Oct 20, 2022
The Missionary, 1933
If loaded - I can smell the train from here!
"When it comes to the designs of Diesel power, however, most rail enthusiasts, and especially the photographic-minded among them, are baffled and saddened. There is nothing significant of action in the passing of the Denver Zephyr except an envoi in the form of a cloud of dust and the corpse of an occasional chicken immolated on the altar of speed, and nothing so cheers the traditionalist as the spectacle of the Super Chief being assisted up the hillsides by one of the Santa Fe's Northerns, all guts and exhibitionism and smoke, for all the world like a 1910 Pope-Hartford trailing shamefully home behind a team of plow horses. There is a wonder and a beauty to the City of Los Angeles but there is not motion and there is not the stirring thunder of exhaust."-- Lucius Beebe
The second car is Pullman's first streamlined sleeper, Forward.
Quick definitions, for those who need them:
a team of plow horses noun: 1910's dual purpose farm tractor and tow truck
1910 Pope-Hartford noun:
4-8-4 Northerns, #2914 and #2925 near Wagon Mound, NM in June 1950. #2925 is preserved and is currently stored near the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, CA. Tom Harley photo.
The ten year old 3751 Class underwent an impressive rebuild in 1938, gaining new cast frames and trading their 73" spokes for 80" discs.
The C&S (a Burlington subsidiary) had trackage rights over the D&RGW. The Santa Fe had an operating agreement with the Rio Grande on that same stretch, so the Burlington had de facto rights over portions of the Santa Fe between Denver and Pueblo.
It's 1925 and C&S #1, the Colorado Special (the forerunner of the Texas Zephyr), is getting some help from one of the Santa Fe's many Prairies. Which is making the Burlington's Pacific look kind of small...
She lied about her age all her life. She was built in 1913.
I posted this image in one of my Railimages albums back in 2012. I had no information on it other than it was an E1. acptulsa commented that it was "The very early days of the San Diegan."
Did I say that? Hope you didn't believe me.
8 and 9 inaugurated the Kansas Cityan and Chicagoan. They did go west soon after, when they got replaced by Amos and Andy, a funny looking pug-nosed pair numbered one and ten.
Their next assignment was inaugurating the Golden Gate. That station does resemble San Diego, but other stations do too. Upon further investigation, I think I disproved myself. This is the Santa Fe Fresno station, on the route of the Golden Gate.
Another likely suspect on that route.
So I might have lied...
That said, those engines did get around. 85, seen on the Golden Gate in the fifties, was originally number 7, which inaugurated the San Diegan in the thirties.
Thanks for clearing that up.
From the photos you provided it looks to be Stockton. The chimney is right next to the "cupola" on top of the roof as well as other details.
Where's a Memory Hole when you need one?
Am I the only one who likes the 3500 Class much better than the 1337 Class, even though pretty much the only difference is where they mounted the headlight?
A little something for the Alco fans.
SFRL 1597 Combination Ventilator & Refrigerator Car. Taken at AC&F’s Chicago shops in January 1902. Although not stenciled, this is a Santa Fe Class Rr-K car. The Santa Fe Refrigerator Line was organized as a subsidiary company on March 1, 1892. All refrigerator cars of the system were assigned to this organization. The Santa Fe also had a separate subsidiary known as the Santa Fe Fruit & Refrigerator line. The existence of the two similar companies within the Santa Fe apparently was a scheme to aid in the clandestine pooling of fruit traffic between these two companies and the Producers' Fruit Dispatch Company. Photo courtesy of Raymond Breyer.
@acptulsa, I like 'em both!
I never said I didn't like the 1337 Class. But like Chelsea Clinton, they might look just the least bit better from behind...
The south half of this building, on the right, was constructed in 1913 to serve as a central passenger station for Galveston’s railway system and to house the general offices of the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railroad, a wholly owned subsidiary of the ATSF. In 1932 the 11-story tower and 8-story north wing, on the left were added, incorporating elements of the art deco style. In 1964 the Galveston office of the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railroad closed when it was fully absorbed into the Santa Fe system. The Houston-Galveston leg of the Texas Chief was discontinued three years later. A single PA pulled the train shown at this unknown date for the Galveston leg.
Before there was Auto Train, there was...
Train 116 leaves Dallas. Its four cars will be added to number 16, the Texas Chief, at Gainesville. Many fine trains touted the convenience of their suburban station stops; for Dallas that suburb was White Rock.