Santa Fe Books / Mini Reviews 10-14-2003
From time to time on the Santa Fe Subject list there are
suggestions and recommendations to look up information in available
resource books. Occasionally the response has been that an
individual does not have the book or is unable to buy every resource
book available. I agree we can't all afford to buy every book that
comes along. And with all the new books coming out it becomes even
more challenging to decide what to get and what to defer until you
hit the lottery. If you are becoming a serious modeler you will need
to have some of these reference materials, but there is always going
to be a limit as to what most of us can afford.
I consider myself both a serious modeler and also as one who does
have a limit to what I can afford. I thought that I might do a quick
and dirty review of the books that I have regarding how frequently I
use them and how they are used. I was surprised when I discovered
how many "Santa Fe" books I had and for a minute thought about how
many locomotives that might have purchased, maybe even a brass loco!
But then I also realized how often I have gone to those resources
for a project. I am ready to say that those trips to my books have
all been worthwhile and they have helped me to feel confident in
accurately recreating my "Santa Fe Railroad" rolling stock. Since I
started this list one of my good friends loaned me a few books to
help me fill in some of the holes in my library. Between the two of
us here are quite a few books on the Santa Fe Railroad System. I
have acquired several more books and will attempt to add them to
this list at a later time if it seems helpful to others.
ATSF Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment, Lloyd
E. Stagner. Very popular and easily available book that provides a
wide, but still not complete reference of a lot of Santa Fe rolling
stock. I regularly go to this book to spot modeling details and for
help in painting and decaling models. Much of the rolling stock for
this book was photographed in the 1960's so it misses rolling stock
of the last few decades.
Caboose Cars of the Santa Fe Railway, Frank M. Ellington.
This is a great reference to identify caboose classification series.
It provides some nice drawings and photos of Santa Fe cabooses and
other waycars. There were a lot of different waycars that were to be
found on the end of a train that we often do not think about. Since
I intend to have several stock cars, I now know I will also need to
provide a drover car to support them, which is covered in this
Chard Walker's Cajon, A Pictorial Album, Chard Walker.
Some really super pictures of railroading at Cajon Pass. Includes
Santa Fe, Union Pacific, and Southern Pacific action. Black and
White and Color photos.
The Chief Way, Reference Series, System Standards, Volumes 1 -
4, Kachina Press. There are 4 volumes in this set. If you want
to reproduce Santa Fe structures, grade crossings, and trackage
details these books have everything that you would want to know
about recreating those details. I have been using the blueprints for
a trackside tool shed to design my backyard shed.
Furniture and Automotive Box Cars of the Santa Fe,
Reference Series Volume Three, Richard H. Hendrickson. This book
is laid out in the same manner. It follows this freight car
classification from the beginning in 1887 to 1997. This book should
currently be available through the Santa Fe Railway Historical and
Head End Cars of the Santa Fe, Frank M. Ellington. Another
super reference book with black and white photos, drawings and data
about head end passenger cars. You can use this to confirm that the
Walthers RPO and Baggage car are the right cars! This has also been
reprinted by the SFRH&MS and should be available at the
High Green to Marcelene, Joe McMillan. This is an
absolutely beautiful picture book that provides color views of the
Santa Fe tracks, locomotives, and trains from the 1950's up to 1989.
It follows trackage from Chicago to the Argentine yard in Kansas
City. A really nice book to help you plan the views for a
prototypical model layout.
The Illustrated Guide to Santa Fe HO Brass Steam Locomotive
Models, Stephen Redding and Donald J. Baker. If you are into
buying brass steam locomotives this is a must. I have never
purchased a brass model from e-bay yet, (too pricey), but I would
not think of doing so without referencing this book first. Mr.
Redding has just issued a second edition of this book with color
pictures now and additional information.
Iron Horses of the Santa Fe Trail , E.D. Worley (out of
print). Some consider this the Santa Fe bible of steam locomotives.
It is a 500 + page book with hundreds of black and white photos of
Santa Fe Steam locomotives. It also provides information about dates
of service and dispositions of these locomotives. This book lists
all locomotives of the Santa Fe up to the early 1960's so it also
includes the same information for diesels of the Santa Fe to that
time period. This book occasionally shows up in ebay auctions or
other places where used books might be sold.
The One-Spot Twins, Larry Brasher. A very interesting book
about the first mainline diesel locomotives of the Santa Fe. These
truly unique locomotives do not always get a lot of attention but
this book has lots of photos across the system of these two diesel
locomotives and shows some of the changes and evolution of them
through there 18 years of service starting in 1935. This is one of
the newest books published by the Santa Fe Railway Historical &
Modeling Society. Mr. Brasher's father operated these locomotives so
it is a personal effort.
The Passenger Car Library Volume Five, W. David Randall.
This reference book is all about Santa Fe and Southern Pacific
passenger cars. Black and White photos, car interiors, and floor
Refrigerator Cars of the Santa Fe Railway, Reference
Series Volume Two, Keith Jordan, Richard H. Hendrickson, John B.
