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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.

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 ]
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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, …

A work order document is any written or verbal instruction pertaining to the handling of cars issued to yard or road cre...
09/24/2018
Santa Fe’s Raton Pass: Model Railroad Operations: Work Order Document

A work order document is any written or verbal instruction pertaining to the handling of cars issued to yard or road crews requiring work to be performed during their tour of duty. NOTE: Exceptions to written work orders must be noted on the work orders according to current instruction; cars handled on verbal work orders must be reported on the prescribed form. [ 595 more words ]
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A work order document is any written or verbal instruction pertaining to the handling of cars issued to yard or road crews requiring work to be performed during their tour of duty. NOTE: Exceptions…

Switching operations on the Santa Fe Railway utilized a CLIC book that showed the train crews what track and where each ...
09/17/2018
Santa Fe’s Raton Pass: Model Railroad Operations: CLIC Book

Switching operations on the Santa Fe Railway utilized a CLIC book that showed the train crews what track and where each car in the train was to be delivered to, as well as the exact door or spot location of the business served. RAPS employs a CLIC book to operate Santa Fe’s Raton Pass (SFRP) model railroad. CLIC – stands for… [ 479 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/santa-fes-raton-pass-model-railroad-operations-clic-book/

Switching operations on the Santa Fe Railway utilized a CLIC book that showed the train crews what track and where each car in the train was to be delivered to, as well as the exact door or spot lo…

Construction on Santa Fe’s Raton Pass (SFRP) model railroad began on December 26, 2017 and it was completed approximat...
09/10/2018
Santa Fe’s Raton Pass: Model Railroad Operations

Construction on Santa Fe’s Raton Pass (SFRP) model railroad began on December 26, 2017 and it was completed approximately 8 months later. Although a model railroad is never really finished, by August of 2018 is was complete enough to begin operating sessions. SFRP showcases the real Raton Pass in HO scale. Santa Fe acquired Raton Pass in 1878 and immediately began laying track up the mountain and over the summit to access New Mexico and ultimately California. [ 619 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2018/09/10/santa-fes-raton-pass-model-railroad-operations/

Construction on Santa Fe’s Raton Pass (SFRP) model railroad began on December 26, 2017 and it was completed approximately 8 months later. Although a model railroad is never really finished, by Augu…

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand?  Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for AT&SF...
08/23/2018
Check Out Our New “Moving Power on Raton” Video!

Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand? Ways to Donate: GoFundMe Campaign for AT&SF Coach 535. AT&SF Coach 535 is the only remaining enclosed vestibule passenger coach left from Santa Fe Railway’s 19th Century fleet. It was built by Barney & Smith Car Company for the Santa Fe in 1887. We must get it inside to do a complete restoration to original condition and to protect the car from the elements. [ 164 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2018/08/23/check-out-our-new-moving-power-on-raton-video/

    Hey! While you’re here why don’t you consider giving us a helping hand?   Ways to Donate:   GoFundMe Campaign for AT&SF Coach 535.   AT&SF Coach 535 is the onl…

B&W photo above and the drawing below - Courtesy of Hol Wagner Collection. It was first thought that 535 was a Pullman p...
08/16/2018
Colorado & Southern Railroad Passenger Coach No. 535

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 similar to Pullman cars in design characteristics, it is not a Pullman Company product. Another popular manufacturer of the era was Barney & Smith. Barney & Smith was an older company than Pullman in fact, some of George M. [ 731 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2018/08/16/colorado-southern-railroad-passenger-coach-no-535/

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 v…

Why do you think Larry’s first book was so popular with train enthusiasts? Although there is a great following on almo...
08/10/2018
Sam Teague Discusses The New Larry E. Brasher Book “Santa Fe Diesel Locomotive Development”

Why do you think Larry’s first book was so popular with train enthusiasts? Although there is a great following on almost anything related to the Santa Fe Railway, Larry’s first book highlighted an almost unknown subject; Santa Fe Railway designed their own steam locomotives in house starting in 1913 and continued to do so until the end of steam. Not only that, but their designs were masterpieces of power and efficiency. [ 603 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/sam-teague-discusses-the-new-larry-e-brasher-book-santa-fe-diesel-locomotive-development/

Why do you think Larry’s first book was so popular with train enthusiasts? Although there is a great following on almost anything related to the Santa Fe Railway, Larry’s first book highlighted an …

In 1938, one year after the Super Chief began operations, the El Capitan began operations.  It operated between Chicago ...
08/10/2018
El Capitan- An Excerpt “AT&SF Coach 535 Victorian Era Survivor” By Sam D. Teague

In 1938, one year after the Super Chief began operations, the El Capitan began operations. It operated between Chicago and Los Angeles twice a week. It departed Dearborn Station at 5:45 P.M. and arrived in Los Angeles at 7:30 A.M. the second morning. Services aboard the El Capitan included free pillows, drinking cups and the standard services of a porter. Meals were provided with a lunch-counter dining car. [ 510 more words ]
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In 1938, one year after the Super Chief began operations, the El Capitan began operations. It operated between Chicago and Los Angeles twice a week. It departed Dearborn Station at 5:45 P.M. and a…

Larry E. Brasher, was 80 when he passed on November 3, 2015 at his home in Belton Texas where he was surrounded by his w...
08/10/2018
Larry E. Brasher June 25, 1935 – November 3, 2015

Larry E. Brasher, was 80 when he passed on November 3, 2015 at his home in Belton Texas where he was surrounded by his wife and family. He was born in Loma Linda, CA. on June 25, 1935, to Lawrence J. and Arlean Brasher. His father, a Santa Fe Mechanical Department Employee intimately involved in early Diesel development, and Larry developed a deep love and respect for the Santa Fe at an early age. [ 703 more words ]
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Larry E. Brasher, was 80 when he passed on November 3, 2015 at his home in Belton Texas where he was surrounded by his wife and family. He was born in Loma Linda, CA. on June 25, 1935, to Lawrence …

May / June 2016 VOLUME 50 NUMBER 3 FEATURES Vertical Hot Air Engine JERRY R. GROVES The Statfold Barn Railway MIKE SAVAG...
08/10/2018
Sam D. Teague In The Latest Issue of Live Steam Magazine

May / June 2016 VOLUME 50 NUMBER 3 FEATURES Vertical Hot Air Engine JERRY R. GROVES The Statfold Barn Railway MIKE SAVAGE AT&SF 5000 versus UP 4014 SAM D. TEAGUE Saving Skookum – Her Story and a Commentary on Her Life, Times and the Technology of Then and Now DR. BILL ZINGHEIM Building the New “Tom Thumb” – Part 19… [ 377 more words ]
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May / June 2016 VOLUME 50 NUMBER 3 FEATURES Vertical Hot Air Engine JERRY R. GROVES The Statfold Barn Railway MIKE SAVAGE AT&SF 5000 versus UP 4014 SAM D. TEAGUE Saving Skookum – Her Story and …

model railsThis interview with Sam D. Teague is all about model railroads. Are you already hooked on building a model ra...
08/10/2018
Are You Addicted To Model Railroading?

model railsThis interview with Sam D. Teague is all about model railroads. Are you already hooked on building a model railroad? If you are… you will already know why it is one of the most popular hobbies with railroad enthusiasts. If you’re not… you may want to start after reading this interview! How did you start with model railroads? I received a Lionel train set for Christmas when I was about 8 or 9 years old. [ 795 more words ]
https://railroadartifactpreservation.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/are-you-addicted-to-model-railroading/

model railsThis interview with Sam D. Teague is all about model railroads. Are you already hooked on building a model railroad? If you are… you will already know why it is one of the most popular h…

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