Rebuilding the Santa Fe This is a collaborative project by the Society, its members, and Santa Fe modelers to “rebuild” the Santa Fe in model form! The goal of this initiative is to represent each class of Santa Fe locomotive, rolling stock, and many of its structures. We welcome all to review the modeling work of Santa Fe fans and to recapture the feel for the diverse mix of locomotives, cars and equipment that made the Santa Fe distinctive! Where locomotives and rolling stock underwent iterations in paint scheme, we will endeavor to show each one as modelers submit their work to us. !
The photos are organized by steam locomotive wheel type, then class; diesel locomotive manufacturer class, then number series; passenger equipment by type; rolling stock by class; and structures alphabetically by location or type. Click on the image for a larger view that also allows you to eliminate the caption. Enjoy!
ATSF Diesel #1A
ATSF Diesel #1A, known as "Amos." Santa Fe's first passenger diesel. Delivered by Electro-Motive Corporation in 1935. This photo shows it in its later Warbonnet livery after rebuilding. The model is a Hallmark brass import, photo by Bob Walz. Ho scale
ATSF VO 1000 #2214
ATSF VO 1000 #2214 was built by Baldwin in 1939. Here it is shown in its original "zebra strip" scheme with tall stacks. Modeler unknown; SFRH&MS photo.
ATSF E1 #2
ATSF #1A #2. Built by EMC in June 1937. Delivered to Santa Fe in red and silver warbonnet. Renumbered to 2L and rebuilt as an E8Am in September 1952. Renumbered as 80L in February 1953. Traded to EMD in 1970 for GP38. Steve Anderson model of post-1940 and pre-1952 period. SFRH&MS photo. HO scale.
ATSF E1A #4
ATSF E1A #4 was built by EMC in 1938 and was one of the first locomotives delivered to the Santa Fe in famous red and silver Warbonnet scheme. The unit was designed for the Santa Fe's streamlined passenger fleet and gave a sought after marketing boost. It is a Broadway limited model, photo by Bob Walz. HO Scale
ATSF E1B #4
The "B" unit associated with ATSF E1A #4. Also built in 1938 by EMC. It is a Broadway Limited model, photo by Bob Walz. HO scale.
ATSF E6A #15
ATSF E6A #15 was built by EMC in 1940-1941. It was one of the first from EMC's new facility in LaGrange, Illinois plant. Santa Fe purchased 7 units, 4 cabs and 3 boosters. These units served on premiere passenger trains. It is a Broadway Limited model, photo by Bob Walz. HO scale.
ATSF E6B #15
ATSF E6B #15 is the booster unit associated with E6A cab unit #15. Santa Fe purchased 3 of these booster units in 1938. It is a Broadway Limited model, photo by Bob Walz. HO scale.
ATSF FT #118LA
ATSF FT #118LA were built by Electro-Motive Corporation from 1940-1945 in LABC sets. Here #118LA wears the "cigar band" paint scheme that replaced the earlier "cat whisker" scheme. This scheme was used for freight locomotives after about 1950. It is a Stewart model, photo by Bob Walz. HO scale.
ATSF 44-tonner #468
ATSF 44-tonner #468 is a model of a light switcher built by GE between 1942 and 1944. Santa Fe had 9. This shows the engine in its second, "zebra strip" paint scheme. It is a Bachman Spectrum model, photo by Bob Walz. HO scale
ATSF F3A/B #16LA
ATSF F3A/B #16LA was part of a massive order of 92 F3s ordered in 1946-1949. F3A/B #16LA, which was actually part of a four unit set #16LABC, was delivered in red and silver passenger Warbonnet scheme. It is Walthers Proto 2000 model, photo by Bob Walz. HO scale.
ATSF F3 #31LABC
ATSF F3 #31LABC. Built by EMD October 1948/January 1949 as an F3A/F3B combination. Delivered to ATSF shortly thereafter in red and silver short warbonnet with horizontal slit grilles, low db fans, and stainless steel panels. Vertical slit stainless steel grilles added sometime after 1949. This model shown in red and silver warbonnet scheme. This model received a Certificate of Technical Merit for Motive Power in 2017. Model by Harlan Boyce, SFRH&MS photo.
ATSF F7A #37L
Built EMD January 1949. Delivered to ATSF September 1949 in silver and red warbonnet for passenger service. Rebuilt before June 22, 1954.
Wrecked April 1964. Traded to EMD for credit, probably in 1965. Challenger Brass model, factory paint red and silver warbonnet. Detailed for early 1950s before rebuild. Photo by Gary Green.
