Chartered just before the Civil War, during the next three decades the tracks of the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe 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 Railway 2020 features classic steam and diesel locomotives working on the ATSF.
Engines and named trains pictured include:
• Santa Fe 11 (EMD E3A-E8B-E6B) is making a station stop with an eastbound passenger train at the Lawrence, KS depot on the day after Christmas in 1955. 11 was put in service in 1939 as Santa Fe's only E3A and was not retired until 1968.
• Santa Fe 3848, a Class 3800 2-10-2 oil-burning Santa Fe Type, is waiting to be serviced at the large San Bernardino, CA roundhouse in October 1949. 3848 is one of 140 of this design, built between 1919 and 1927. 3848 went into service in 1921 and was set aside in 1952. Some of these engines were coal burners and some were oil. They used a variety of trailing trucks and appliances, as well as tenders of different sizes depending on the kind of service in which they would be used. These were hard-working freight locomotives. At the end of steam, however, not even one of them was donated or saved.
• Santa Fe 257-C (F7A-F7B-F7B-F7A) is on a westbound freight passing the large Monolith Portland Company cement plant at Monolith, CA, three miles east of Tehachapi, CA in March 1959. At one time, the cement company operated a five-mile-long narrow-gauge mine railroad to deliver limestone to the plant used in the manufacture of cement. In 1973 trucks replaced the narrow-gauge line.
• Santa Fe 680 (an all General Electric show: C44-9W, C440-8W and C44-9W) is threading an eastbound double stack through Abo Canyon, NM, crossing the fourth of seven bridges three miles west of Scholle, NM on April 20, 1986. The single-track line seen here was double tracked through the six-mile-long canyon several years ago. There aren't many pictures of the new double-tracked line; security is tight and no one is allowed in.
• Santa Fe 3309 (an EMD GP-35 and eight other units, an all EMD consist) have a heavy manifest freight in tow as they start through Woodford, CA on May 22, 1983. The unrelenting southbound grade was (still is) 2%, with one curve after another. All this power would be needed, and at this time, there might well be a manned two-or three-unit helper set cut in toward the rear of the train.
• Santa Fe 1852, a Class 1800, 2-6-2 oil-burning Prairie-type locomotive, is pulling cars out of a siding at Littleton, CO on July 30, 1952. 1852 is one of 88 locomotives in this class, all built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1906 and 1907. These locomotives were used in branch line and transfer service, and sometimes in helper service. Three of these locomotives were donated for display at Slaton, TX; Lamar, CO; and Newton, KS. Unfortunately, 1852 was not one of them.
• Santa Fe 5026, a 5011 class 2-10-4 oil-burning Texas-type, is resting between trips at Columbus, OH in July 1956. This locomotive, built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1944, was leased to the Pennsylvania Railroad on April 27, 1956 and was returned to Santa Fe on November 28, 1956. It was removed from the roster and scrapped in 1959.
• Santa Fe 162 (an EMD FTA-FTB-FTB-FTA set) is just out of Dearborn Station, Chicago, IL with the westbound Grand Canyon Limited in August 1946. As soon as newer EMD F3s started service with Santa Fe, the FT's were shifted to freight service.
• Santa Fe 3905, a 3800 Class 2-10-2 oil-burning Santa Fe-type built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1926, is seen here leaving Palmer Lake, CO with a southbound freight. Santa Fe operated 140 of this class, designed for lugging heavy freight. They were swept away in the diesel revolution during the mid-1950's. All were removed from service by the end of 1955, and none of them was saved.
• Santa Fe 5081 (two SD40-2's, a GP35 and another SD40-2, an all EMD consist) clatters through the siding at North Guam, NM with an eastbound manifest freight on October 9, 1997. North Guam is located about 25 miles east of Gallup, NM. This is the Red Cliffs area, which was featured prominently in Santa Fe's passenger train advertising during the 1930s and 1940s. Amtrak still operates a Southwest Chief through this area, one train each way each day, although the westbound passage is almost always at night.
• Santa Fe 101 (EMD FTA-FTB-FTB-FTA) leads a westbound freight through Willow Springs, IL in November 1945. These four 1,350 horsepower units and others like them would trigger the death knell of steam on many railroads, not only the Santa Fe.
• It is December 19, 1995, and Santa Fe 684 and 647 (both General Electric C44-9W's) are on an eastbound double-stack train passing Lily Lake, in Mountain Grove, MO. Mountain Grove is located about 60 miles east of Springfield, MO. Lily Lake is a great place for a picture, though this location never shows up in reproductions.
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