Moore, A. Dean Hale. If you plan on building iced reefer cars of the
steam and early diesel eras this is a really useful book. I have
built a half dozen Intermountain and CB&T kits and I have used
this book extensively to detail, paint and letter my small fleet.
This book has lots of black and white photos and a complete roster
of equipment. It is a great example of what a reference book should
be. I'll never give mine away. This book should currently be
available through the Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling
Remembering Santa Fe, Robert P. Olmsted. This relatively
new book by Mr. Olmsted is a collection of his photography of the
Santa Fe to the merger of the AT&SF and the BN. Almost all
photos are Black and White. Mr. Olmsted has captured many
interesting images through the years and shows some interesting
compositions in the photos shown in this book.
Route of the Warbonnets, Joe McMillan. This 176 page book
is full of Black and White photos of Santa Fe trains and operations
of the 1970's. Joe has been taking pictures of Santa Fe Trains for
years and knows some of the best locations and angles to get great
Santa Fe 1940-1971 In Color, Volume 1, Lloyd E. Stagner.
This book precedes the McMillian books with the same theme of
following the Santa Fe from Chicago to Kansas City. This book has
smaller photos but it includes some steam engines. It also focuses
on passenger trains and their locomotives. Great book for finding
photos of steam engines and early diesels.
Santa Fe 1940-1971 In Color, Volume 2, Lloyd E. Stagner.
This book continues from Kansas City to Albuquerque New Mexico.
Loads of more great pictures.
Santa Fe 1940-1971 In Color, Volume 3, Albuquerque to Los
Angeles, Lloyd E. Stagner. . I do not have this book, but I am
sure that it continues the same quality of documentation.
Santa Fe 1940-1971 In Color, Volume 4, Texas - El Capitan,
Lloyd E. Stagner. I do not have this book, but I am sure that it
continues the same quality of documentation.
Santa Fe 1993-1994 Annual, Kevin EuDaly. This is a soft
cover book that provides some interesting articles about subjects of
the Santa Fe Railway, but the most useful part to me has been the
locomotive roster at the back of the book that lists the operating
locomotives and their numbers for the years of 1993-94. A very
useful tool if you want to operate several locomotives of the same
classification and plan on keeping their numbers accurate.
Santa Fe - all the way Volume One, 1940s - 1966, Bill
Marvel. This is 128 pages of color photos that follows the years
indicated in the title. This can be very helpful in pinning down
changes in paint schemes and other prototypical practices through
Santa Fe Boxcars, 1869-1953, Reference Series Volume Four,
John C. Dobyne III. This is a new book, which I just purchased. I
have not really studied or used the book, but it appears to be a
good companion to other reference books sponsored by the Santa Fe
Railway Historical and Modeling Society. This book should currently
be available through the Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling
The Santa Fe Diesel, Vol. 1, Dr. Cinthia Priest. A very
complete book about the first half of Santa Fe diesel locomotives.
Starts with dieselization and goes to 1960. Lots of good color
pictures and good facts including locomotive number series and paint
schemes. Very helpful for detail diesel modeling projects.
The Santa Fe Diesel, Vol. 2, Dr. Cinthia Priest. The
follow up to the above book that continues the Santa Fe diesel
roster to the BNSF merger. If you model modern Santa Fe diesels this
will be a useful book in finding the details to add to your model
Santa Fe Freight in Color, Vol. One - Boxcars, Stephen
Priest and Tom Chenoweth. An extensive color photo documentation
reference complete with Bx information from Bx 6 to Bx 223. Some
series have multiple photos. Very helpful in verifying the right
paint schemes for different cars through the years.
Santa Fe Heritage Volume One, Stephen and Cinthia Priest.
Lots of color photos and historical information on a variety of
historical subjects. Twenty pages of pictures on F units.
Santa Fe Heritage Volume Two, Stephen and Cinthia Priest.
Some awesome pictures of Argentine Yard in Kansas City. Good
pictures of the first two diesels of the Santa Fe, "Amos 'n'
Santa Fe Heritage Volume Three, Stephen and Cinthia
Priest. Photos of structures along the Santa Fe. Early Santa Fe
Truck Trailers. A variety of freight cars. Forty pages of streamline
Santa Fe In The Lone Star State, Steve Allen Goen. Even if
you are not interested in Texas operations you will not be
disappointed with the sheer quantity of color photos in this 144
page book with 2 to 4 pictures on every page. This book has pictures
from 1949 to 1969 which means there are some color photos of steam
locomotives and all of the zebras, blue and yellow, and Warbonnet
locomotives of that era. At the end of the book are pictures of over
70 stations, depots, and other Santa Fe structures of Texas.
Santa Fe In The Mountains, George H. Drury. This book is
128 pages with over a hundred black and white pictures of Santa Fe
trains working the mountain passes of Raton, Cajon, and Tehachapi.
