The Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe

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It’s National Train Day. What wonderful memories I have of trips from San Antonio, Texas into Mexico on the train when I was young. Not on the ATSF, but I think it was the Missouri Pacific.  The train had a change of engines at the border, and I can recall the jostling and bumping as they unhooked the American engine, and hooked up the Mexican locomotive, to continue the journey into Mexico.  It was at least a three-day trip with Pullman cars that had sleeping berths or private compartments that had fold down berths for sleeping, a dining car for meals, but much more fun to buy food from the vendors in the stations of the little towns we stopped at along the way. It was always an adventure.

I found this rail car in a local park just recently

Here’s a groovy little song I remember from way back when http://youtu.be/E7NHWKbQuRw .

About Angeline M

Love travel and photography. Living in Northern California. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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27 Responses to The Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe

  1. TBM says:

    Didn’t know there was a national train day. Love the photos.

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    • Angeline M says:

      Bing is my homepage on my computer; they have wonderful photos each day as the cover page, and this alerted me to Naitonal Train Day. Thanks, glad you like the train photos.

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  2. Imelda says:

    Does Santa Fe still operate? My train-loving sons like their Santa Fe model train. 🙂

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  3. loganbruin says:

    My fave train trip of all time was Copper Canyon in Chihuahua. Never seen such amazing scenery.
    I went to train day last year at Union Station in El Lay; the line to see the trains was over an hour long! Didn’t know there were that many train enthusiasts in all of California!

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    • Angeline M says:

      I have heard so much about the Copper Canyon train trip….another one for the bucket list.
      It would be neat to take Amtrak from San Francisco down to “El Lay” ….is there even a train that goes from NorCal to SoCal? That Grape Vine would be a killer 🙂

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      • loganbruin says:

        Coast Starlight goes from Seattle to El Lay, 36 hours–done that twice. And it follows the coast–hence its name–and doesn’t do the grapevine. ;o)

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      • Angeline M says:

        36 hours is perfect for a train trip, especially along the coast. I didn’t think the grapevine would be involved, haven’t ever seen a train along that route the gazillions times we’ve driven it.

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      • loganbruin says:

        36 hours may be great cooped up in a private cabin with someone you “know,” but in the seats with strangers. . .

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      • Angeline M says:

        Oh come on now, where’s your sense of adventure and mingling with the masses? The screaming kids, the yelling parents, the guy playing loud rap music on his boom box…oh right, I get your point. A private cabin is much better.

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  4. ChgoJohn says:

    I’ve some wonderful train-related memories, Angeline, and hope train travel makes a resurgence here. It certainly is a welcome change form the stress-filled airport terminals & TSA. I’ll have Judy in my head all day. 🙂

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  5. Expat Alien says:

    I took the train to Mexico City when I was six. It was very hot and the air conditioning ended when we crossed the border. :).

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  6. frizztext says:

    another Santa Fe legend:

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  7. Madhu says:

    The romance of train travel is hard to beat. Love the song 🙂

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    • Angeline M says:

      It really is hard to beat! I agree there is a romance to it….but, why? Is it the slow pace? The travel from times passed? Interesting that it has that feel.

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  8. The perfect song too!

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  9. Our small community was a hub for the trains going east and west so we had service from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe and the Burlington Northern. I miss those days when train travel was king.

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    • Angeline M says:

      Travel by train is the best! So relaxing and so neat to see the countryside go by. We’re up in Northern California, and keep meaning to take the train up to Reno. Travel through the Sierra; we need to do that soon! When we lived down in Southern Cal, we took the Pacific Surfliner from Orange County to San Diego….beautiful little trip along the coastline.

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