Santa Fe El Capitan and Super Chief in New Mexico


A Fred Harvey postcard of El Capitan in Shoemaker Canyon. Click on the image to enlarge it.  In September 1967 I rode from Chicago to Los Angeles on El Capitan, the forerunner of today’s Superliners: 8 hi-level coaches, hi-level diner, and hi-level lounge with skylights, which was the El Cap version of Amtrak’s sightseer lounges. I’ll write more about the trip later, as I scan items onto the blog.

“Streamliner Memories” will be a variable feast of railroads from all over the country. I’ll put materials online as I come to them, going through boxes of timetables, brochures, tickets, menus, post cards, etc., that I’ve collected since the early ’50s, along with older material that has come to me. I’ll also include reproductions of photos from books in my railroad library.

The blog banner, from a Santa Fe photo by R. Collins Bradley, is of the all-sleeping car Super Chief passing Devil’s Footstool in New Mexico. Click on the image to enlarge it.


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