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1980 -1999 Historic Dates in San Bernardino and The Railroad:


June 3, 1985 - Evyln Wilcox





On June 3, 1985, Evyln Wilcox

 took office as the

First Female Mayor of San Bernardino.







March 31, 1986 - Santa Fe Museum Train


(Photo courtesy of Craig Walker)


*  The above photograph shows ATSF 2394, Santa Fe's only Alco RS-1, switching in San Bernardino's B Yard on January 26, 1974.  In 1986, the engine became part of the Santa Fe Museum Train.

*  This engine was one of nine diesel engines and three steam locomotives (0-4-0 #5 'Little Buttercup', 4-8-4 #2925 and 2-10-4 #5021) that Santa Fe had stored in Albuquerque with the intention of building a railroad museum.

*  The museum never materialized and instead the engines were donated to the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.

*  On March 31, 1986, the Santa Fe Museum Train with twelve historic engines departed New Mexico for California.

*  As of December 2014, San Bernardino's switcher, #2394, was in the California State Railroad Museum's Shop undergoing restoration.

*  The Sep. - Oct. 2014 issue of the Santa Fe Western Archives Newsletter contains several photographs of the historic Santa Fe Museum Train of 1986 and Jeff Staggs discusses the fate of the historic engines.

Click here to view an update on the status of the engines of the Santa Fe Museum Train.


January 1, 1988 - San Bernardino's Last Float

*  For eleven years in a row the City of San Bernardino had an entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

*  1988 was the last year the City had a float in the Parade; it was titled, "Sharing the Joy of the Holidays".



September 22, 1990 - Route 66 Rendezvous

Click here to view 25 years of posters from San Bernardino's Route 66 Rendezvous.


October 26, 1992 - Metrolink Begins

Shown above is a Metrolink Hyundai-Rotem Train Car            Metrolink Begins Operation 

On Tuesday, October 26, 1992 the first Metrolink trains began simultaneous operation on three lines:  

*  Ventura Line: Moorpark to L. A. Union Station

*  Santa Clarita Line: Santa Clarita to L. A. Union Station

*  San Bernardino Line: Pomona to L. A. Union Station

Regular service from San Bernardino to Los Angeles would begin in the spring of 1993.


January 27, 1993 - First Metrolink in San Bernardino

(Photo courtesy of Craig Walker)
On January 27, 1993, Metrolink 865 (F59PH) arrived in San Bernardino with a test train to determine run times from Los Angeles to this Inland Empire City.  This was the first time that a Metrolink train was in San Bernardino.

Back on Tuesday, October 26, 1992, the first Metrolink trains began simultaneous operation on three lines:  Ventura, Santa Clarita and San Bernardino.  In reality, on that date the San Bernardino line only extended from Los Angeles Union Station to Pomona.

Regular service from San Bernardino to Los Angeles would not begin until May 17, 1993. The schedule included three morning trains, leaving at 5:25, 5:55 and 6:38 for Los Angeles and three trains leaving L. A. for San Bernardino at 4:35, 5:20 and 5:45.

On May 17, 1993, over 5,000 people rode the trains, maybe because the trips were free. However, by August of that year, the Metrolink system was handling 8,000 passengers a day, with San Bernardino ridership averaging over 3,000 a day, by far the busiest of the four Metro lines.

January 1, 1997 - Restored 1890 Hose Wagon

San Bernardino Fire Department's 1890 Hose Wagon is waiting to begin its participation in one of the Tournament of Roses Parade (SBH&PS)

*  The 1890 horse-drawn hose wagon was built by Allen Iron Works, located at 368 Third Street.

*  It was used by the San Bernardino Fire Department until the 1920s when it was replaced by a motorized vehicle and the wagon was sold by the City. 

*  In 1982 the hose wagon was discovered to be at the County Museum and was in very poor shape.  A restoration project was begun but faltered and the parts were put into storage.

*  In 1996, the wagon was moved to the Pioneer Fire Museum in San Bernardino where the restoration was completed.  Vic Fisher, a skilled craftsman, spearheaded the restoration project.

*  On January 1, 1997, the restored 1890 Hose Wagon made its first appearance in the Tournament of Roses Parade.  Since then it has appeared in seven more Rose Parades.

*  The 1890 Hose Wagon is owned by the San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society (SBH&PS) and is on display in the San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum.

Click here for a pictorial history of San Bernardino's participation in the Tournament of Roses Parades.


March 2, 1998 - Judith Valles




On March 2, 1998Judith Valles

 became the

First Latina Mayor of San Bernardino.