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Santa Fe 2019 Calendar

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Chartered just before the Civil War, during the next three decades the tracks of the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe tracks reached from Chicago to Los Angeles. Santa Fe's trains provided the country's most appealing passenger service and for shippers, the most innovative intermodal freight service in America. Santa Fe 2019 features classic steam and diesel locomotives working on the ATSF.

Engines and locations in the 2019 calendar include:

January

Santa Fe 5027 is a 5011 Class 2-10-4 Texas-type locomotive, a “War Baby” built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1944. It is seen here being prepared for another point -helper stint from Belen, New Mexico to the top of the Abo Canyon Grade at Mountainair on June 23, 1957. This was to be its last duty for the Santa Fe. Three of the locomotives in this class were saved and put on display, but 5027 was not among them. It was set aside in September of 1957 and scrapped two years later.

February

Santa Fe was, in a smaller way, into low horsepower diesel locomotives. Here, a 460 Class General Electric 44-ton switcher, one of nine, has been assigned to switching duties at Atchison, Kansas.The 460 was delivered in 1943 and remained on the roster in active service for about 25 years. As freight cars became larger and switching demands continued to increase, there was not much that these little engines were suited to do. So, by 1970, the entire nine-engine class had been sold to assorted small carriers.

March

Santa Fe GP20 3012 is the only unit painted in “merger” colors in this 10-unit conglomeration of powerworking its way up the Tehachapi Grade in Woodford, California on March 30, 1988. There were two reasons that this motive power lash-up might be in service. The accumulated power might actually be needed. The other reason is that this was a “power move.” Maybe only five units were needed, but five more might be needed for a train at Barstow, California, this train’s destination. Either way, the lineup is impressive.

April

Santa Fe 1713 is coming around the horseshoe curve into Caliente, California, at the foot of the Tehachapi Grade with a westbound manifest freight on April 2, 1967. Four big, six-axle EMD SD-45’s are the power consist for this train. The hills are green and the flowers are in bloom, but in another month, everything will be straw-colored and it will be very dry. After all, “caliente” is the Spanish word for “hot.”

May

Santa Fe 543 was not just another switcher. Fairbanks-Morse took a standard Model H-12-44 locomotive—in this case three of them—and added a short hood to house a steam generator. These locomotives, the 541 Class, were used for switching passenger cars at Chicago’s Dearborn Station, where the 543 is working in this May 1959 scene. Steam heat could be used to keep the cars warm, as many would shortly be in active service.

June

The dynamic brakes are whining as Santa Fe 226C (an EMD F7A-F7B-F7B-F7B-F7A set) leads a westbound freight over the Fifth Crossing of Tehachapi Creek on the approach to Woodford, California. It is June 25, 1960.

July

Santa Fe 138 (three EMD GP60M’s) are on the hot westbound #199 train one mile west of Walong, California, at 8:06 a.m. on August 16, 1990. At this time, intermodal trains like this one, running between Chicago, Illinois, and Richmond, California, were the flagships of the fleet, operating on a schedule with guaranteed delivery. Shippers paid a premium for this guarantee.

August

Santa Fe 26C (an EMD F7A-B) leads Train #24, the eastbound Grand Canyon Limited out of Fort Madison, Iowa, onto the Mississippi River Bridge on August 14, 1969. This bridge is almost 3,350 feet long and was built in 1927. It has two levels, the lower one for the railroad and the upper one for automobile traffic. It also has a 525-foot-long swing section that could be opened by a bridge tender for ship traffic.

September

Santa Fe 90 is an Erie-built A-B-A set delivered in June 1947, and the only three Fairbanks-Morse cab units ever owned by Santa Fe. Here, the 90 is at the San Diego, California, depot, awaiting departure with the San Diegan in September 1951. These were good-looking locomotives, but their unreliable performance was an issue that could not be overlooked. Because they were unreliable, Santa Fe used them on second-class trains until they were scrapped in 1963.

October

Loaded down with head-end cars, Santa Fe 67 and four other units are leading eastbound Train #24, the Grand Canyon Limited, through Kingman, Arizona, in September 1967. Santa Fe operated 28 cab units (PA’s) and 16 cabless units (PB’s), all constructed between 1946 and 1948. All were rated at 2,000 horsepower. Owing to the operation of fewer passenger trains, new replacement passenger power, and age, their numbers started to thin in 1967, and by the end of 1968, all had been removed from service.

November

Santa Fe Motorcar M-160, built by Brill and further customized by Santa Fe, is ready to leave Clovis, New Mexico, with Observation Car 3197 in tow on November 11, 1962. This day’s destination will be Carlsbad, New Mexico.

December

Santa Fe 546, a General Electric B40-8W, and two other units are making track speed through the flats two miles west of Sias, New Mexico, with a westbound intermodal train on September 23, 1995. The rainbow is a nice touch.

 

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