Archived Trains Photos

Photos of trains are probably the most dramatic railroad images.  The Santa Fe, crossing the western portion of the U.S., had a wide range of scenery for photographers. Some locations had dramatic backdrops while others were less interesting.  The Society’s two archives have a large collection of train photos that provide extensive coverage of the history of the railroad and also provide good geographic coverage.  Below are a small sample of the Archives’ holdings of passenger, freight, mixed, switch jobs, and work trains.

Passenger Trains.  Prior to 1960, passenger trains were the most photographed trains.  Santa Fe long-distance passenger trains were first class all the way with luxurious extra fare limiteds catering to a passenger’s every need.  At the same time, photographers captured even the more mundane local passenger trains.  All these trains contributed to the Sant Fe’s reputation for superb passenger service.

Manhattan, Alma & Burlingame 2 (4-4-0) is on a Leavenworth, Topeka & Southwestern train at Santa Fe depot in Leavenworth, Kansas, circa 1890. The Santa Fe and Union Pacific jointly owned both railroads, and the LT&SW occasionally used MA&B power.  Photographer unknown.
ATSF 108 (4-4-0) on a short, local passenger train meets a Galveston-Houston Electric Railway interurban on the newly built Galveston causeway circa 1912.  Photographer unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 1453 (4-4-2) is probably on No. 26 Kansas City Express at Topeka on May 28, 1935. Photographer unknown.
ATSF 3406 (3400 class 4-6-2) leads a double-headed passenger train, circa 1944.  Photographer unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 3460 (class engine 4-6-4) pulls No. 28 The Antelope at Tecumseh, Kansas, circa 1948. After being bumped from the higest priority passenger trains by diesels, the 3460 class hauled secondary trains like The Antelope and the Oil Flyer.  Photographer unknown.
ATSF 2, 2A (E1AB) are pulling No. 18 the Super Chief at Nelson, Arizona, circa 1941.  D. L. Ingersoll photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 166 (Passenger FTABBA) is on No. 8 Fast Mail Express at Newton, Kansas, on March 23, 1947.  Gene Sabin photo.
ATSF 11 (E3AB) is on No. 5 The Ranger at Topeka on October 18, 1947.  Ray Hilner photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 1 Cyrus K. Holliday (2-8-0) is on display at Wichita Union Station for an open house at the Great Plains Transportatin Museum on July 15, 1962.  Lee Clerico photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 552 (balanced compound 4-4-2) is on a passenger train, possibly No.10 Atlantic Express at Topeka circa 1910.  C. A. Webb photo, Lee Clerico collection, Temple Archives.
ATSF 3456, 3755 (3450 class 4-6-4, 3751 class 4-8-4) on No. 2 The Scout at Wellington, Kansas, in 1948.  Don Ferguson photo, Lee Clerico collection, Temple Archives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 3420 (4-6-2) on No. 20 The Chief downgrade on Edelstein Hill on July 24, 1942.  Note the unique Santa Fe logos on the tender.  Paul Stringham photo, Lee Clerico collection,  Temple Archives.
ATSF 3755 (3751 class 4-8-4) on The Scout at Nelson, Arizona, circa 1941. D. L. Ingersoll, Lee Clerico collection, Temple Archives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 19 (F3ABBA) probably on No. 8 Fast Mail Express at Hutchinson, Hutchinson, on April 6, 1947.  Gene Sabin photo,  Lee Clerico collection,  Temple Archives.
ATSF Train No. 3 unnamed mail train at Mayfield, Kansas, in 1966.  Lee Clerico photo,  Temple Archives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 1017 (1014 class 2-6-2 with 79-inch drivers) is on a passenger train at Newton circa 1901. The 1014 class were not normally assigned to Middle Division passenger trains so it is possible that this was a test or a break in run.  Lee Clerico collection,  Temple Archives.
ATSf 3400, 3401 (3400 class 4-6-2) on No. 1 The Scout probably just south of Topeka circa 1944.  Lee Clerico collection,  Temple Archives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 3762 (3751 class 4-8-4) is pulling the Second No. 1, a Main (military) train probably departing Topeka in 1942.  Lee Clerico collection,  Temple Archives.
ATSF 550 (4-4-2) is substituting for the usual motor car on No. 57 St. Joseph to Topeka local after just crossing the Kaw River at Topeka on November 13, 1948 with RPO-Baggage car 2084 and chair car 3314.  Ray Hilner photo, Lee Clerico collection,  Temple Archives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An E8m leads No. 12 The Chicgoan past the Burlingame depot in June 1953.  Frank Kelley photo, Lee Clerico collection,  Temple Archives.
ATSF 5996 (FP45) + 2 on a 1982 directors special at Newton, Kansas, on May 22, 1982.  Michael Provine photo, Lee Clerico collection,  Temple Archives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freight Trains.  While passenger trains are the glamour start of railroad photography, freight trains are the unsung heroes of railroading.  Through World War II, freight trains delivered most of the goods for every town and city on the system.  Here is a sample of Santa Fe freight trains from long distance through freight trains to local peddler way freight trains.

