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.
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