Posts Tagged ‘Santa Fe’

Strasburg Acquires Another Diesel

September 24, 2018

The Strasburg Rail Road of Pennsylvania had added another locomotive to its diesel fleet to be used for freight service.

The latest addition is a former Santa Fe SSB-1200, rebuilt from a 1953 EMD SW9 that was most recently used by an industry in Narrows, Virginia.

The unit still wears its Santa Fe dark blue livery and was once AT&SF No. 1235. It was retired from the Santa Fe motive power roster in December 1984.

The Strasburg also a has a former Conrail (nee New York Central) SW8 that is uses for freight service.

The railroad has on occasion used one of three operating steam locomotives to haul freight, but that practice may end now that the Strasburg has another diesel.

Santa Fe Mini-Meet Set in Indianapolis

January 31, 2018

A Santa Fe mini-meet has been set in Indianapolis on March 10 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Allisonville Christian Church, 7701 Allisonville Road.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Advance ticket sales are being handled by Tom Cain, 6383 Dover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46220

The presentation schedule is as follows:

James Brown, Author of the new Santa Fe Illinois Division book: Railroad (and Industrial) Archeology: What’s Left of the Santa Fe Along the old First
District of the Illinois Division (Dearborn to Chillicothe)

Micheal Tomei, a modeler of modern Santa Fe locomotives: What’s
all that stuff on the roof?

Paul Nash, a Santa Fe Trainmaster: Santa Fe Operations/My Life as a Train Master

Tom Cain, an Indiana resident who models the Santa Fe: Adding Signals to the Eastern
Illinois Santa Fe layout with JMRI

There will be opportunities to tour area Santa Fe Layouts on Saturday evening.

The Santa Fe is Still Rolling

October 6, 2017

If you watch carefully, you can find heritage freight cars that bear the markings and liveries of fallen flag railroads. Such was the case with this Pre-BNSF covered hopper on Ashtabula, Carson & Jefferson Railroad that was spotted at Carson on Oct. 3, 2017.

Photograph by Jeff  Troutman


Some Railroad Sights From Joliet, Illinois

April 13, 2017

Amtrak 62 is a French Turboliner that Amtrak used out of Chicago in the mid-1970’s. Here she is in front of Joliet Union Station on June 15, 1974.

Rock Island 654 leads three other Rock Island E8s approaching the crossing with the AT&SF on August 18, 1973.

AT&SF 314C was in Joliet on April 14, 1973. By then some passenger units were on freights as well as on Amtrak.

Mike Ondecker had heard about how Joliet, Illinois, was an excellent location to railfan and wanted to railfan it.

Never did I realize it would become a favorite location and a mandatory stop on westward trips.

Here are three photos taken when Mike and I visited Joliet on different occasions.  By this time Mike had stopped taking photos, but thankfully his being employed by the Erie Lackawanna and his knowledge of railfan locations helped each trip be a great experience.

Of course the fact that Mike loved driving and drove all the time gave me more time to try and navigate to the next location as well as check out the scenery for things of interest. We truly got along well.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas