Restoration of the Santa Fe Chief - Alco PA #59

Restoration of the Santa Fe Chief - Alco PA #59 The Museum of the American Railroad in Frisco, Texas, is undertaking the restoration of one of the last remaining Alco PA locomotives - AT&SF #59.
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“Ground Work” should resume soon on the 59L- in the interim we have continued work on ancillary pieces that have kept us...
04/29/2020

“Ground Work” should resume soon on the 59L- in the interim we have continued work on ancillary pieces that have kept us busy. So, in that spirit- enjoy this beautiful Santa Fe image of PA 69 blasting past a classic US&S T2 type semaphore, circa 1950!!! We look forward to the day we can re create this scene ❤️

03/30/2020
Museum of the American Railroad

COVID 19 Update from Museum of the American Railroad Chief Operating Officer Kellie Murphy. MAR is home to Alco PA 59L- work on the PA continues, just having to be more “creative” to keep everyone safe and healthy.

https://www.facebook.com/130153546493/posts/10158138657766494/?vh=e&d=n

As we practice social distancing, we will provide updates on the Museum, it’s collection, history & technology on our social media pages. We wish you all well and hope you are safe and healthy. Your feedback is very important, so please let us know what you would like to see on these posts. Is there a particular piece of Museum equipment you’d like to know more about? Let us know! #historictrains Play Frisco - Frisco Parks & Recreation #staysafe #playfrisco

Update on the roof repairs to the PA 59LGood news is we still have a great donor in the form of a MLW FPA4. This locomot...
03/07/2020

Update on the roof repairs to the PA 59L

Good news is we still have a great donor in the form of a MLW FPA4. This locomotive has been out of service for many years and it’s operational days are long gone. A great many parts will be harvested in support of the PA, so it will end it’s service life by helping a very rare locomotive see life again. Huge thanks to RAPIDO TRAINS FOR PROVIDING THE 3D SCAN DATA FROM PA and FPA4 PROTOTYPES SHOWING THAT INDEED THE CONTOURS OF THE ROOF ARE THE SAME! They offer excellent model trains for the serious hobbyist: https://rapidotrains.com

The bad news. When we have completed taking the parts we need, the MLW cab unit must be salvaged. Last Fall (2019) we had a contractor with appropriate experience and insurance -as required by the donor- committed to assist in completing this work. Our goal was to wrap up by 11/1/2019. For reasons unknown to us this contractor quit returning emails and phone calls later last Fall, and the work has not been completed. Not only very disappointing, but incredibly frustrating as we want to continue to make significant headway on this magnificent project.

The great news-

Again, as of today, we are in good standing with the donor, and the donor locomotive is still ours to salvage. This is not at all a lost opportunity, just an unfortunate set back.

To that point, we are still in need of a competent “rail car salvage and scrap” specialist with insurance and references to complete this work ASAP. Please PM with serious inquires only.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and support...We will prevail!

02/02/2020

Excellent Video! Records indicate all of the Santa Fe Alco PA’s ( and just about every other passenger cab unit in the US) were initially delivered with the MARS WR-5000-A signal light. These used a single medium base bulb, and would be quickly replaced with dual sealed beam signal lights from Pyle- National and MARS. Note how the mechanism changes from Red filter for emergency train protection to “clear” for general service.

They are very rare- and we want one for the 59L! Video clip from “GM- Train of Tomorrow”. Thanks to Bob Finan for the heads up!

Happy 2020!!! The First Alco “2000” locomotive- build #75000 undergoing trials ( 1st image) in 1946, before receiving it...
01/02/2020

Happy 2020!!! The First Alco “2000” locomotive- build #75000 undergoing trials ( 1st image) in 1946, before receiving it’s beautiful Warbonnet paint scheme and subsequently being delivered to the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway later the same year ( second image). Our 59 has build number 76535, and was delivered October, 1948. Saving this incredibly iconic class of Diesels- now all but extinct- is why we are committed to bringing 59L back to her original Warbonnet glory.

( Credit for the 1st image is unknown- we are happy to update if credit can be verified!)

We know it’s a F Unit- but still cool 1950’s Santa Fe artwork! Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays from the Alco PA 59L Tea...
12/25/2019

We know it’s a F Unit- but still cool 1950’s Santa Fe artwork! Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays from the Alco PA 59L Team- Thanks for your support and enthusiasm for our project!!! 2020 is going to Rock!!!

