Merry Christmas 2019; a look at early 20th Century Christmas postcards

The early 20th Century was the golden age of postcards in the United States. The colorful cards were an inexpensive way to send greetings to friends near and far. As you might imagine, Christmas was a popular theme for postcards, and many a wish for a Merry Christmas was sent via …

A Tale of Two Gondolas, Part V; The Life & Times of D&RGW 1646

D&RGW 1646 was built in December of 1903 by American Car & Foundry of St. Louis, Missouri. No. 1646 was right about the middle of a group of 400 gondolas, numbered 1500 to 1899 built for the Rio Grande between November 1903 and January 1904. No. 1646 cost the railroad …

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 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 …