Lots and lots of double headed steam trains. The picture on page 48
of two 2-10-2 locomotives pulling a train with two more steam locos
in the distance pushing the same train is worth the price of the
Santa Fe Listing of Freight Cars by Class and Car Number,
1906-1991, Larry Occhiello. This is an important book for the
prototype modeler, to help in numbering your rolling stock to avoid
duplications and non-existent number series. It lists the cars by
their class designation/number, with the quantity of cars in use by
the year. There is no picture documentation. It is a publication of
the Santa Fe Railway and Historical Modeling Society.
Santa Fe Rails, Vol. 1, Kevin EuDaly. This is a soft cover
follow up to the above mentioned book. It is useful for the same
reason stated above. Lots of good pictures of the Santa Fe and some
in color. It was published in 1996 but provides a roster of the
AT&F just prior to the merger.
Santa Fe Railway Painting and Lettering Guide, Richard H.
Hendrickson. This is one of the most useful books that a
prototypical modeler of the Santa Fe would want to have. It lists
painting and lettering patterns for all rolling stock and most
importantly provides the dates when changes were instituted and how
long those paint schemes generally lasted. It is very complete and
for example includes dates of when "periods" were used in the ATSF
lettering and when the ampersand (&) was dropped. It talks about
slogans and other advertising applied to freight car sides. It is a
publication of the Santa Fe Railway and Historical Modeling
Santa Fe: Steel Rails Through California, Donald Duke and
Stan Kistler. A great source of historical information about
California/Santa Fe railroading and B/W steam photos.
Santa Fe Streamliners, The Chiefs and their Tribesmen,
Karl Zimmermann. A soft cover book that provides lots of black and
white photos of passenger trains and information about the trains
and the passenger cars that were on those trains. If you plan on
modeling passenger trains this would be very helpful.
Santa Fe Trackside with Bill Gibson, Lloyd Stagner. 128
pages of color photos taken by Bill Gibson. The book is laid out
according to motive power starting with 15 pages of steam
locomotives. It also includes the rail diesel cars, first and second
Santa Fe Waycars, Stephen Priest. This book is also a
super reference to caboose modeling. It has loads of color photos
grouped by classification and even the bottom of a wrecked caboose
for underbody details.
Santa Fe to Phoenix, Railroads of Arizona, Volume 5, David
F. Myrick. This is primarily a historical book that traces the
development of the Santa Fe Railroad in Arizona. Much of the book
provides information about the development of the Santa Fe Railroad
and other railroads that became a part of the system or connected to
the Santa Fe. Much of the information and photos represent the time
period of the 1800's. Some amazing photos of old trestle bridges
including the famous Hell's Canyon Bridge.
Son of Doodlebug, A Pictorial Supplement, John B. McCall.
This is a follow up to the original Doodlebugs book (recently
reprinted by the SFRH&MS). This book provides additional
information and more photos of the motor cars of the Santa Fe.
Pictures show these cars from one end of the system to the other.
There is a section at the end on available models of the Doodlebugs
and also information showing timetables of the Doodlebugs. This is
another publication of the Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling
Stock Cars of the Santa Fe Railway, Frank Ellington, John
Berry, Loren Martens. This is one of the earliest of the special
reference series created by the listed authors. It provides lots of
black and white photos and a complete car roster. I have started
building some stock car kits and am regularly going to this book.
This has now been reprinted by the SFRH&MS and should be
available at the conventions.
Trademarks of the Santa Fe, Richard Pelovze. Publisher:
SFRH&MS. I have not used this book much yet for modeling details
but this would be in interesting resource for "dressing up" your
train room to represent the "Golden Era" of railroading.
Warbonnets, from Super Chief to Super Fleet, Dan Pope,
Mark Lynn. An interesting color pictorial that chronologically
follows the red and silver Warbonnet paint scheme.
Wheat Lines and Super Freights, Joe McMillan. More of the
same noted above, but views of the Santa Fe in Kansas, Oklahoma, and
Colorado. The heart of the AT&SF was in this part of the country
and it is extensively covered in this book. Lots of photos of depots
and great scenery behind the trains.
The Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling Society has a number
of reference books including a series of books targeting a specific
classification of rolling stock. There are four volumes in that
series. Volume One is Work Equip Cars. It is not available at
this time and I do not have a copy so I can not comment on it.
At an average of $35.00 per book my 33 books out of the above
cost over $1,100.00. Don't tell my wife! But of course I did not buy
all those books at once. They represent close to 12 years of
acquisition. I have tried to purchase about 3 books a year but there
are times such as in the current years when the books seem to be
coming out at a faster pace. Picking up the books when being
released is usually the cheapest time to buy a book and also insures
that you will be able to acquire the book. Book sales are good
places to find the popular photo books. Morning Sun Publications and
McMillian Publications are also good places to go for new books. The
reference books of the Santa Fe Historical and Modeling Society are
only available through the society. If you want to accurately model
the Santa Fe in a prototypical manner you should join the society.
The Warbonnet journal published quarterly is one of the most
informative and well done publications of any historical society. I
look forward to every issue.
Other resources other than books that I regularly use:
McMillan Santa Fe Calendars
The Warbonnet, Santa Fe Historical and Modeling Society
And books from the library of my good friend Paul Brown who also
helped with these reviews.