Santa Fe 1015 – Emporia’s Steam Locomotive

For over 60 years, former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe steam locomotive No. 1015 has been on display in Emporia, Kansas’s Fremont Park. No. 1015 is displayed parallel to and just a hundred or so feet away from the still-busy Santa Fe (now BNSF) transcontinental Chicago-to-Los Angeles mainline. No. 1015 …

The boxcars of Emporia

Once the most common cars on any railroad, the standard boxcar was also once a very common sight on farms and businesses throughout the country. The bodies of retired cars, especially wooden ones, found ready homes as sheds or outbuildings once their days on the railroad were done. Today, as …

A bit of Atchison Railroad history saved

Like many cities and towns of its size, Atchison, Kansas was once home to s street railway system. Based from their carbarn, located just east of the northeast corner of 10th and Main Streets, the electric power street cars plied the streets of Atchison for many years in the first …

Minor Colorado narrow gauge mystery solved

In his 2002 book “Rio Grande – Chasing the Narrow Gauge”, Colorado Railroad Museum co-founder Robert W. Richardson relates a story about himself and a guest having to spend a night in caboose 0500 as every room in the Narrow Gauge Motel was taken. Richardson and Carl Helfin started the …

The Saga of D&RGW 5654 continued

The last post about 5654 ended with it being tapped as the car to take to the Great Western Stock Show for their 100th anniversary celebration. There was a lot of work to be done to get it ready: Over a few hectic weeks in November 2005, 5654 received new …