Note: Units renumbered by BNSF– even if still mostly in Santa Fe paint– can be found on the BNSF pages.
|SD40-2’s 5022 and 5027 are rolling an eastbound train towards the overpass at Mountainair on 5/07/1994.
These were both delivered in November 1977.
|SD40-2 No. 5059, cresting Abo Summit on 5/07/1994.
Built April 1979.
|F45u No. 5956 and two mates, westbound near Suwanee, NM (5/07/1994)
(F45u’s, also designated as SDF45’s, were rebuilt by the ATSF from F45’s. They were all retired by BNSF by the the end of the 1990’s.)
|F45u No. 5970 on an eastbound BNSF train at Fraser, CO
|F45u No. 5953 is the trailing unit on a westbound autorack train, a few miles west of Abo Summit. Originally built June 1968, it was painted in the SPSF scheme for a while, repainted back to bluebonnet sometime later.|
|SD45-2 No. 5834, pulling the last mile up to Abo Summit on May 12, 1995. (detail from a larger photo)|
|A matched set of SD45-2’s, Nos. 5827, 5864, and 5843, blast eastbound through Sais, NM on 10/11/1997.|
|SD75M No. 242 cresting the summit at Abo on 10/11/1997.|
|GP30u No. 2717 in Flagstaff, April 1994. Santa Fe had a large number of these units. This one had spent some time in SPSF merger paint, before being put back in blue-and-yellow just a few years prior to this photo. That probably explains why it’s much less faded than its GP35 companion to the left.|
|GP50 No. 3843: close-up of the cab as it transits Mountainair on 5/07/1994.|
|GP50 No. 3844, leading two other matching units westbound at the road crossing at Sais (5/06/1994).
Built April 1985.
|GP60 No. 4017, a phase I standard-cab unit, leads three similar units over the top at Abo Summit on May 6, 1994. These blue/yellow geeps were Santa Fe’s last standard-cab 4-axle units. See here for several others, after BNSF renumbering.|
|GP60M No. 104 is the third unit on this fast piggyback train (same as No. 4017 above). I recommend that you NOT walk in railroad cuts such as this; I did not hear the train coming until it was nearly upon me. Of course, in the modern age, the rent-a-cops would probably have you long before you got this close! The GP60B ahead of it might be No. 332; the number does not appear clearly in my photos.|
|GP60M No. 119, hiding in the yard at Winslow on 10/15/2013. Sometimes, you just can’t get to a good vantage. Some of the silver is starting to weather, but at least the red on these units is holding up.|
|GP60M No. 121, photographed in Barstow one evening in the early 1990s. It’s still glossy, and absolutely gorgeous.
Photo courtesy of Clarence Dent.
|GP60M No. 127, photographed in Belen on July 20, 2002. Delivered new to the ATSF in June 1990, it’s just had its twelfth birthday. No. 127 was not patched in any way at that time.|
|GP60M No. 158 is on a westbound freight departing Gallup on 2/21/2011. It was one of three GP60’s of various versions on this train. Delivered September 1990, it’s looking great after over 20 years of service.|
|GP60B No. 333 at Gallup on 1/26/2002. Not repainted or even patched at this point in time. One of 23 cabless GP60s delivered to the ATSF in July and August of 1991.|