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 …

The last Atchison & Nebraska caboose

  The Atchison & Nebraska was a short line railroad that ran north from Atchison, Kansas to a junction with the Chicago Burlington & Quincy railroad in Rulo, Nebraska. Originally built between 1869 and 1872, the road ran from Atchison to Lincoln, Nebraska. Following a flood on the Missouri River …