Saturday, July 25, 2009

Santa Fe All The Way!

There are no trains more important in my life than Santa Fe Railway trains. The examples below illustrate the beauty and power I see in them. The first picture, dated 1971, tells it all... 14 years earlier, as a 10 year old, I would be on the "Super Chief" heading West.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe - EMD F7 - Dearborn Street Station - Chicago, Illinois, April, 1971 - During the golden years of railroading, Chicago boasted six downtown passenger stations. The oldest was Dearborn Street, opened in 1885. Located at Dearborn and Polk Streets, Amtrak closed the station after it decided to consolidate Chicago operations. On the eve of Amtrak's startup, an unidentified Santa Fe train prepares to depart.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe - EMD F7 - Santa Fe Corwith Yard - Chicago, Illinois, July 07, 1973 - Santa Fe 339 was built as a passenger locomotive in 1953. It was later modified for use in freight service, and received this "Yellow Bonnet" paint variation.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe - EMD F7 - Santa Fe Corwith Yard - Chicago, Illinois, September 15, 1973 - Although a bit tattered after two years in freight service, Santa Fe 313 is shown still wearing what is probably the most famous diesel locomotive image of all. The former passenger hauler was built in March 1953.

LINK: See more great RR photos from Kevin Piper on RailPictures.Net


Richard Harrison said...

The Yellow Bonnet paint scheme sure is nice.

Major Pepperidge said...

Those are beauties, for sure. That last one is interesting; it seems that every photo I've seen shows the locomotives shining with practically new paint. This one has seen some rough service!

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Richard: The Yellow War Bonnet paint scheme was relatively rare. But a beauty.

Major: When the F7 passenger locos went to hauling freight, there wasn't much need for glitz and glitter. Just needed power to move freight.

Cory Gross said...

The importance of the Santa Fe for you is a story I'd like to hear more of!

Ray Peacock said...

The most recognizable paint scheme ever applied to a locomotive, the Warbonnet..revived by Santa Fe President Mike Haverty in the late 1980s/early 90s, to symbolize the premium service on the "super" fleet over the transcon..

There is a great out-of-print book to look for if you can find it on ebay or elsewhere-by Dan Pope and Mark Lynn. Warbonnets
from Super Chief to Super Fleet is the title.

Here is a link that may help:

There was something about the warbonnet that symbolized the railroad like no other logo..


Viewliner Ltd. said...

Cory, I am actually thinking about writing a story of my experiences, when I came to this country. But I am not a good writer. Although when ever a thought comes across I try to write it down. Maybe someday day I will put it all together and send it to you or post it or something, Richard.

Zeus Almighty said...

Just came across your site. What great images. Takes me back to being 5 years old on a trip to New Mexico with my parents. What memories! A relic of a more muscular and more optimistic past.