A Photographic Tribute to the
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe
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.