Santa Fe RDC on the Reading
En route from Philadelphia’s Budd Co. to its owner, Santa Fe Railway Rail Diesel Car DC-192 is added to the rear of the Reading’s Harrisburg Special at RDG’s Outer Station in Reading, Pa., in May 1952. At right, a Reading G-3 Pacific stands with another passenger train.
George W. Gerhart photo
It’s the end of the line for the tardy Grand Canyon Limited as passengers offload and the crew prepare for clean up on track 12 at Los Angeles Union Station.
May 19, 2012
ATSF 3751 with the Grand Canyon Limited begins the climb up Ash Hill on the final day back to Los Angeles.
May 19, 2012
Santa Fe Grand Canyon Limited heads north out of Parker, Arizona as it crosses over the Colorado River, and the Arizona/California border.
May 19, 2012
The neon sign of the California Zephyr “Silver Solarium” begins to illuminate the rear end of the Grand Canyon Limited as the sun sets on a warm and long Arizona day.
May 18, 2012
Only 3 miles out of Cadiz, ATSF 3751 sets off with the Grand Canyon Limited into a desert sunset at a blistering 15 MPH. It would be a long night for the train crew and their passengers on the slow road to Parker, AZ.
May 14, 2012
Canyon Limited enroute to the Grand Canyon
August 19, 2002
A southbound Amtrak “San Joaquin” gets an assist from BNSF. 3036 is ex-ATSF 3806.
August 02, 2000
Amtrak’s Train 4 Southwest Limited derailed on a curve at Lawrence, Kansas due to high speed on Oct. 2, 1979. SDP40F 504 was at AT&SF’s Argentine, Kansas diesel shop awaiting disposition on Feb. 16, 1980.
When Amtrak took over (most of) America’s passenger rail operations in May 1971, they had to make due with a hodge-podge of diesels, mainly E-units, built in the 1940s and 1950s that were, to put it kindly, getting a bit tired. New power was ordered from EMD – a new model, the SDP40F – which began arriving just about two years after Amtrak’s inaugural day. The first of these 500-class engines entered service on the former Santa Fe trains – notably, trains #3 and #4, the Chicago to Los Angeles Super Chief. With a built date of July 1973, Amtrak 508 is seen at Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal on July 9th, 1973 after having brought in that morning’s #3. These engines were basically passenger versions of EMD’s popular SD40-2, in a cowl carbody (reminiscent of EMD’s FP45) and including two steam generators and, because they were to operate nationwide, two types (Buckeye and Snyder) of fuel fillers. (On an adjacent track can be seen a bit of a Santa Fe F7A, which were still powering Amtrak’s L.A. to San Diego San Diegans, and which were still owned by Santa Fe and leased to Amtrak. Within a very short time, SDP40Fs would replace these classic Fs as well.)