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Santa Fe : After my two years of active duty in the U. S. Transportation Corps, in 1968 I joined the Santa Fe Mechanical Department and was based in Topeka, Kansas.  My Santa Fe career extended for about 14 years with stops in Kansas City (twice), Fort Madison, Iowa and Topeka (twice).  I began my Santa Fe career as the first ever management trainee in the Mechanical Department.  From that point I spent time in Industrial Engineering at the Car Shops In Topeka, Kansas.  My next assignment was as an ASDE (Assistant Supervisor Diesel Engines) in Kansas City (Argentine Locomotive Shops) and then in Fort Madison.  After 15 months of riding riding trains/locomotives as a troubleshooter, I returned to Argentine Locomotive Shops as a 2nd shift ramp foreman.

Santa Fe made the decision to try one more time to make a go of the refrigerated traffic business.  At that time I was assigned to the General Car Inspectors office in Topeka with my main responsibilities to design, implement and manage a data system to monitor the performance of Santa Fe's refrigerated fleet - both cars (MTCs) and vans.  The system as designed was one of the first "total" data bases in the mechanical side of the railroad industry.  In addition to the mechanical records for each piece of equipment we brought in movement history, waybills, Refrigeration Department line-of-road inspections, traffic data and claims.  A complete picture was painted so that management could evaluate and make more informed decisions going forward.

Remaining in Topeka at the Motive Power Building, home of the Mechanical Department staff, I was made a Department Head with the goal of designing a total Mechanical Department information system.

I left the Santa Fe in 1981 to pursue a change in my railroading career from the Class Is to Short Line - as Chief Mechanical Officer of the Ann Arbor Railroad.

The images in this Gallery reflect Santa Fe operations, equipment and my work experiences while I was there.

Santa Fe


After my two years of active duty in the U. S. Transportation Corps, i ...

Updated: Jan 13, 2015 7:17pm PST

Other Shortlines & Regionals :

Other Shortlines & Regionals


Updated: Dec 16, 2014 3:36pm PST

Cumbres & Toltec : The Cumbres & Toltec is my favorite steam railroad.  I have made 3 trips to Colorado and New Mexico to ride and photograph the C&T.  I'm more than positive there will be more visits out that way.

Cumbres & Toltec


The Cumbres & Toltec is my favorite steam railroad. I have made 3 tri ...

Updated: Sep 26, 2014 10:09am PST

Pre Amtrak Passenger Trains :

Pre Amtrak Passenger Trains


Updated: Sep 05, 2014 6:47pm PST

Rio Grande :

Rio Grande


Updated: Aug 29, 2014 10:52am PST

Union Pacific 1950 - 1973 :

Union Pacific 1950 - 1973


Updated: Aug 16, 2014 5:04pm PST

Burlington Northern :

Burlington Northern


Updated: Jul 17, 2014 2:25pm PST

New York Central : The New York Central was my first professional railroad experience when, after graduating in 1965 from the University of Houston with a degree in Diesel/Mechanical Technology and Business, I was hired to be a Special Inspector in the Quality Control Department at Central's Collinwood Diesel Shops just east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio.  I was with NYC for about 6 months before taking a leave of absence to serve as an officer in the U. S. Army Transportation Corps.

The leave of absence I took would have allowed me to have a position when I returned from my military duty.  However, by the time that came, the PC merger was in the process of becoming a real disaster.  In doing some checking I determined that it would be better for me just to "move on."  I will, however, always thank and be indebted to Ed White, CMO - Locomotives NYC who hired me, for giving me the opportunity to begin my railroad career.

New York Central


The New York Central was my first professional railroad experience whe ...

Updated: Jul 14, 2014 10:50am PST