Trains

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 Santa Fe’s reputation for superb passenger service.

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 glamorous stars 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 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.

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.