Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Super Chief 1969

Here are some real Santa Fe Railroad photographic gems. In this case you have the combined Super Chief and El Capitan train in Albuquerque, New Mexico in September 1969. In a little more than a year and a half this train and its service would all but dissappear as Amtrak takes over on May 1st, 1971.

These photos, and their description are the courtesy of Martin Matlack and were originally posted on RailPictures.Net. The Albuquerque, New Mexico, Santa Fe train station and Fred Harvey Alvarado Hotel are now gone. Unfortunately! Please read on and enjoy. Thank you Martin, all is very much appreciated.

ATSF F7A #35C rests in the Albuquerque station at the head end of a four-unit set in charge of the eastbound Super Chief / El Capitan. She will get a new crew, fuel, and any other attention required for the next 26 hours to Chicago.

Train travel, 1969. The westbound ATSF Super Chief / El Capitan is in the station for a service stop and crew change; the passengers have 30 minutes to stretch their legs. The dress was a bit more formal in those days. The ticket office and hotel are long gone.

The Super Chief is in! Passengers and visitors gather outside the ticket office at the Albuquerque train station, then part of the historic Alvarado Hotel. The hotel was torn down in 1970, and the station burned in the late 1990's.

Train travel in 1969 was a bit more formal than today, especially in first class on the Super Chief. This gentleman heads for the depot as a trainman climbs aboard the Pullman car to pay it some attention during it's service stop in Albuquerque.

ATSF Special Historical Exhibit Car #5005 sits behind the baggage car on the eastbound Super Chief / EL Capitan.

ATSF train #17, the westbound Super Chief/El Capitan, basks in the afternoon sun as it gets washed during it's service stop in Albuquerque. This is a piece of equipment that is long gone but was very much appreciated by the passengers.


Davelandweb said...

Make train travel fun again - bring back Fred Harvey's Restaurant!

Major Pepperidge said...

I do love that Super Chief ("woo woo!" - anybody?)!