ATSF "Erie-Built" #90L
ATSF #90L was built by Fairbanks-Morse and delivered to the Santa Fe in 1947. The unit typically ran as an LAB set and was sometimes paired with an Alco PA/PB. The unit was retired after 16 years. It is a Life Like Proto 1000 model, photo by Bob Walz. HO scale.
ATSF Eric-Built #90A
This is the "B" unit from the Erie-Built #90LAB set. The Santa Fe obtained one of these units in 1947. It ran for 16 years. It is a Life Like Proto 1000 model, photo by Bob Walz. HO scale.
ATSF F7A #315L Yellowbonnet
ATSF F7A #315 in its later "yellowbonnet" scheme. The 300 series F7s were delivered in LABC groups for passenger service in the red and silver Warbonnet scheme. The yellowbonnet scheme was adopted when these units were placed in the Amtrak lease pool after 1971. It is an Athearn model with added details, photo by Bob Walz. HO scale.
ATSF S4 #1528
ATSF S4 #1528 is a 1000 horsepower switcher delivered by Alco in 1952. It is shown in its initial zebra strip paint scheme. It is a Bachman model, photo by Bob Walz. HO scale.
ATSF RSD-7 #605
ATSF RSD-7 #605, shown here in zebra stripes, was built in N scale from a modified C-628/630 Atlas frame and trucks, added a 3D printed shell and etchings from ATSF N Scale Models, DCC Tsunami decoder with a speaker in the dummy trailing unit, MTL couplers. Model and photo by Dirk Jan Blikkendaal.
ATSF RSD-15 #814
ATSF RSD-15 #814, known as an "Alligator" for its long nose. Shown here in early zebra stripes. This N scale model was built from a modified C-628/630 Atlas frame and trucks, a 3D printed shell and etchings from ATSF N Scale Models, a DCC Tsunami decode and sugar cube speakers with MTL couplers. Model and photo by Dirk Jan Blikkendaal.
ATSF GP20 #1107
ATSF GP20 #1107 was built by EMD in 1960 as one of 75 engines in the 1100 class. This model represents the "as delivered" blue and yellow bookend scheme. This class was renumbered three times and ended in the blue and yellow Warbonnet. It is a Life Like Proto 2000 model, photo by Bob Walz. HO scale.
ATSF GP50 #3811
ATSF GP50 #3811. Built by EMD February 1981. Delivered to Santa Fe in blue and yellow warbonnet with an RCE receiver unit. Renumbered to BNSF 3164 on June 24, 1998. Model by Master Santa Fe Modeler Charles Slater showing 1981 to 1998 appearance. HO scale.
ATSF SDF40-2 #5265
Ex-Amtrak 649, obtained by ATSF in September 1984. Rebuilt as a ATSF SDF40-2, renumbered 5265 and repainted to blue and yellow warbonnet in April 1985. Renumbered to BNSF 6974 March 10, 1998 and retired May 2002. Model by Sammy Carlile. It received a Certificate of Technical Merit for Motive Power in 2017.
ATSF U25B #1610
ATSF U25B #1610 was built by General Electric in 1963. The Santa Fe had 16 of these engines. Here it appears in its as delivered blue and yellow book end scheme. It is Stewart model with added details, photo by Bob Walz. HO scale
ATSF SF30B #6419
Ex-U23B 6332, wrecked, rebuilt as SF30B, renumbered second 7200 and repainted in blue and yellow warbonnet July 1987 at Cleburne.
Renumbered 6419 after October 1988. Renumbered BNSF 4276 January 29, 2000 (rostered by BNSF as a B23-7). Model by Sammy Carlile in SF30B appearance post October 1988. It received a Certificate of Technical Merit in 2017.
ATSF F7A #332L
ATSF F7A #332L was one of 462 units owned by the Santa Fe. It was originally delivered by EMD in 1951 in the red and silver warbonnet scheme. It was repainted in 1972 to the "bluebonnet" scheme. This model shows the post-1972 appearance. It is an Athearn Genesis model, photo by Bob Walz. HO scale.
ATSF BW40-8 #549
Santa Fe BW40-8 in red and silver Super Fleet scheme. Prototype built by GE and delivered in October 1990. It is a Walthers model with added details, photo by Bob Walz. HO scale.
If you have an image of one or more of your models that you would like to share as part of this project, please upload a digital jpg image file of each model (at least 1 MB size) and in a separate Word document or email a description of what is represented (for example, locomotive class and number, rolling stock class and number, structure location), the model manufacturer, if any, and the approximate date represented, plus the name of the modeler and photographer. The image files and Word document should be uploaded to
https://www.dropbox.com/request/TzIAEG5EdOT70RFyyVtN. Emails should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. All submitted materials are considered donated to the Society with the right to use them in promoting the modeling of the Santa Fe.
Thank you for contributing!