Today was “clean house” day! Had a little extra time so did some housekeeping so to speak. This is a temporary measure t...
12/14/2019

Today was “clean house” day! Had a little extra time so did some housekeeping so to speak. This is a temporary measure to control corrosion until more aggressive actions are taken.

People often ask what’s under / inside the rather large nose section of an Alco “PA”...well, not much- air brake equipme...
12/09/2019

People often ask what’s under / inside the rather large nose section of an Alco “PA”...well, not much- air brake equipment and if you look closely- the front traction motor(s) cooling blower. Other ancillary items as well but it certainly wasn’t packed with equipment when delivered. No doubt the long nose enhanced crew safety as well.

As promised- we began cab roof repairs today by removing about 1/3 of the damaged roof skin today. The supporting ribs a...
12/07/2019

As promised- we began cab roof repairs today by removing about 1/3 of the damaged roof skin today. The supporting ribs are also damaged as you can see, which is why this is the only realistic approach to repairing the damage. The cab is still quite square all things considered , with some minor deflection on the engineer’s side. Removing all of the damaged elements will de-stress the cab, allowing it to be re squared, and this also gives us an excellent opportunity to stabilize corrosion issues.

The Roof is coming Off! We will soon begin removing the severely damaged roof in preparation for the replacement- so tod...
12/06/2019

The Roof is coming Off! We will soon begin removing the severely damaged roof in preparation for the replacement- so today for the record we grabbed a few images of the replacement rooftop number board ( from Santa Fe PA 62L) sitting in place, and one of the two LESLIE A200 air horns mounted on the original boss plate. The stainless steel brow will be removed and restored, the horn mounting boss saved and reused, as well as the signal flag holders. Also note the last photo with the nose medallion paint artwork- looks good to see that again. It will be great to get these repairs behind us. More to come soon!

Update as of October 28. The cab roof section repair is still holding us up, but a solution is close at hand. We do have...
10/28/2019

Update as of October 28. The cab roof section repair is still holding us up, but a solution is close at hand. We do have a donor roof which has been donated from an existing Alco cab unit, but we are still working through logistics regarding getting it removed and shipped to Texas. We need this replacement section to continue work so that the damaged cab structure can be re squared to fit the replacement. Our goal was to have this done by November 1, however, since we are relying on the benevolence of several individuals to complete this work sometimes we must wait for scheduling, Etc to work for all involved. In the mean time we continue to work on other elements of the restoration, and are thankful the donor is understanding of the delays. We also are thankful for our support here and for everyone’s patience. This WILL WORK OUT- There is a lot of cool stuff just around the corner for the PA 59L!

WARBONNET RED!!! A topic sure to bring up a lot of opinions! Here’s what we know. DuPont carried the standard paint code...
10/01/2019

WARBONNET RED!!! A topic sure to bring up a lot of opinions! Here’s what we know. DuPont carried the standard paint codes for the red used by the Santa Fe Railway from the 1940’s through the 1960’s as “1863M” or “9089R”- depending on whether it was their Duco or Dulux formulation. That said chemistry has changed and it’s difficult to get a good, accurate match based on these codes. Enter original paint samples to the rescue! Several examples exist of original Santa Fe red paint in good shape- including a PA cab door, and PA carbody Medalion, and an original passenger F unit air horn. These were matched by AXALTA into a custom formula In IMRON, for use on our PA and other Santa Fe projects at our Museum ( modern / recent color examples shown next to the vintage pieces). Note that all of these rare pieces were donated- which allow us to faithfully recreate that beautiful shade of red we call the Warbonnet!!! We are anxious to get some of this red on the 59!!!

Santa Fe PA 59L was moved about 100 meters on 9/14/19, making equipment access easier for more “intensive” restoration w...
09/16/2019

Santa Fe PA 59L was moved about 100 meters on 9/14/19, making equipment access easier for more “intensive” restoration work which will begin this Fall. Stay Tuned!!!

