captured in
a fascinating documentary of its first mainline trip
in over 50-years!

Big Steam
& Private Varnish

3751 - Private Varnish DVD
If you are a fan of large steam engines, this one is definitely for you.


In the late 1920's, The Sante Fe Railway began tests on their new Northern-type steam engine #3751 between Los Angeles, Arizona, and New Mexico.

So successful were the tests, that it wasn't long before she and her sister engines were seen in daily service all over the Southwest ...right up until the end of the steam era.

Then she was put on static display in a city park.

That could have been "end of story" for 3751. 

It sure seemed so for a long, long time.


But then in the late 1990's, a dedicated team took action.  The San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society began a major project to restore 3751 to the high-speed, mainline passenger engine she was meant to be.  (You'll learn all about it in the film.)

Once restored, it took another three years of meticulous planning to create a situation where 3751 could really show her stuff.  And that occasion was the 62nd annual National Railroad Society convention.

NOTE: All pictures on this page are screen-shots from the DVD's.

3751 at Canyon Rails 2002

Santa Fe Railway's steam locomotive


Not only was 3751 returning to the high iron of the Santa Fe, she was on the point of a 14-car private varnish train.  (Note to newbies:  "Private varnish" is the name given to vintage passenger cars that are privately owned and restored to their original luster.)

Santa Fe #3751 charging across the Southwest

Although this journey across the Southwest took place in 2002, it was the first and (as yet) only contemporary trip where 3751 could show off the glory of her days with the historic Santa Fe Railway.


                                                                         CUSTOMER FEEDBACK (also on the left side bar)                                             

Brilliant DVD's, mate.

Grahame H
South Australia

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" good, I nearly burned my supper! "

William S.
Glendale, Arizona


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Film Details

Big Steam and Private Varnish
introduces you to this mighty Santa Fe steam engine. 3751 was the first of Santa Fe's large Northern-type locomotives...big, powerful, technically advanced, and very fast.

3751 departs station

To someone seeing a big steam locomotive for the first time, 3751 appears to be some kind of rocket (mounted on very big wheels :-)

Featuring scenes from trackside, onboard, pacing, and in the cab, we follow 3751 from departure at Los Angeles Union Station all the way to
Williams, Arizona (the gateway to the Grand Canyon National Park). 

Along the way you'll learn about 3751's development, history, and restoration... while watching her in action.

Hostler crews keep 3751 in top running order 24/7.

Private Varnish Tour: 
3751 is pulling a consist of 14 historic passenger cars from the Golden Age of passenger rail travel. (These are privately owned cars nicknamed "private varnish" by rail fans.)  While touring each one of these vintage cars, the passionate owners share insights about each one.

3751 train with Plaza Santa Fe
(Above is the vista dome passenger car The Plaza Santa Fe)

The Private Varnish cars came from all over the country to be a part of this train.
3751 train's Overland Trail private varnish car

3751 train_Royal Gorge private varnish car
Above are interiors of the exquisitely restored Overland Trail (left) and the Royal Gorge.

Royal Gorge car

WARNING:  Once you tour this rolling museum, you may suddenly develop a real longing for a rail journey.

(You don't need to be a rail fan to enjoy this video.  In fact, it may convert some of your friends into railfans.)


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Steam Giants
On The Colorado Plateau

Steam Giants DVD

During the one time #3751 was in Williams, Arizona, the Grand Canyon Railway had 2 of its own steam engines all fired up and ready to join in the spectacle.

This included former CB&Q #4960 in what has now become (sadly) an extremely rare public appearance.

3751 & 4960 are steamed up and ready for action.
Steam giants 3751 & 4960

#3751 as seen from cab of a Grand Canyon Railway steam engine.

Grand Canyon Railway's engine #18 (a consolidation) meets 3751 in an unexpected yard scene that was once as common as a sunrise.

San Bernadino Railroad Historical Society member takes us on a tour of 3751's cab

3751's crew (members of the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society) take us on a  tour of 3751's remarkable cab.

Discover how this 1927 steam locomotive was restored to function perfectly on a modern railroad system.

3751 guages

Santa Fe #3751 firebox

A highlight of Steam Giants sees 3751 & 4960 double-heading a vintage passenger train to the rim of the Grand Canyon

3751 & 4960 double-heading the "private varnish" train

Included in the production are  scenic, trackside runbys along The Grand Canyon Line... a branch line built over 100 years ago by the Santa Fe Railway.

View from 4960 cab looking back to 3751 as we round a curve near the Canyon.
The fireman's view from the cab of "helper" 4960 looking back on 3751 as we wind our way up to the Grand Canyon.

View from cab of 4960 as 3751 rolls by.
4960 has just completed her task as a "helper engine" for 3751. 
3751 runs around her to go the last mile into the Grand Canyon station. ...just as she and so many Santa Fe engines did in the past.

The first time 3 steam locomotives have been at the Grand Canyon in almost 60 years.
Three steam locomotives (#3751, #4960, and #18) pose in front of the depot at the South Rim....a site not seen for over 60-years.

3751, 4960, & 18 in a triple-header runby
#3751, #4960, & #18 in an amazing display of steam power.


Steam railroad engineers

Throughout both of these films, we are blessed with occasional insights about steam railroading from Phil and George.  These fellas both worked for the Santa Fe Railroad during the last days of steam.  So, they really know what they're talking about from a true historical perspective.  They even ran 3751 back in the days of the Santa Fe.

Phil and George go way back. And when old railroad buddies get together, is there any shortage of rollicking tales?  

We were lucky enough to let the cameras roll when these two started reminiscing.  We put together some of their recollections in a bonus section on the STEAM GIANTS DVD called Railroad Stories. I can't watch it without laughing out loud...and I've seen it countless times.  It's funny, fascinating...and touching.  Don't miss it.

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All this makes for great viewing. There's history and action aplenty to satisfy the young and old.

But, wait....there's more?



#18 at the wye

Engine #18 (seen above) was also apart of this major steam event in Arizona.
Since that time she has moved on and is no longer seen at the Grand Canyon Railway. (Don't worry. She is now a part of another historic railroad operation in Colorado.)

Engineer gives us a tour of #18
Included on the DVD is a tour of #18 where we learn a few of the modifications made to this medium-sized steamer known as a Consolidation.  We'll tag-a-long as she completes her daily chores.

Some added fun for all.

With Much Appreciation
Do these guys look tired to you?
3751 crew members grab a quick nap in the crew car.

This show could have never been produced without the incredible dedication of the San Bernardino Historical Society (owners of 3751) and the 3751 steam crew. One look at the picture above (taken in the crew car) gives you a clear picture of how hard they worked during this steam event.

Scene from video shows 3751 double-heading with 4960.
Much gratitude is also expressed to The Grand Canyon Chapter of the NRHS (National Railroad Historical Society), The Grand Canyon Railway, AMTRAK, and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.

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