Sunday, February 15, 2009

Heartland Rails: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

The post from Viewliner Limited contributor Ray Peacock will be a regular feature on Sunday's and will showcase Ray's great railroad photography. (To visit Heartland Rails just click on the banner.)

  • The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway was one of the larger railroads in the United States. The company was first chartered in February 1859.

  • Ever the innovator, Santa Fe was one of the pioneers in intermodal freight service, an enterprise that (at one time) included a tugboat fleet and an airline, the short lived Santa Fe Skyway.

  • A bus line allowed the company to extend passenger transportation service to areas not accessible by rail, and ferry boats on the San Francisco Bay allowed travellers to complete their westward journeys all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

  • The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway officially ceased operations on December 31, 1996 when it merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway.

    Rock Creek Junction, Kansas City, Missouri, February 19, 1995 - (ATSF 575) Popping out of the morning shadows, an eastbound hotshot on the flyover at Rock Creek Junction heads towards the Marceline sub.

    ATSF Chillicothe sub MP 168, Knoxville, Illinois, March 31, 1995 - (ATSF 511) We can only dream of what Santa Fe passenger trains may have looked like in the modern era. This is a special for Trailer Train execs.

    ATSF Chillicothe sub MP 168, Knoxville, Illinois, March 31, 1995 - (ATSF 511) A companion shot to the picture above, Santa Fe ran this train at the behest of TrailerTrain Co., thus the TTX drumhead.

    ATSF Chillicothe sub MP 133, Chillicothe, Illinois, July 15, 1995 - (ATSF 526) With about 60 days left before becoming a fallen flag the Santa Fe 199 shooter squeals around Houlihan's Curve.

    ATSF Raton sub 3rd District, CaƱoncito, New Mexico, September 19, 1995 - (ATSF 620) Santa Fe RR in the setting sun of New Mexico. Within hours the sun will set on the Santa Fe forever.

    Keith said...

    Your blog always make me wish I could hop on a train and go somewhere.

    Major Pepperidge said...

    Like most people I prefer steam locomotives, but this diesel is pretty neat, I've always loved the paint design especially.

    Ray Peacock said...

    Thanks Guys, and the paint scheme you mention was the most recognized paint scheme ever applied to a locomotive. It enjoyed a revival after the red and silver was retired by the Santa Fe in 1971 at the end of passenger service (and the beginning of Amtrak) in favor of "freight" blue and gold. ATSF President Mike Haverty authorized the "warbonnet" to once again be applied to a special fleet of locos in 1990, it was a nice touch akin to a supernova that shines brightest just before it goes out, as the ATSF did in the mid 90s.


    Richard Harrison said...

    Richard and Ray - that diesel, as you mentioned, was not only the most recognized scheme but, growing up, I thought *all* locomotives looked like this.

    Thanks for the post, Ray!

    All the best,

    walterworld said...

    Back in the 70's, I had 'N' gauge model locomotives in both the silver/red and blue/gold schemes.

    A destinctive and recognizable look indeed.

    Thanks for a great look back---