Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (AT&SF) Last revised: April 23, 2023 By: Adam Burns There were railroads and then there was the Santa Fe. At one time the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway was the world's most famous transportation company. In 1948 Fortune magazine named it the Nation's Number One Railroad .
A diesel electric locomotive pulls a train of passenger cars on the Santa Fe, described by Fortune in 1948 as the top U.S. railroad. Getty Images This was a remarkable accomplishment, but...
The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway (AT&SF), more often referred to as the “Santa Fe Railroad,” was first chartered by the Kansas Territorial Legislature in February 1859 and called the Atchison-Topeka Railroad. The Atchison & Topeka Company was organized on February 11 of that year.
On the eastern end, it reached Chicago in 1887, making the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (AT&SF) into a true transcontinental railroad. At this time it also had its eye on Texas.
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway System. Founded in Kansas in 1859 by Cyrus K. Holliday as the Atchison and Topeka Railroad, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway system became one of the largest and most profitable railroads in the Southwest.
History: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (often abbreviated as Santa Fe) had its humble beginnings in 1860, originally organized to connect Atchison and Topeka, Kansas with Santa Fe, New Mexico. The originator of the enterprise was Colonel Cyrus K. Holliday of Kansas, one of the founders of ...
History of the Santa Fe Railway. The Atchison & Topeka Railroad was chartered in 1859 to join the towns of its title and continue southwest toward Santa Fe, New Mexico. “Santa Fe” was added to the corporate name in 1863. Construction started in 1869; by the end of 1872 the railroad extended to the Kansas-Colorado border, opening much of ...
Map Map showing the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fé Railroad system, with its connections.
The Kansas Historical Society houses over 1700 cubic feet of business records of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad (AT&SF). These date from ca. 1860 to 1996. The AT&SF absorbed many smaller rail lines in its history, and the records of these organizations, along with non-railroad subsidiaries, were merged into the records of AT&SF.
The railroad operated by The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company, herein called the Santa Fe, is a standard-gauge steam railroad, located in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California.