Trains Album of Photographs #12 Santa Fe Railway Spiral Bound 1945

Trains Album of Photographs #12 Santa Fe Railway Spiral Bound 1945

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Trains Album of Photographs #12 Santa Fe Railway Spiral Bound 1945
Trains Album of Photographs #12 Santa Fe Railway Spiral Bound 1945 20 single side pages of photos.  Measures approx. 10 X 14 inches.  
In mileage the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe is the continent's fourth largest railroad, surpassed only by the two Canadian roads and by the Southern Pacific. In revenues it is fifth largest, and on the stock market Atchison is one of the blue chip symbols of the railroad business.
The little Kansas railroad which was started by Cyrus Holliday at Topeka in 1868 now has 13,500 miles of line and is the only railroad running from Chicago into California on its own rails. One of the western terminals is San Francisco, reached in 1900 when Edward P. Ripley, one of the country's great railroaders, was founding the Santa Fe tradition of good management. The others are Los Angeles, original terminal, and San Diego. The lines from Southern and Northern California join at Barstow into one highly developed main stem extending east across Arizona and New Mexico to Dalies, where the road again splits into two main lines. The route of the principal passenger trains runs northeastward from here through Albuquerque, Glorietta, and Raton passes, and a corner of Colorado, into the Arkansas Valley, where the Super Chief and El Capitan average better than 80 miles an hour through the land of wheat. The other line, used by most freight trains, cuts across the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma, rejoining at Newton, Kan.
The most spectacular railroading on the Santa Fe is at Raton and Cajon passes. The former is on the old Santa Fe trail, trade route to the Southwest for nearly 400 years. Here westbound Santa Fe trains tackle a 3.5 per cent grade, with three engines often barking in unison to lift a passenger train over the summit. Cajon Pass is in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles. Through it the Santa Fe, and by trackage rights the Union Pacific, climbs from the Los Angeles plain to the Mojave Desert. The ruling grade is eastbound, 2.2 per cent. A separate and older track carries westbound trains down the hill on a 3.4 per cent descent.
Originally the road was built west from Kansas, but in 1887 William B. Strong, the great builder of most of the road, extended the line into Chicago and this stem is now the Kansas City-Chicago short line. The eastern terminus is in venerable Darborn Station, used by more railroads than any other Chicago terminal. Here one may see the famed stainless-steel, Diesel-powered feature trains, favorites of the movie stars, standing alongside other trains of conventional equipment pulled by Baldwin-built Hudsons with box car-huge tenders. El Capitan is the only all-coach streamliner between Chicago and Los Angeles, the Super Chief is the only all-Pullman streamliner, and the Chief is the fastest daily train between these points.
In recent years millions of dollars have gone into line and equipment improvements to make of the entire Santa Fe main line a veritable super railroad. All new mainline rail is of 131 pound section, and curves and grades have been reduced to create a speed potential of better than 100 miles an hour. New second track has been laid at strategic locations, passing tracks have been extended, and hundreds of miles of centralized traffic control installed to speed train movements. Almost 300 new steam and Diesel locomotives have been added just in the last few years, and in the desert country where water is expensive and fuel oil cheap the Santa Fe has made history as the first large railroad to completely Dieselize its freight service over a long stretch of main line, the 459 miles between Winslow, Ariz., and Barstow, Calif.
The photos in this book can do better than words at describing a railroad which is as individualistic as the great Southwest through which it runs, but even pictures fall short of something which can only be felt as you watch the vast traffic of the railroad at some desert division point or ride one of its trains into the splendor of sunrise over Glorietta Pass.

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