|The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway was
one of the oldest and proudest railroads in America, with over a century
of history and tradition. Creating a culture and style all its own
and fostering an admired level of service, the Santa Fe did more than
any other institution to open the Southwest to tourism, all the while
providing necessary transportation services from Chicago to Los Angeles
and San Francisco, Denver to Houston. Merged into the BNSF system in 1995, the
tradition lives on. The Santa Fe is not gone, it merely lives on
in a different form.
Many books have been written on the Santa Fe's
history, and many websites cover it extensively, so I won't attempt that
here. Rather, I would like to share a few images from the last years of
Santa Fe history, before it transitioned into the larger BNSF Railroad.
Here is my humble offering of Santa Fe
photos, most gathered in the last couple of years prior to the merger,
along with a number of "heritage" shots taken after that time.