The Santa Fe over the years had become a
class act in transportation service, and this was no different with its Super Chief
passenger trains which regularly cruised at speeds reaching 90 mph
between Chicago and LA covering the distance in around 40 hours (because
of its excellent service its no wonder the railroad had many well known
figures using its trains, all the way until the Amtrak takeover in
1971). The Super Chief would also have a number of other similar trains like it (such as the Texas Chief and San Francisco Chief) including its sister train the El Capitan.
|Santa Fe F7A #40L leads an A-B-A-B-B-A consist of covered wagons leading the Chief through the diamonds at Joliet, Illinois on August 23, 1964.|
Much of the railroad’s success throughout its existence was a result of
its willingness to embrace new technologies and strive for excellence.
Several “firsts” the railroad is credited with include autoracks, a term
describing a railroad car built specifically with two or three levels
to haul automobiles, and the innovative TOFC or piggyback service
(trailer-on-flat-car). As the intermodal revolution took root in the 1980s Santa Fe
was quick to jump on board and quickly was perfecting the service,
something which carries on today with the BNSF Railway running train
after train of containers, literally back-to-back between Chicago and
Diesel Locomotive Roster
The American Locomotive Company
|PA||51C, 51L-62L, 64L-78L||1946-1948||28|
The Baldwin Locomotive Works
|It often seems like everything about the Santa Fe was popular, even its steam fleet. Here is AT&SF 4-6-4 #3452 taking on water at Topeka, Kansas on March 10, 1941.|
|Erie-Built (A)||90L, 90B||1947||2|
Electro-Motive Corporation/Electro-Motive Division
|Another view of a Santa Fe Hudson, #3457, shows the steamer pausing with its train at Dodge City, Kansas on October 23, 1931 loading passengers at the depot.|
|E6B||12A, 13A, 15A||1939-1941||3|
|E8A||2, 4-5, 82, 84-87||1952-1953||8|
|F3A||16L-36L, 16C-36C, 37L-47L, 37C-47C||1946-1952||64|
|F3B||16A-36A, 16B-36B, 37A-47A, 37B-47B||1946-1952||64|
|F7A||37-47, 37C-47C, 200L-280L, 200C-280C, 202-280, 300-316, 336-344, 300L-314L, 325L-344L||1948-1953||324|
|F7B||200A-280A, 200B-280B, 300A-314A, 300B-314B, 325A-344A, 325B-340B||1948-1953||228|
|Restored Santa Fe 4-8-4 #3751 only occasionally is out on excursion duty; the locomotive is seen here as part of the 2002 NRHS Convention rolling through Ludlow, California during the last rays of an early August day that year.|
Steam Locomotive Roster
|789, 2439, 2442||Consolidation||2-8-0|
|882, 3100, 3129, 3160, 4000||Mikado||2-8-2|
|2900, 3751, 3765, 3776||Northern||4-8-4|
|1200, 1226, 3400, 3500, 3600||Pacific||4-6-2|
|900, 985, 1600, 3020, 3290, 3291, 3800||Santa Fe||2-10-2|
|5000, 5001, 5011||Texas||2-10-4|
Notable Passenger Trains
The Chief: (Chicago - Los Angeles)
El Capitan: (Chicago - Los Angeles)
Grand Canyon: (Chicago - Los Angeles)
The Scout: (Chicago - Los Angeles)
San Francisco Chief: (Chicago - Amarillo - San Francisco)
Texas Chief: (Chicago - Houston - Galveston)
San Diegan: (Los Angeles - San Diego)
Super Chief: (Chicago - Los Angeles)
Tulsan: (Kansas City - Tulsa)
Chicagoan/Kansas Cityan: (Dallas - Kansas City - Chicago)
Golden Gate: (Los Angeles - San Francisco)
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|A classic Santa Fe steel caboose, #999816, tags along at the end of a westbound freight rolling through Joliet, Illinois on the evening of June 25, 1991.|
The mid-1990s would finally see this famous railroad’s name come
to an end as it agreed in 1994 to merge with northwestern giant,
Burlington Northern, to form the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway,
who recently changed its name to simply the BNSF Railway. Now gone is
the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and its famous Warbonnet
livery although its legend will forever live on in the products bearing
its name and famous paint scheme, including gifts and models.
Few other railroads, and institutions for that matter, are so recognized
and respected as the AT&SF. Its star status can be compared to
that of many of today’s
Hollywood stars, rich and famous. While the name is gone the Super Chief carries on with Amtrak (as the Southwest Chief)
and interestingly many have questioned the BNSF Railway about bringing
back the Warbonnet livery and applying the famous paint scheme to its
locomotives once more.
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Other Classic Railroads Of The West And Midwest
Burlington, "Way Of The Zephyrs"
Rio Grande, "Main Line Thru The Rockies"
Colorado & Southern
WP, "Feather River Route"
C&NW, "Route Of The '400'"
Rock Island, "Route Of The Rockets"
GN, "Route Of The Empire Builder"
NP, "Main Street Of The Northwest"
GB&W, "The Green Bay Route"
IC, "The Main Line Of Mid-America"
IT, "The Road Of Personalized Services"
IHB, "Connects With All Chicago Railroads"
CMStP&P, "Route Of The Hiawathas"
Monon, "The Hoosier Line"
Nickel Plate, "High Speed Service"
"Ship Soo To And Through The Upper Midwest"
St. Louis Southwestern
M&StL, "The Peoria Gateway"
The Missabe Road
MoPac, "Route Of The Eagles"
CGW, "The Corn Belt Route"
DW&P, "Delivered With Pride"
KCS, "Route Of The Southern Belle"
Wabash, "Follow The Flag"
St. Louis-San Francisco Railway
EP&SW, "The Southwestern Route"
SP, "Route Of The Daylights"
UP, "We Will Deliver"