Written by Bob "Z-Man" F.


1. Who was the original founder of the Santa Fe ?

Jay Gould
Thomas Van Owen
Cyrus K. Holliday
S. Q. Quayle

2. In what year was it founded ?


3. The city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, had to be reached by a connecting branch line, for what reason ?

Lack of capital at that time
A mandate stemming from a lawsuit
Gradient for the main line to the city could not be easily achieved, as constructed
Indian Reservation in the way of surveyors routing

4. The Atlantic & Pacific Railroad was a key part of the Santa Fe's expansion westward. What other railroad partnered with them to build this line ?

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific
Kansas City & Western
Missouri Pacific
St. Louis ~ San Francisco
None of the above

5. The Santa Fe has always been associated with fast trains. Who was the Individual that chartered a train to take him from Los Angeles to Chicago, in 1905 ?

Walter Scott
Andrew Carnegie
William Forsythe
James Vanderbilt

6. What was the primary reason Fred Harvey introduced the Harvey Girls ?

Attract more patrons
Simple business decision
Unreliable and unruly waiters
Not enough staffing in the far west

7. The Santa Fe did not utilize which of the following wheel arrangements on its' steam locomotives ?


8. Who designed Santa Fe's famous red and silver Warbonnet paint scheme ?

Leland Knickerbocker
Walter Schumacher
Edward Reonicke
Phillip Radamaker

9. What Santa Fe train holds their system Speed Record ?

Super Chief
California Limited
Fast Mail
Super C

10. What class of Hood Type road diesel locomotive, when new, was the last to wear the black and silver Zebra Stripe paint scheme ?

Both SD-24 and DL-600b
Both GP-20 and SD-24

11. What locomotives' trucks were re-used as part of a new locomotive order ?


12. What were they re-used on ?

All of the above

13. What locomotive did Santa Fe re-order, that was delivered in a road number that reflected the 1969 - 1970 general locomotive renumbering program ?


14. During the late 1960's, the Santa Fe was besieged with huge grain harvests, and a chronic shortage of covered hoppers. What type of freight car was NOT used as a means of transport for this commodity ?

Open top hoppers
Box Cars
Stock Cars
Refrigerator Cars

15. In what year was the Yellow Bonnet paint scheme introduced ?


16. What did the term Continuous Time refer to ?

Traction motors
Operating crew turnarounds
System Time Clocks
A job with no days off

17. The Santa Fe was the largest owner of SD-45-2's. What was NOT a feature of units 5687-5714 ?

Last batch ordered
Delivered with black trucks
Geared for 90 m.p.h. operation
Rear number boards

18. The Santa Fe was well known for their locomotive rebuilding skills. Their fleet of aging SD-24's went through complete upgrades. Old 567 power assemblies were replaced with new, 16 cylinder 645's, rated at 2,625 H.P. Also, the electrical systems were upgraded to Dash-2 standards. What was THE most unique aspect of these units ?

Some were equipped as Locotrol masters
Some of the SD-24's were repainted into the Yellow Warbonnet BEFORE being rebuilt
All eighty SD-24's were in active service prior to rebuilding
They were already slated for trade-in, on new units

19. What does Canadian National SD-50F 5456 have to do with the Santa Fe ?

Santa Fe's Motive Power people went to check this unit out in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as a prelude to a possible locomotive order from E.M.D.
Santa Fe borrowed this unit to evaluate the Safety Cab and desk-top controls, in 1988
It was rebuilt from a wrecked Santa Fe F-45
It was destroyed in a wreck while in pool service on the Santa Fe near Carrollton, Missouri

20. The letter Q in a Santa Fe freight train symbol stood for Quality. What was the outcome of this operating concept ?

Short, fast, intermodal trains, operating with two man crews, between city pairs.
The introduction of alpha trains into their schedule planning, and the subsequent gradual phase-out of the numeric system.
A successful marketing strategy offering vastly improved service
All of the above

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