Santa Fe Passenger Trains

by Mike Condren

This is the "Texas Chief" at the Dallas Union Terminal June 13, 1965.

Here we see the "Oil Flyer" at the passenger station at the freight house in Tulsa, OK July 1, 1962.

This is a very early "Super C", not really a passenger train, about to pass under the CB&Q mainline in Galesburg, IL on July 13, 1968.

On the same day in Galesburg, we see the westbound "San Francisco Chief".

The "El Capitan" offered the biggest surprise.
In the vestibule of the last hi-level car was our fellow student and railfan, Paul Welch who worked as a "car attendant" during the summer.

This is the eastbound "Super Chief" on that same Galesburg trip. This time we are around the curve which shows in the earlier going away shots.

On a trip with the Welch brothers on May 2, 1970, we visited Kansas City Union Station where there mother worked in the Santa Fe passenger office. First we see the "San Francisco Chief" arriving from Chicago.
Next, we see the "Grand Canyon" arriving from Chicago.
On a trip with the Welch brothers on May 2, 1970, we visited Kansas City Union Station where there mother worked in the Santa Fe passenger office. On the left we see the westbound "Grand Canyon". Under the shed we see the "Tulsan" which will depart and be see in the next image. The train to the right is the westbound "San Francisco Chief".
Next we see the "San Francisco Chief" leaving for the west coast.
Then, we see the "Grand Canyon" leaving for the west coast.
The "Tulsan" is now seen leaving Kansas City Union Station.

Here we see Amtrak's version of the "Texas Chief southbound in Oklahoma City, OK on June 9, 1973.

Back in Tulsa we see the inbound power of the "Oil Flyer" at the passenger/freight station on Feb. 14, 1967. Nearing completion of my Masters of Science degree in Inorganic Chemistry, I interviewed Conoco. They flew me to Tulsa where I rented a car for the drive to Ponca City, OK. On my return to Tulsa, I dropped by the ATSF for this shot. They made me an offer which took a couple of years after my PhD to match but I was more interested in teaching.

 
 

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