We are pleased to announce this exciting fundraiser! Many have asked for the opportunity to purchase something related t...
08/09/2019

We are pleased to announce this exciting fundraiser! Many have asked for the opportunity to purchase something related to the project which will financially benefit the restoration- so check this out- Mr Bukove does beautiful work. ***NOTE***We recently received a $5000 cash donation from Mr. David Thompson, long time PA 59 project supporter. His request is that this community match his donation 1:1 by whatever amount you can give so it becomes $10,000. IF YOU BUY ONE OF THE PRINTS OR THE CALENDAR A PORTION WILL GO TO SECURE THAT MATCH. Everyone wins! Here are the details:

The Museum of the American Railroad in collaboration with artist Lance Bukove are pleased to announce a special offering to help with the ongoing restoration of our beautiful Santa Fe ALCO PA locomotive. As those of you who have been following this wonderful project know, we are in the process of bringing this fantastic engine back to life. First cosmetically then hopefully on to operational status.

To this end we are excited to offer this fundraising event. We have both a print and laminated 2020 calendar as either a single item or package deal. You can see images of both of these items in this posting. They are printed on 100 pound paper with wonderful resolution, color, and sharpness. The calendars come hand signed and dated and the prints come signed and numbered. This offer will only be available through Mr. Bukove with a large percentage of the proceeds going directly to the Project 59!

About the engine: there are only 4 remaining PA locomotives is in existence. 2 in Mexico and 2 in the United States. The other one in the U.S. has been restored to a Nickel Plate Road paint scheme, so most agree that this is the last PA that will ever wear the beautiful Warbonnet paint scheme.

About the image: a typical sight for its day, you see 59 speeding across the New Mexico landscape with the recognizable Church Rock in the background. You can't get much better than this, for a combination, to bring back the feel of what it was like when these sleek engines thundered across the Santa Fe lines.

About the artist: Lance Bukove, has been drawing trains for over 30 years. His originals and prints hang in both private and corporate collections around the world including quite a few local and regional offices of the BNSF. He has won numerous awards for his works up against all types of media and subject matter. His grandfather was the Master Machinist in the Albuquerque, NM shops for the Santa Fe for over 40 years maintaining and improving the steam locomotives of the day. He holds numerous patents for parts that led to major improvements and innovations implemented on the engines he worked on. His father worked for the SF for a number of years as well. So, as you can see SF red runs deep in his blood and passion for the railroad.

In conclusion, if you have been following this project and would like to help out this is a great opportunity to do so. You will be helping to bring a truly magnificent engine back to life. As an added bonus, if you would like the print personalized Lance will be happy to put a dedication on it for you prior to shipment.”

Print and calendar are 11" x 17" each and printed on 100 pound paper. The calendars are signed and laminated. The prints are signed and numbered.

The artist has made the process of acquiring these beautiful items by placing them on eBay - on a “Buy It Now” basis! Here are the links to the artwork:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/283572722037?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.com/itm/273958242028?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.com/itm/283572726494?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Or you can contact Mr. Bukove directly here:

https://m.facebook.com/Railroad-Art-1984854191809321/

Thank you!

PLEASE NOTICE: copyright tag seen in the photos are not actually on the print or calendar, just added for advertisement protection. Lance Bukove retains all copyright and the image may not be reproduced without express written permission.

A pair of CHIEFS! Alco PA 59 and sister FP45 107 reconnect at our Museum after a 50 year separation! Both of these fine ...
08/09/2019

A pair of CHIEFS! Alco PA 59 and sister FP45 107 reconnect at our Museum after a 50 year separation! Both of these fine Diesels saw service on Santa Fe’s finest passenger trains- we are honored to have them in our collection. With summer heat pushing Texas temperatures up near 100* we are focusing on planning for Fall restoration work, and detail work out of the heat. Things will get going again in short order- stay connected for a major donation announcement coming soon!!! MAR Photo

More work done yesterday. First image is of 59L when she was new- 1948- close up of the side steps and grab irons ( long...
06/14/2019

More work done yesterday. First image is of 59L when she was new- 1948- close up of the side steps and grab irons ( long gone unfortunately). We have reproduced the steps, and did a trial fit yesterday with the recently donated stainless steel grab irons. Note the bizarre shape of the grab iron- that is actually correct per Alco! Everything fit perfectly. The steps will have the welds completed and ground smooth, where they will look like the original castings. Finally, a little fun- Museum of the American Railroad CEO Bob LaPrelle holds our reproduction builders plate against the 59L. She has her “serial number” back! More to come- thanks all for your support!!!

