Category Archives: Santa Fe Super Chief

Fast Trains of the ’30s and Earlier

The list above is from the Lucius Beebe book High Iron published in 1938. These 1930s records are a sad commentary on the lack of development of high-speed rail in the U.S. I couldn’t resist reproducing the photo below, also from High … Continue reading

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Santa Fe “Travel the Chief Way” brochure, 1960

Santa Fe didn’t produce lavish brochures for each of its streamliners, as Union Pacific did. Instead, Santa Fe published one color brochure for its Hi Level El Capitan and the brochure, shown below, which covers all of its trains. The … Continue reading

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Chicago to LA streamliners in 1949: Super Chief, Chief, El Capitan, City of LA, Golden State

Train service changed continually, so we can talk only about a moment in time. Travel back with me to June 1949. There were far less people in the world than there are today, and less had money to travel, and, … Continue reading

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Santa Fe Super Chief dining car, sleeping car rooms

Two photos above and two below from Santa Fe’s brochure, “Travel the Chief Way.” The Turquoise Room, second below, a dining room for private parties, was located on the lower level of the “pleasure dome” lounge car, which always ran … Continue reading

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Super Chief “Welcome Aboard” brochure

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Super Chief observation Navajo and bar in lounge Acoma, 1937

Both Santa Fe Railway photos are reproduced here from the beautiful Classic American Streamliners, Mike Schafer and Joe Welsh. There are many good books on specific streamliners but Classic American Streamliners has an impressive collection of  photographs, some new to my eyes, although the two … Continue reading

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Super Chief, Dearborn Station, Chicago

By the years (1960s) that I saw the train coming through Pomona, California, the observation was gone, although the lighted drumhead remained on the rear. In summer and during the Christmas season, the train regularly carried 8 sleepers, the pleasure dome lounge, and … Continue reading

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