ATSF 551 (4-4-2) is on a local freight train at Topeka on June 10, 1939.  High drivered Atlantics were rare on freight trains.  Ray Hilner photo.
ATSF 1829 (2-6-2) is working a way freight train at Topeka on May 23, 1941.   Ray Hilner photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 2912 (4-8-4) departs Turner at the west end of Argentine Yard with a westbound red ball freight on October 8, 1944.  R. F. Collins photo.
ATSF 3192 (2-8-2 with Worthington feedwater heater) near Chicago with freight on March 31, 1941.  J. R. Quinn photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 3807 (3800 class 2-10-2) is on a freight train at Augusta, Kansas, on May 11, 1947.  Gene Sabin photo.
ATSF 2912 (4-8-4) is leading a freight west of Wellington, Kansas, in 1955.  Unknown photographer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 152 (FTABB) is leading an eastbound freight by Tower B near El Dorado, Kansas, on March 8, 1953.  Gene Sabin photo.
ATSF 2838, 2716 (both GP7) are westbound, probably on No. 69, at Great Bend, Kansas, circa 1965.  Lee Clerico photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 1975 (2-8-0) is pulling a freight train probably somewhere on the Panhandle Division circa 1950.  Don Ferguson photo, Lee Clerico collection,  Temple Archives.
ATSF 2549 (2-8-0) is on a way freight at Topeka on August 10, 1947, probably Nos. 61 or 62 that ran between Argentine and Topeka.  Ray Hilner photo, Lee Clerico collection,  Temple Archives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 4114 (2-8-4) is on a local freight train on Wakarusa Hill, south of Wakarusa, Kansas, in 1953.  The 4100 class 2-8-4s were not normally used on this district.  Lee Clerico collection,  Temple Archives.
ATSF 209C (F7ABBA) on westbound freight at Winfield, Kansas, in summer 1963.  Lee Clerico photo, Temple Archives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 1202 + 3 (GP30, SD24, RSD15, GP35) on a freight train at Wellington, Kansas, in 1967.  Lee Clerico photo, Temple Archives.
ATSF 8113 (C30-7) + 3 are pulling an intermodal train with a test car behind the power south of Waynoka, Oklahoma, on January 22, 1981.  Lee Clerico photo, Temple Archives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 3278 (2-8-2) a probably on the Illinois Division, circa 1941. Note the 3400 class Pacific with 20,000 gallon tender dead in train.  Lee Clerico collection, Temple Archives.
ATSF 1028 (2-6-2) pulls X 1028 West past the Wakarusa Depot in June 1953.  Frank Kelley photo.  Lee Clerico collection, Temple Archives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 276 (FF7ABBB) is on a westbound freight, Probably No. 45 at Hutchinson circa 1965.  Lee Clerico photo, Temple Archives.
ATSF 1251 (GP30) + 3 on freight train at Wellington, Kansas, circa 1967.  Edward M. Fein photo, Lee Clerico collection, Temple Archives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 6370 (B23-7) + 5 on L-MI-01 eastbound on the former MoP main at Lindsborg, Kansas, on May 26, 1986.  Michael Provine photo, Lee Clerico collection,  Temple Archives.
ATSF 8013 (C30-7) + 3 are pulling an eastbound coal train at Lebo, Kansas, on March 7, 1982.  Michael Provine photo, Lee Clerico collection,  Temple Archives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixed Trains, Work Trains, and Switching.  These less glamorous but essential operations are the least photographed of all Santa Fe operations.  Yet they have a fascination  all their own.  Mixed trains are usually found on branch lines.  Work trains usually have interesting consists.  Switch engines making up and breaking down trains in yards, both large and small, are essential to the movement of passengers and freight.  Here is a small sample from the Clerico collection at the Temple Archives.

ATSF 1009 (2-6-2) is on the Wichita District Mixed on Octobe 12, 1946, at Kingman, Kansas.  Gene Sabin photo.
ATSF 1081 (2-6-2) is on the Medicine Lodge District Mixed at Medicine Lodge, Kansas, in May 1952. William O. Gibson photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 3013 (H16-44) and combine are on the Burlington District Mixed at Gridley, Kansas, the end of the line. The Topeka Chapter NRHS rode the train on October 11, 1952.  Ray Hilner photo.
ATSF 2057 (0-6-0) is switching in Topeka on June 7, 1941.  Ray Hilner photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 2241 (VO1000) and transfer caboose ATSF 1340 are assigned to transfer duties at Kansas City, Missouri, on June 1, 1947.  Ray Hilner photo.
ATSF 2544 (2-8-0) is pulling a work train, including Jordan Spreader 199231, at Topeka on October 21, 1947.  Ray Hilner photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 1086 (2-6-2) is pulling what is probably the No. 67 Wichita District Mixed to Pratt out of Wichita in September 1953.  Ed Johnson photo, Lee Clerico collection, Temple Archives.
ATSF 2814 (GP7) and combine 2413 are at the Attica, Kansas, depot with mixed train 69 or 70 the Attica-Belvedere Mixed in 1966.  Lee Clerico photo, Temple Archives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATSF 836 (0-8-0) is switching in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 27, 1948.  Ray Hilner photo.  Lee Clerico collection, Temple Archives.
ATSF 2104 (RSD4) is switching Argentine Yard circa 1955.  Ray Hilner photo.  Lee Clerico collection, Temple Archives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffeyville at the end of the branch privided enough traffic to the Santa Fe that a switcher was assigned. On August 13, 1939 0-6-0 ATSF 2086 was switching the Coffeyville yards.
ATSF 3625, 3513, 999732 (GP39-2, GP38, CE-8) are tied up at Medicine Lodge, Kansas, on October 10, 1982.  Lee cleric photo.