Mission Accomplished!!! We recently cast a reproduction builders plate for the 59L- build number 76535- developed from t...
05/29/2019

Mission Accomplished!!! We recently cast a reproduction builders plate for the 59L- build number 76535- developed from the original example loaned to us ( lower) from 59A. This testing of the urethane mold was done with good old water based plaster- as a “proof” that the urethane mold is accurate. We are satisfied, and will eventually likely do a run in aluminum, and offer them for sale. The original again is the lower unpainted casting , the upper is the plaster of Paris proof, with a little bit of Warbonnet Red for fun!

Alco Builders Plate. Have made a urethane mold from the original 59A builders plate, cast a wax positive, and made a fir...
05/14/2019

Alco Builders Plate. Have made a urethane mold from the original 59A builders plate, cast a wax positive, and made a first pass at “editing” the digits to 76535- the correct build number for 59L. Pretty pleased with the results!

More amazing donations!!! I just drove 1900 miles round trip from Texas to Illinois and back to retrieve these goodies! ...
05/06/2019

More amazing donations!!! I just drove 1900 miles round trip from Texas to Illinois and back to retrieve these goodies! Original stainless steel Alco PA grab irons, and the builders plate from Alco PA 59A ( on loan for duplication). What a joy it was to meet the donor in person- Mr. David Thompson, and his family. We are incredibly thankful for those wonderful people who make the choice to help solve the challenges involved in restoring a 70 year old locomotive!!! As an aside, the short grab iron is from the 51 LAB set- the first PA’s ever!!!

This Lovely Lady got a full days worth of attention today. More good progress made on the Santa Fe PA 59L ✅
04/06/2019

This Lovely Lady got a full days worth of attention today. More good progress made on the Santa Fe PA 59L ✅

Awesome scene yesterday of father and son admiring the PA 59 during a Museum of the American Railroad tour. Historic Pre...
03/23/2019

Awesome scene yesterday of father and son admiring the PA 59 during a Museum of the American Railroad tour. Historic Preservation of priceless artifacts is vitally important as it inspires future generations to reflect on the past as we look forward to future innovations. Further work was done on assessment of the damage to the engineer’s side of the car body, as seen in the subsequent images. ( ...permission was granted by the gentleman to share the image of he and is son).
More information on touring the Museum can be found here:
http://www.museumoftheamericanrailroad.org

03/20/2019
Shining Rails: Railroadin' Electrically - 1950

For the historians out there, we found this interesting 1950 film from General Electric Co- which chronicles the transition from steam to Diesel Electric power. GE was an important partner with Alco in producing the “PA” locomotives. The film includes many rare, early vintage scenes, including Alco PA’s. Should you desire, the first Santa Fe PA imagery starts around 8:30 into the film:
https://youtu.be/WcmPwH3YK3s

From the GE Film Catalog: "A story of the backbone of America's transportation system - the railroad - this film traces the evolution of locomotive power fro...

This Joe Taul image shows Alco PA 74L after being involved in a very serious collision. 74 would be repaired and placed ...
03/15/2019

This Joe Taul image shows Alco PA 74L after being involved in a very serious collision. 74 would be repaired and placed back in service ( as linked) finishing her career in the late 1960’s- a real testament to the shop forces ability to repair damage- and inspiration for our project!

http://www.railpictures.net/showimage.php?id=532476&key=9794341

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Anything new going on with the locomotive?
After restoration, what places will it travel & will it run with other restored ATSF Locomotives like 3751, 3415, 2926, Santa Fe F9's, Santa Fe #95
[email protected]/4038501988/in/photostream/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4038501988/in/photostream/ Pictures I just found of one of the three PA2s exported to Brazil that show the beginning of an aborted cosmetic restoration on #600 that was begun in 2001 and never finished. The stripped shell is still in the big railroad shops at Jundiai at last report. One of the others was cut up and the cab used as part of a food stand. The disposition of the third PA is unconfirmed but believed to be scrapped.
I know #59 doesn't have her original trucks, but do you know what the wheel diameter was? I've found very little information online and it bounces between 40" and 42". Thank you for any help you may be able to provide. Keep up the great work!!
What has been going on with the body repair? No recent updates. Also, how are you doing securing the equipment to get it operational again?
I know you all have been working on getting the cab roof re-done since it is so hard to replicate, but I found this while lurking some forums:
Here is a view of the 59L in April of 2000 as the pair of ex FNM - ex D&H - ex AT&SF PA's made a brief stop-over in Woodinville, WA on their way to Portland. Keep up the good work on the restoration!
Found this pic in my files. ex D&H ex ATSF 59L PA on fire in Mexico
What engine will be put in her??