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Named passenger trains of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway

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(PD) Photo: Unknown
The San Diegan, led by a pair of back-to-back ALCO PA units, reaches the end of the line at San Diego's Union Station on October 26, 1963.

The named passenger trains of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (AT&SF) included some fifty (50) regularly scheduled excursions operated by the company at various times throughout its existence. Named trains were often identified on the Santa Fe via illuminated "drumhead" signs mounted to the end of observation cars. Occasionally, "special" trains (not included in the railroad's regular revenue service lineup) were chartered to make high-profile runs over the company's trackage, usually for publicity purposes.

Notable named passenger trains

© Photo: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
A post-rebuild locomotive #1L, along with cabless unit #50A and an "E"-unit booster (center) lead the Chicagoan near Red Rock, Oklahoma in 1938.
(CC) Photo: Lawrence and David Barera
The Santa Fe's Grand Canyon Limited, led by EMD F7 #39C, stops at Joliet, Illinois in August 1963.
© Photo: Otto Perry
Train No. 9, the Navajo, leaves Raton, New Mexico on April 9, 1939.
© Photo: Otto Perry
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway's Train No. 1, the Scout, heads out of Belen, New Mexico on April 6, 1940.
© Photo: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
The San Francisco Chief travels through New Mexico with an EMD F7 in the lead. This train operated between Oakland (not actually San Francisco) and Chicago from June 6, 1954 to May 1, 1971, the date Amtrak began operation.
(PD) Diagram: William Henry Jackson
A map depicting thhrough car lines along the "Grand Canyon Route" of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, circa 1901.

California Limited



El Capitan

Golden Gate

Grand Canyon Limited

Kansas Cityan


Overland Limited

San Diegan

San Francisco Chief

  • The San Francisco Chief operated between the cities of San Francisco, California and Chicago, Illinois from June 6, 1954 to April 30, 1971. It was the last new streamliner introduced by the Santa Fe, the first direct service offered between Chicago and the Bay Area, the only direct service offered between those two locations over the tracks of a single railroad, and at 2,555 miles (4,112 km) the longest single service offered by a railroad in the United States which did not utilize another railroad's tracks.

Santa Fe de-Luxe


Super Chief

Valley Flyer