The Santa Fe Railroad streamliner "the Super Chief"
Possibly the 1950s most recognized passenger train was the Super Chief. The yellow emblem on the front of the red and silver train was the pride of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad fleet.
The flagship Santa Fe Super Chief was completely re-equipped in 1951. The world famous* Chicago-Los Angeles train maintained its stellar standard of excellence from its inception in 1936 until its handover to Amtrak in 1971.
* The popular song “On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe” was introduced by Judy Garland in the 1946 film “The Harvey Girls.”
Santa Fe Super Chief
Travel between Chicago and Los Angeles in 1952
featuring All Pullman Sleeping Cars
Livery: red, yellow, black, and stainless steel
40 hours (16 intermediate stops) – 2 overnights
(via Kansas City and Albuquerque)
Train #17 Westbound 7:00pm Departs Chicago’s Dearborn Station
8:45am (2 days later) Arrives Los Angeles Union Station
Train #18 Eastbound 8:00pm Departs Los Angeles Union Station
1:45pm (2 days later) Arrives Chicago’s Dearborn Station
A typical Super Chief streamliner
between 1951 and 1956
consisted of 17 elements:
4 EMD Locomotives: F7A unit, F7B unit, F7B unit, F7A unit;