Sunday, October 15, 2023


 It's Steamy Sunday here on the Blog!  On October 7 I was in Abilene helping out at the Heritage Days Festival and the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad was operating it's steam locomotive 3415.  It's a former Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Pacific type locomotive which means it has a 4-6-2 wheel arrangement.  It was operating for it's last weekend before it has to undergo it's 15 year boiler rebuild as required by the FRA.  They thought that last year would be the last but found that the hours had been miscalculated and were able to operate for another year.  Amazingly enough to me, as much as I love trains and the ATSF railroad in particular, I have never ridden behind this engine, I have only photographed it.  I have a video of it HERE heading out for it's first of 2 runs and coming back from the second.


  1. Sounds like a project for to you to get behind the engine when it comes out of its refit

    1. Yes, I would love to. Wish there was more time in a day.