Santa Fe 664

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Steam-Powered Locomotive

Built by:

Baldwin Locomotive Works – 1899

Wheel Arrangement:

2-8-0 “Consolidation”

Weight:

70 Tons

Donated by:

Santa Fe Railway – 1953

1953 - Santa Fe No. 664 sporting a fresh coat of paint is ready for its move to the Travel Town Museum.

Originally numbered #891, this oil-burning locomotive was used mostly to pull freight trains in Texas, Oklahoma, and surrounding states.  Although many engines of this class were operating on Santa Fe lines in California, this particular locomotive’s record tells of service on Santa Fe’s Northern, Southern, Panhandle, Plains, and Gulf Divisions.  The locomotive’s appearance changed very little during its 55-year service career, and it was still in active service right up to the time of its donation to Travel Town in 1953.

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More Interesting Information:

The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway was chartered in 1859 to connect the towns of Atchison and Topeka, Kansas, with the frontier trading center of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The “Santa Fe” railway eventually became one of the nation’s largest, with tracks stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Texas.   Santa Fe was well known for its outstanding passenger trains, including the world famous Super Chief.   The railway partnered with 19th Century entrepreneur, Fred Harvey, to build a chain of restaurants and hotels across the country.  The famous “Harvey Houses” helped settle the west and promote tourism in the Southwest.

In 1995, AT&SF merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form today’s BNSF Railway.  In 2010, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway purchased the entire BNSF company for $44 billion.