Santa Fe Railway 2018 Calendar
Chartered in 1863, the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway’s first trains rolled the next year, and the line reached Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1880. By 1929, at its peak, the Santa Fe had over 13,000 miles of track. The Santa Fe Railway 2018 calendar captures images of steam and diesel from across this vast system, so famous it was memorialized in a song that won an Academy Award. Do you hear that whistle down the line?
Published by Tide-mark, the 2018 Santa Fe Railway wall calendar opens to 13.75 x 20.5 inches.
Engines and trains featured in the 2018 edition include:
Santa Fe 3429, a 3400 Class Heavy Pacific (4-6-2) built in 1921 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, is on the point of Train #2, the eastbound “Scout” coming through Willow Springs, Illinois in January 1945.
Running eastbound through the snow, Santa Fe 5588 (Power consist is an SD-45, a GP-35, a GP-30 and an SD-24, all compliments of Electromotive) is bringing an eastbound freight up Cajon Pass, a mile or so west of Summit, California in February of 1979.
Painted in the ill-fated Santa Fe-Southern Pacific paint scheme, Santa Fe 2772 and five other smaller units are on a westbound manifest freight at Bealville, California on March 27, 1987. It is Spring in the Tehachapi Mountains and the landscape is a verdant green. However, in a month or so, it will undergo a transformation and the landscape will take on an arid brown appearance. The tunnel entrance on the hill in the background is the east portal at Cliff, about two and a half miles east of 2772’s location.
Santa Fe 357 (Three General Electric U28CG’s) is leading Train #15, the westbound “Texas Chief” at Fort Worth, Texas on September 5, 1966. Santa Fe purchased ten of these locomotives for their passenger service, but when Amtrak took over passenger service on May 1, 1971, they were modified for freight service and repainted into freight colors and reassigned numbers 7900 through 7909.
Santa Fe 11, an E3A built by EMD in 1939, and two E6B’s are westbound with train #11, “The Kansas Cityan” rolling through Argentine, Kansas in June 1963. This was the only E3A ever built.
In the late 1930’s, Santa Fe 1369, a Class 1337 Light Pacific (4-6-2) along with identical Engine 1376, were semi-streamlined and painted for the “Valley Flyer”, a passenger train that was operated between Bakersfield and Oakland, California. Each train had a four car matching consist. But the “Valley Flyer” did not last long. Wartime regulations saw the equipment, including the locomotives returned to a more conservative operation. Regardless, here is an exceptionally rare view of 1369 being serviced at Bakersfield, California in June 1940.
Santa Fe 5021, a Class 5011 (2-10-4) is a point helper assisting Diesels on an eastbound freight at Scholle, NM on July 1, 1956. 5021 was added at Belen, New Mexico for the Abo Canyon Grade. Here at Scholle, the train has already covered twenty-seven miles. The top of the hill is Mountainair, New Mexico, still another fifteen miles away. At Mountainair, 5021 will come off the train, which will proceed east without a helper. It will be turned and return light to Belen, where it will be serviced and wait to help yet another train east.
Santa Fe M-186, a Gas-Electric Motorcar, was built by a consortium of two companies (Electromotive and St. Louis Car Company) in 1931. Running as Train #13, originating in Chicago, it is seen here at McCook, Illinois on July 22, 1952. Its final destination this day would be Pekin, Illinois. Converted to Diesel power in 1950, it would continue in service until November 1963.
Santa Fe 123 leads three General Electric locomotives on a westbound intermodal train three miles west of Dalies, New Mexico on September 8, 1994.
Santa Fe 3755, a Class 3751 4-8-4 (a Northern), running as a point helper, is leading Road Engine 2846 (An EMD GP-7) on a southbound freight coming through Littleton, Colorado on July 28, 1953. 3755 was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1928 as a coal burner, but eventually all fourteen locomotives in this class were converted to oil burners, and were primarily used in passenger and mail train service. 3755 was sold for scrap in 1956, but one engine in this group, 3759, was donated to and put on display at Kingman, Arizona, where it remains today.
Santa Fe 3841, a 3800 Class 2-10-2, is slogging its way up Cajon Pass near Summit, California with an eastbound manifest freight. Built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1921, many of the engines in this class spent much of their service lives working on Cajon or Raton Pass, or anywhere else where a heavy grade was involved. 3841 would be retired in 1955.
Santa Fe 904 and four other Warbonnet locomotives are coming out of Tunnel #5 at Cliff, California in the Tehachapi Mountains on August 15, 1995. At 1,175 feet long, Tunnel #5 is the longest one on the Tehachapi Line.