Railroad Artifact Preservation Society

Railroad Artifact Preservation Society We have a brand new website and blog. Click on our web address below to see it! www.railroadartifactpreservation.org

Planning is under way for the restoration to steam operation of Santa Fe Steam Locomotive 5000, know as "Madame Queen". The Madame Queen is currently on display at S. E. 2nd and Lincoln St. in downtown Amarillo Texas. The locomotive can be visited anytime. Tours are available between 9am and 12 noon on Saturdays weather permitting.

The Big Boy was never on Raton Pass as far as I know, but they look good together...
05/15/2019
Big Boy and Madame Queen on Raton Pass

The Big Boy was never on Raton Pass as far as I know, but they look good together...

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand? Ways to Donate: Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad. The Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad is about much more than merel…

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand?  Ways to Donate: Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Mod...
05/15/2019
Big Boy and Madame Queen on Raton Pass

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand? Ways to Donate: Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad. The Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad is about much more than merely having fun with scale trains. The model railroad provides the Society with a testing and proving ground for the donated model railroad equipment in the Dean Collection and other collections we may acquire in the future. [ 87 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/big-boy-and-madame-queen-on-raton-pass/

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand? Ways to Donate: Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad. The Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad is about much more than merel…

We are proud to share with you that Sam D. Teague was featured in the latest issue of Westerner magazine. Sam, President...
04/19/2019
Sam D. Teague And RAPS Featured In The Latest Issue of Westerner Magazine!

We are proud to share with you that Sam D. Teague was featured in the latest issue of Westerner magazine. Sam, President of RAPS, was asked to contribute an article about “Santa Fe’s 50 Hundred 2-10-4’s.” The magazine also features interviews with well-known faces such as singer Ray Stevens, and Charles Ray—the ex-United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe. You can download your free copy by clicking… [ 165 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2019/04/19/sam-d-teague-and-raps-featured-in-the-latest-issue-of-westerner-magazine/

We are proud to share with you that Sam D. Teague was featured in the latest issue of Westerner magazine. Sam, President of RAPS, was asked to contribute an article about “Santa Fe’s 50 Hundred 2-1…

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand?  Ways to Donate: Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Mod...
03/27/2019
New Life For An Old Locomotive

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand? Ways to Donate: Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad. The Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad is about much more than merely having fun with scale trains. The model railroad provides the Society with a testing and proving ground for the donated model railroad equipment in the Dean Collection and other collections we may acquire in the future. [ 86 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2019/03/27/new-life-for-an-old-locomotive/

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand? Ways to Donate: Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad. The Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad is about much more than merel…

Dynamometer Car 29 was the brainchild of Charles T. Ripley and T. E. Layden. Both men supervised the design and construc...
03/18/2019
Dynamometer Car 29

Dynamometer Car 29 was the brainchild of Charles T. Ripley and T. E. Layden. Both men supervised the design and construction of the car, which was created to measure and record the full spectrum of locomotive performance while the locomotive was being used in actual test under real-time load conditions. It was a true mobile laboratory and was used to evaluate all Santa Fe motive power between 1911 and 1963 when it was retired. [ 459 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2019/03/18/dynamometer-car-29/

Dynamometer Car 29 was the brainchild of Charles T. Ripley and T. E. Layden. Both men supervised the design and construction of the car, which was created to measure and record the full spectrum of…

The Significance of Brass Trains In the summer of 2016, the Railroad Artifact Preservation Society received a donation o...
03/11/2019
The Significance of Brass Trains Including A Brand New Video

The Significance of Brass Trains In the summer of 2016, the Railroad Artifact Preservation Society received a donation of model railroad equipment and supplies from an Amarillo family. The donation was the entire personal collection of Judge Donald Maxwell Dean, a Santa Fe Railway enthusiast and historian who planned to build a historically accurate model railroad in his home. Unfortunately Judge Dean passed away in late 2015. 1,247 more words [ 1,241 more word ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2019/03/11/the-significance-of-brass-trains-including-a-brand-new-video/

The Significance of Brass Trains In the summer of 2016, the Railroad Artifact Preservation Society received a donation of model railroad equipment and supplies from an Amarillo family. The donation…

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand?  Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for Color...
02/18/2019
A Brand New Video: SDP40Fu on Raton

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand? Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for Colorado & Southern Coach 535. Colorado & Southern Coach 535 an important piece of history from the early 20th Century that is worthy of restoration and preservaton. It was built by the American Car & Foundry Company in 1905 Company for the Colorado & Southern Railway. [ 175 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2019/02/18/a-brand-new-video-sdp40fu-on-raton/

    Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand? Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for Colorado & Southern Coach 535. Colorado & Southern Coach 535 an …

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand?  Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for Color...
02/11/2019
Super Fleet Action on Raton Pass

