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Santa Fe Los Angeles Division by John R. Signor

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The AT&SF Railway and it predecessor companies was active in Southern California for 116 years. Much has been written about the Santa Fe in this region of mountains, dessert and sea, its vast orange groves and perpetual spring. Under the all-encompassing title of Santa Fe's Los Angeles Division, this volume was conceived to augment these works by tracing the long and involved operating history of the Santa Fe Railway as it first helped to create Southern California, then later adapted to cope with its explosive growth. Accompanying the text are over 1000 photographs- 288 in color - timetables and other ephemera, and over 60 maps, many of which are rendered in the author's unique "bird's eye view" style. With Los Angeles as a destination of significance from the beginning, author Signor has been able to draw from a wealth of historic material on the subject, preserved by the railway itself, official repositories, interested employees and other individuals which include photographs, first hand experiences of employees and the day-to-day paperwork that documented how the Santa Fe Railway operated in all its distinctive aspects in Southern California.

ISBN 978-1-933587-30-1

The Join Line: 1880 - 1995, by Robert D. Walz

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On August 1, 1899, the Santa Fe and the Colorado and Southern began operating the Santa Fe's line between Denver and Pueblo in a truly join and integrated fashion. The two complies envisioned that the employees of the line, whether from the ATSF or the C&S would be employees of the new Joint Line. In 1918 the USRA nationalized the nation's railroad and brought another player to the Join Line. The Santa Fe's and Rio Grande's main lines basically paralleled each other between Denver and Pueblo, the USRA forced the two to operate as a single double-track railroad. When the USRA handed the railroads back to private ownership, the ATSF and D&RGW decided to continue to operate the two likes as if they were a single double-track railroad shared with the C&S. From that time until the BNSF merger in 1995 the three involved railroads both cooperated and competed with one another.

Author Robert Walz explores the fascinating history of this cooperation among all three railroads from their beginnings in the Denver and Pueblo markets up to the BNSF merger.

the book is richly illustrated with track charts and over 250 period views (over 80 in color) including the work of Otto Petty as well as contemporary photographers. ISBN: 978-1-933587-29-5

 

Santa Fe Depots: Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway
by Robert E. Pounds and William W. Childers

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This book brings to print the late Robert Pounds' work on the Gulf Lines depots. Published in the same style as his Western Lines Depots book of 1984, it includes sections on Station Name Sources, a basic history of "The GC," Depot Construction & Evolution, Depot Operations & Services, and is then broken into chapters on the Main Line, covering the 1st District of the Galveston Division, 1st and 2nd Districts of the Southern Division, and 1st and 2nd Districts of the Northern Division. The Galveston Division sections covers the Galveston Terminal, Houston, Matagorda, Garwood, Bonus, Hall and Nash Dome Districts and the Texas City Terminal Railway Co. The Southern Division section covers the Lampasas, Sweetwater, San Saba, San Angelo, Paint Rock, Sterling City, Dublin, Menard, and Waco Districts. The Beaumont Division section covers the Somerville, Conroe, San Augustine, Longview, Port Bolivar, Silsbee, Saratoga, Grigsby, Oakdale and Ore City Districts. The Northern Division section covers the Pauls Valley, Dallas, Paris, Sherman, Honey Grove, Weatherford, Cresson, Ringling, Sulphur, Lindsay and Ada Districts.

Library bound, 8 1/2" x 11", 356 pages, 369 photos (26 in color), 41 diagrams, 6 maps, Notes, Bibliography and Index. ISBN: 978-1-933587-28-8.

The Orient: Kansas City, Mexican & Orient Railway
by Robert E. Pounds and John B. McCall

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The dream of promoter Arthur Edward Stilwell, the Kansas City, Mexico & Orient Railway never made it to Kansas City and never made connections with the Oriental trade. Financed without the aide of Wall Street "money trusts," the railroad was constructed in many disconnected sections in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and the states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua in Mexico. Attempts to link the already-built line from the Mexican seaport of Topolobampo, Sinaloa, and the rest of the system were halted by the formidable Sierra Madre and revolutionary activities in Mexico. And in the United States, progress was slow, due to lack of funds. In fact, Stilwell lost control of the railway in 1912 and it was in the hands of receivers more than once. Were it not for the discovery of oil in west Texas in the 'twenties, the KCM&O might not have survived to the Depression. As it was, the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway bought it in 1928, completed some of the lines in Texas, and waited for improving business conditions that never came. Authors Pounds and McCall cover the story of the Orient in rich detail- of the birth, growth tribulations and, finally, the denouement of Arthur Stilwell's grand idea - the Orient Railway - which for over sixty years after remained a quaint, backwater operation of the great Santa Fe Railway system... a railroad that, as the old cowboy said, "didn't start nowheres, didn't end up nowheres and there weren't nothing in between."

