Santa Fe

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, often abbreviated as Santa Fe, was one of the nation’s largest railways. It was one of the three large mainline railroads that served Southern California, along with competitors Union Pacific and Southern Pacific. Originally chartered in 1859, the railroad reached Southern California in 1883 when its subsidiary California Southern Railroad began construction of a line between Barstow and San Diego, challenging Southern Pacific’s monopoly on rail access. The Museum’s main line and the restored Perris depot are located on the right-of-way of this original California Southern Railroad line.

The Santa Fe was perhaps most famous for its long-distance passenger trains. The railroad’s  famed Super Chief  streamliner between Chicago and Los Angeles was known as “the Train of the Stars”. The Museum preserves the last passenger locomotive purchased by the Santa Fe, FP-45 locomotive 98. Built in 1963, it wore the railroad’s famed Warbonnet paint scheme, perhaps the most famous railroad paint scheme of all time. The Santa Fe railroad was ultimately merged into the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad in 1995.

Other Santa Fe pieces in the collection include some 25 passenger and freight cars from the railroad’s heyday, including an 1875 wooden passenger coach that once operated on the old Cal Southern mainline that passed through Perris, as well as Railway Post Office Car 60, built in 1924.

Roster of Santa Fe Equipment
Preserved at OERM

Freight Cars
No. Type Builder Built - Retired Construction Notes
1421 Caboose ACF 1923 wood
1761 Caboose ACF 1929 steel
176695 Gondola PStd 1943 composite
21028 Refrigerator Car ACF 1920 steel ice bunker
25480 Stock Car ATSF 1923 composite Two numbers on car as...
49131 Box Car Pullman 1912 Wood
600175 Box Car 1964 steel double door
8875 Refrigerator Car ACF 1911 - 1940 wood ice bunker
918 Drover's Caboose ATSF 1929 wood
999020 Caboose ACF 1930 steel
999076 Caboose ACF 1931 steel
Locomotives
No. Type Builder Built - Retired Construction Notes
560 H12-44 F-M 1957 later MPI 100
98 FP-45 EMD 1967
Passenger Cars
No. Type Builder Built - Retired Construction Notes
1999 Horse-Express PC&M 1930 steel 24 stalls
2055 Baggage-RPO PC&M 1930 steel
2419 Baggage-Coach Ohio Falls 1879 wood body only
2543 Baggage-Coach ACF 1910 steel orig motor car M-104
2602 Baggage-Coach Pullman 1923 steel
3010 Chair Car PC&M 1927 steel
3209 Parlor-Obs Pullman 1910 composite from MOW service
60 Postal Car PC&M 1924 - 1967 steel
Work Cars
No. Type Builder Built - Retired Construction Notes
189783 Fuel & Water Car ATSF 1939 steel
190548 Wheel Car ATSF 1947 wood
193673 Foreman's Car ATSF 1932 wood
749 Flat Car 1955 steel Mother car for Burro...


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