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand? Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for Colorado & Southern Coach 535. Colorado & Southern Coach 535 an important piece of history from the early 20th Century that is worthy of restoration and preservaton. It was built by the American Car & Foundry Company in 1905 Company for the Colorado & Southern Railway. [ 173 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/super-fleet-action-on-raton-pass/

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand? Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for Colorado & Southern Coach 535. Colorado & Southern Coach 535 an important piec…

The society needs to move Coach 535 from its present location in Amarillo but we have nowhere else to put it. Is anyone ...
02/04/2019
Colorado & Southern Coach 535

The society needs to move Coach 535 from its present location in Amarillo but we have nowhere else to put it. Is anyone out there that would like to have the car? We would like to donate it to a non-profit organization or museum. Here is a link to our website page that tells about 535. railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/at-sf-coach-535/

Interested parties can contact Sam D. Teague, RAPS president to make arrangements at [email protected]

B&W photo above and the drawing below – Courtesy of Hol Wagner Collection. It was first thought that 535 was a Pullman passenger car manufactured in the very late 1890s. Although 535 is very si…

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand?  Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for Color...
02/03/2019
The Big One: The Biggest Locomotive in the Dean Collection Brass

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand? Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for Colorado & Southern Coach 535. Colorado & Southern Coach 535 an important piece of history from the early 20th Century that is worthy of restoration and preservaton. It was built by the American Car & Foundry Company in 1905 Company for the Colorado & Southern Railway. [ 173 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2019/02/03/the-big-one-the-biggest-locomotive-in-the-dean-collection-brass/

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand? Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for Colorado & Southern Coach 535. Colorado & Southern Coach 535 an important piec…

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand?  Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for Color...
01/15/2019
A Brand New Video: Freight Action

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand? Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for Colorado & Southern Coach 535. Colorado & Southern Coach 535 an important piece of history from the early 20th Century that is worthy of restoration and preservaton. It was built by the American Car & Foundry Company in 1905 Company for the Colorado & Southern Railway. [ 173 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2019/01/15/a-brand-new-video-freight-action/

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand? Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for Colorado & Southern Coach 535. Colorado & Southern Coach 535 an important piec…

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand?  Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for Color...
12/07/2018
Santa Fe’s Raton Pass: A Brand New Video

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand? Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for Colorado & Southern Coach 535. Colorado & Southern Coach 535 an important piece of history from the early 20th Century that is worthy of restoration and preservaton. It was built by the American Car & Foundry Company in 1905 Company for the Colorado & Southern Railway. [ 173 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2018/12/07/santa-fes-raton-pass-a-brand-new-video/

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand? Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for Colorado & Southern Coach 535. Colorado & Southern Coach 535 an important piec…

The BNSF uses 6.2 horsepower per ton for calculating horsepower requirements on Tehachapi Pass in California. Tehachapi ...
11/27/2018
Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad: Unexpected Realism Part 1: Tonnage Rating of Locomotives

The BNSF uses 6.2 horsepower per ton for calculating horsepower requirements on Tehachapi Pass in California. Tehachapi Pass has a ruling grade of 2.52%. Raton Pass has a ruling grade of 3.25%. We have learned by experience operating trains up the grade on the layout that a typical HO scale diesel locomotive can only pull about 6ea. freight cars up the grade unassisted if the freight cars have been weighted to NMRA standards. [ 572 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/santa-fes-raton-pass-model-railroad-unexpected-realism-part-1-tonnage-rating-of-locomotives/

The BNSF uses 6.2 horsepower per ton for calculating horsepower requirements on Tehachapi Pass in California. Tehachapi Pass has a ruling grade of 2.52%. Raton Pass has a ruling grade of 3.25%. We …

As we complete the painting of locomotives in the Dean Collection, DCC Sound decoders are installed. Engine 3526 shown b...
11/13/2018
Santa Fe’s Raton Pass: Model Railroad: Sound Decoder Test Run

As we complete the painting of locomotives in the Dean Collection, DCC Sound decoders are installed. Engine 3526 shown below in its unpainted just-out-of-the-box condition was gone over mechanically and checked for smooth running. A few things had to be corrected, the original Pittman motor was replaced with a can motor. Then, the locomotive was sent to the workbench to test the running characteristics. [ 368 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/santa-fes-raton-pass-model-railroad-sound-decoder-test-run/

As we complete the painting of locomotives in the Dean Collection, DCC Sound decoders are installed. Engine 3526 shown below in its unpainted just-out-of-the-box condition was gone over mechanicall…

After completing the exterior painting of the main building to represent a Santa Fe Framed Depot, we had some paint left...
11/06/2018
Santa Fe’s Raton Pass: Model Railroad Structure: Finishing Touches

After completing the exterior painting of the main building to represent a Santa Fe Framed Depot, we had some paint left over. Turning to the small out-building just north of the depot, we decided to paint it as well. Looking in the Santa Fe System Standard book we found a similar building called a “Section Tool House.” A Final Touch on the Depot… [ 343 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2018/11/06/santa-fes-raton-pass-model-railroad-structure-finishing-touches/