Richly illustrated. 344 pages, 11 x8 1/2 library bound, 313 black & white and 39 color photos, 36 maps and diagrams, Index. ISBN 978-1-933587-25-7

Santa Fe's Colorado Division Speedway
by Robert D. Waltz

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On May 17, 1937, the Santa Fe Railway inaugurated a new high-speed diesel-powered luxury train—The Super Chief. It was scheduled to cover the 202 miles between Dodge City, Kansas, and La Junta, Colorado, at an average speed of 87.2 miles per hour. On February 20, 1938, the schedules of virtually all of the passenger trains were speeded up on this stretch of track on the northern passenger mainline, which quickly became known as the “Speedway.”

The Speedway was at various times a major part of a division and at times a division in itself. Author Walz explores the history of how the Santa Fe built through this country, of how it served the towns and industries along its lines and how it operated the railroad from the 1870s through 1996. It includes a town-by-own description of the line with detailed information on terminals like La Junta and Dodge City. But first and foremost, this is a study of the passenger trains—especially in the period from 1938 through 1971—when Santa Fe routinely operated them over the Speedway at some of the highest sustained speeds on the system.

Twenty-five years in the making, the book is richly illustrated with period views, including the work of pioneer action photographer Otto Perry. This, then, is not only a study of the Santa Fe Railway in the high plains of western Kansas and eastern Colorado, but an economic and cultural history of the region as well.

160 pages. 150 photos, 18 in color, maps, timetable reproductions. and bibliography. ISBN 978-1-933587-24-0

Sounds of Santa Fe Steam Locomotives (CD)
by Stan Kistler

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Stan Kistler, in conjunction with the Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling Society, has produced a new sound CD of Santa Fe steam locomotives in action from original recordings made 50 to 60 years ago by Lew Harris, S. Johnson, Stan Kistler, and Ed Ripley. Most sequences were recorded in southern California.

In the 21 tracks on the disk we hear Pacific 1371 on local train No. 54 approach, make a station stop at Arlington and rapidly depart. There are several sequences of 2900 Class 4-8-4s racing through Arlington at high speed. One of my favorite segments, recorded from several blocks away, has two passenger trains passing through Riverside on a summer night in 1950, both with 2900 Class 4-8-4s.

Freight trains are also covered. Consolidation 1964 climbs the Box Springs grade on the San Jacinto branch with an 18-car local freight.  There are several cuts of 3800 Class 2-10-2s working heavy freights. One sequence finds 2-10-2 3876 putting on a show with a 60-car drag freight working up the 1% eastbound grade through Arlington.

Smaller power is not neglected. Mike 3133 switches a local freight at Riverside on January 27, 1950. An extra freight pulls out of San Bernardino with 2-8-2 3230 bound for Los Angeles. In another cut we hear 0-8-0 797 switching cars in San Bernardino “B” yard while Alco S2 2352 works nearby.

There is an interesting sequence recorded at Colton Tower in 1950 where first, Southern Pacific “GS” 4-8-4 4437 gets underway westbound with train No. 5, the Argonaut.  Then Santa Fe mike 4065 pulls up to the home signal and the engineer whistles for the board. The SP train bangs over the doubletrack crossing and heads uphill to Bloomington. When it clears the plant, the towerman lines the route for the Santa Fe 4065 to proceed to San Bernardino. A bit later, 2-10-2 3869 barks up the 1% grade eastbound towards the tower.

While most of the recording were made in 1950, three were included for their historical value from later periods. One, of the Railway Club of Southern California “Farewell to Steam” special, has 4-8-4 3759 starting on the 2.2% eastbound grade leaving Pasadena on February 6, 1955. Another, recorded in the last summer of revenue steam operations on the Santa Fe, has 2-10-4 5025 assisting a four-unit set of 200 Class F7s on an eastbound approaching Mountainair, New Mexico, in August 1957. Finally, restored Santa Fe 4-8-4 3751 works the Tehachapi grade between Bena and Caliente on a passenger special in December 1991.

Santa Fe's Raton Pass
by Jared V. Harper and John R. Signor

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More than 25 years have passes since Jared Harper's pioneer work on Raton Pass was first published. This is a second edition of this important work, not only to bring it up to date, and to take advantage of recent trends in photo restoration and printing technology, but to expand on the original with the considerable amount of material that has come to light on the subject in the intervening years, especially on the coal mining industry that surrounded the pass from the beginning through the middle 1950s.

As the highest point on the vast Santa Fe Railway system, and possessing one of the steepest main line grades in the United States, Raton Pass attracted pioneer railroad photographers like Otto C. Perry, Richard Kindig, Jackson Thode, Les Logue, Clayton Tinkham, Joe Schick, and Preston George who documented the parade of trains over Raton Mountain in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Raton was also noted for operating many more passenger trains and streamliners than freight trains, as an easier grade, via Amarillo, Texas, and Belen, New Mexico, was used by the majority of freight trains. Triple headers of steam engines were not uncommon. Freights usually had three or four engines on each train -- a double header on the front end, and one or two pushers at the rear.

