Iron Horses of the Santa Fe Trail is a definitive history, in fact and photographs, of the motive power of the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe RR. The AT&SF is considered one of America’s great railroads. The book contains hundreds of pictures of each class of steam, gas electric and diesel engines used by the Santa Fe and its predecessor roads from 1879 to 1965. The purpose of this book is to provide a well -rounded compilation of data and illustrations that will delight the historian, book collector and rail fan.
Iron Horses of the Santa Fe Trail attempts to represent every class of Santa Fe Locomotive by providing at least one photograph and diagram of those locomotives. The book is divided in to four sections. Prior to the sections are pages listing the predecessor railroads, steam locomotive classes and a he first section discusses the development of steam power and has sections devoted to the different configurations of steam locomotives. The first section is dedicated to steam locomotives. The table of contents lists the different locomotive configurations. The second section talks about the motor cars that were used by the Santa Fe for branches. The Doodle Bug diesel car, the Budd cars and the M-190 streamliners are all illustrated. The third section is a discussion of diesel power. Freight, Switchers, Passenger, transfer switchers and Road switchers are some of the classes of diesel locomotives in this book. The last section is full of diagrams of the locomotive of the Santa Fe Railroad. Included in this section are diagrams of tenders.
Iron Horses of the Santa Fe Trail has 128 pages of diagrams (engineering drawings) with the vital statistics for each class of engine in the book. There is a roster of each class of locomotive. If you are a fan of locomotives and/or the Santa Fe railroad, this book is a must for your library.
The dust cover is missing but the book is in very good shape.