After completing the exterior painting of the main building to represent a Santa Fe Framed Depot, we had some paint left over. Turning to the small out-building just north of the depot, we decided …

Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad is small compared to many others, but it is packed with features usually only fou...
10/30/2018
Santa Fe’s Raton Pass: Model Railroad: Feature Packed

Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad is small compared to many others, but it is packed with features usually only found on much larger layouts. Here is an overview of the special features: Photo Backdrop: As we mentioned last week, the railroad has a custom photo-realistic backdrop which is 3-feet tall and 45-feet long. This backdrop greatly enhances the realism of the overall scenes. [ 1,210 more word ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/santa-fes-raton-pass-model-railroad-feature-packed/

Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad is small compared to many others, but it is packed with features usually only found on much larger layouts. Here is an overview of the special features: Photo B…

When we first conceived the design of Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad, we knew that we wanted a photorealistic ba...
10/23/2018
Santa Fe’s Raton Pass: Model Railroad Photorealistic Backdrop

When we first conceived the design of Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad, we knew that we wanted a photorealistic backdrop. This seemed almost impossible at first since there were no commercially available photorealistic backdrops of the Raton Pass area available. We entertained the idea of a painted backdrop, but I had never seen one that didn’t look fake, even when done by a professional artist. [ 881 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2018/10/23/santa-fes-raton-pass-model-railroad-photorealistic-backdrop/

When we first conceived the design of Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad, we knew that we wanted a photorealistic backdrop. This seemed almost impossible at first since there were no commercially…

10/20/2018

Amarillo has a small earthquake (about 4.0) this morning about 8AM - Raton Pass model railroad OK 👌

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand?  Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for Color...
10/18/2018
Check Out Our New SD40 Dynamic Brake Application Video!

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand? Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for Colorado & Southern Coach 535. Colorado & Southern Coach 535 an important piece of history from the early 20th Century that is worthy of restoration and preservaton. It was built by the American Car & Foundry Company in 1905 Company for the Colorado & Southern Railway. [ 174 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2018/10/18/check-out-our-new-sd40-dynamic-brake-application-video/

  Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand? Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for Colorado & Southern Coach 535. Colorado & Southern Coach 535 an importa…

The Railroad Artifact Preservation Society-  Dean Collection, contains forty-seven pieces of brass. Fifteen of which are...
10/15/2018
Santa Fe’s Raton Pass: Model Railroad Structure: Painting Brass Steam Locomotives

The Railroad Artifact Preservation Society- Dean Collection, contains forty-seven pieces of brass. Fifteen of which are AT&SF steam locomotives in various wheel arrangements, the rest are freight and passenger cars from the Golden Era. All the brass steam locomotives and cars in the Dean Collection are unpainted. Recently the Society decided to start with the steam locomotives in the Collection and begin as systematic painting process to get the locomotives out of storage and into service on Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad recently completed. [ 273 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/santa-fes-raton-pass-model-railroad-structure-painting-brass-steam-locomotives/

The Railroad Artifact Preservation Society- Dean Collection, contains forty-seven pieces of brass. Fifteen of which are AT&SF steam locomotives in various wheel arrangements, the rest are frei…

Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad is housed inside a building that was used for a woodworking shop for almost twent...
10/08/2018
Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad Structure Woodworking Shop Transformation

Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad is housed inside a building that was used for a woodworking shop for almost twenty years. No longer having a need for a woodworking shop, all the cabinet making equipment was sold and we began to make the interior suitable for the model railroad. A small work shop was still needed to take care of routine property maintenance and to maintain the model railroad. [ 849 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2018/10/08/santa-fes-raton-pass-model-railroad-structure-woodworking-shop-transformation/

Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad is housed inside a building that was used for a woodworking shop for almost twenty years. No longer having a need for a woodworking shop, all the cabinet making…

Train 408, Chicago-LA (eastbound) mixed freight, makes a stop in Raton, New Mexico just long enough to pick up for four ...
10/01/2018
Santa Fe’s Raton Pass: Model Railroad Operations

Train 408, Chicago-LA (eastbound) mixed freight, makes a stop in Raton, New Mexico just long enough to pick up for four empty tank cars, TNBX box car 56567, BN bulkhead 621734, UP bulkhead 215663, and BN box car 316228, for delivery in Trinidad, Colorado. Meanwhile, in Trinidad Colorado, four tank cars and SSW box car 61797, are added to Train 883, LA-Chicago (westbound) mixed freight, for delivery in Raton, New Mexico. [ 297 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/santa-fes-raton-pass-model-railroad-operations-2/

Train 408, Chicago-LA (eastbound) mixed freight, makes a stop in Raton, New Mexico just long enough to pick up for four empty tank cars, TNBX box car 56567, BN bulkhead 621734, UP bulkhead 215663, …

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