Today the railroad is owned by the State of New Mexico and faces an uncertain future, but the history an operation of Santa Fe's line over "Raton Mountain" remains, and is indeed the stuff that legends are made of.

160 pages, 11x8-1/2 perfect bound, 240 black & white and 10 color photos, 9 timetable reproductions, 21 maps, 17 diagrams, Modeler's Notebook, Bibliography. ISGN 978-1-933587-23-3.

Stan Kistler's Santa Fe in Black and White
by Stan Kistler with John R. Signor

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The Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society is pleased to offer this tribute to Stan Kistler's seven decades of Santa Fe photography. It brings together in the pages of one large-format volume a retrospective of Stan's work, all personally selected by him, and clearly illustrates why the Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society's highest honor bestowed for black and white photography, given at its annual convention, bear's Stan Kistler's name.

180 pages, 11" x 11" 173 images, case bound with dust jacket.

Steel Trails: Chasing Arizona Trains in the 1950s
by J. R. Knoll

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From the copper railroads at Superior, to the rugged grades on Ramsgate Hill outside Prescott, to the tourist sleepers parked at the rim of the Grand Canyon, to the rush of Southern Pacific transcontinental traffic passing through the busy Tucson terminal, Knoll’s black and white pictures capture the trains, the people and the times. A must have for railroad buffs and photo collectors alike.

This book includes photos of the Southern Pacific, Santa Fe, logging and copper railroads.

116 pages, 11" x 8.5", Paperback,

Santa Fe Depots of the Plains, 2nd Edition
by Frank M. Ellington

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We are pleased to offer this expanded second edition of Ellington's long out of print book.

The book features detailed photos and architectural drawings of the Santa Fe depots in Palmer Lake, Colorado; East Ft. Madison and Laura, Illinois; Fort Madison, Iowa, Ada, Alexander, Barnard, Bonner Springs, Burlingame, Cambridge, Climax, Coats, Cummings, Eudora, Garfield, Hunter, Lebo, Lincoln, Mayfield, Morris, Norwich, Oak Hill, Offerle, Olpe, Osborne, Oxford, Pauline, Spearville, Sun City, and Webber, Kansas; Hardin, Norborne, and Wyaconda, Missouri; Rowe, Yeso, and Wagon Mound, New Mexico; Hulah, Medford, Stratford, Oklahoma; and Black, Farmersville, Midlothian, Rule, San Augustine, Texas. It also has numerous other details for the Santa Fe depot modeler.

132 pages, 9 x 16 spiral bound, profusely illustrated with photos and architectural drawings.

The reprint is the same size as the original with additional depots added.

The Doodlebugs
by John B. McCall

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The Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society is proud to offer The Doodlebugs by John B. McCall. First published in 1977, and long out of print, The Doodlebugs has long been sought after by collectors. Reprinted in its entirety with new color scans, The Doodlebugs is an in depth study of Santa Fe's nearly six-decade association with the gas electric motor passenger car. These interesting pieces of equipment, used primarily on Santa Fe's lightly used branch lines, linked small towns with cities. Profusely illustrated, The Doodlebugs tells the story with a rich variety of photos and drawings, many of them rare.

256 pages, 8-1/2 x 11 case bound, profusely illustrated, 26 color pages.

The reprint is the same size as the original. The color photographs have been reshot due to the poor quality of the original color printing. There is no dust jacket, but the color photo appears on the hard cover. Everything else is the same.

Son of Doodlebug
by John B. McCall

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In the years since The Doodlebugs was first published in 1977, John B. McCall has continued to gather material on this interesting Santa Fe subject. Son of Doodlebug is a pictorial supplement to the original work. Hundreds of photographs, some in color, are arranged geographically to show the Bugs in action. A chapter on scale models, maps, timetables, and assignment charts are included.

128 pages, 11x8 1/2 perfect bound, profusely illustrated, 8 color pages.

The One-Spot Twins
by Larry E. Brasher

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Written in large part by a man who lived with, and on, the One-Spot Twins through their entire early Super Chief service, this is also the story of early multiple unit road Diesel development on the Santa Fe as it really happened. Chapters cover: The origins of the Diesel Electric Locomotive, Early Developments at Winton and EMC, The men behind the dream, The One-Spot Twins as built, Early Testing, The First Super Chief, Making the Twins Work - the Maintainers, The Engineers, The lightweight Super Chief, Rebuilding, and later service history. 128 pages perfect bound, profusely illustrated, one color plate, bibliography, and Maintainer's Roster.

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