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A.O. Brown to Governor John Martin

A.O. Brown to Governor John Martin
Creator: Brown, A.O.
Date: March 30, 1886
A.O. Brown, mayor of Parsons, Kansas, telegrams Kansas Governor john Martin, of Topeka, requesting immediate help from the "troops" over a labor dispute. Strikers had driven a freight train off the tracks near Parsons. In February 1885, railroad shop workers walked off the job because of a cut in pay and reduced hours of work. Governor Martin was able to negotiate a settlement to the strike but problems continued throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Texas.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's miniature train and the engineer Merle A. Benson

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's miniature train and the engineer Merle A. Benson
Date: 1927-1964
Here are photographs and newspaper articles about Merle A. Benson, engineer, on Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's miniature train. He was at the throttle of the little parade train for 37 years before retiring on December 31, 1963. Benson traveled thousands of miles to participate in parades, expositions, celebrations, and other events. The original miniature freight train, which was headed by an engine designed after the old steam locomotives, was built in 1926 at the Topeka shops. In 1927, a miniature passenger train was built as a companion. The power source for both trains was Model-T Ford motors and transmissions. In 1937, the steam locomotive design was replaced by a diesel-type jacket over the same power source. Use of the passenger train was discontinued in 1942 and it was finally scrapped in 1951. Before the passenger train was retired, it consisted of three Pullman cars, a buffet-library car and a dining car. The freight train consisted of the locomotive plus a coal car, refrigerator car, boxcar, stock car, tank car and caboose. During the off-season he would provide maintenance on the miniature trains and get them ready for the next season. Benson was born in Greeley, Kansas in 1896, and he moved to Topeka in 1923. He started to work in the Santa Fe shops as a car man helper and in 1924, he became a machinist.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's electrical equipment

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's electrical equipment
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1925 and 1945
This black and white photograph shows an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company shop worker welding a seam in the frame of a generator to be used in a Santa Fe freight diesel electric locomotive.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company yards, Argentine, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company yards, Argentine, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This black and white photograph shows Maurice McNellis an employee with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company at the main yard office in Argentine, Kansas. McNellis is taking a carrier of consists from the tube.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway employee, Cleburne, Texas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway employee, Cleburne, Texas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1950 and 1965
A photograph showing an African American car builder at the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shops in Cleburne, Texas.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway iron workers in Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway iron workers in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: June, 1954
This is a photograph showing Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway iron workers in the Topeka, Kansas shops. George Vega is in the second row far right. The photograph was taken during the Kansas Territorial Centennial.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shop employees, Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shop employees, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1922
A photograph showing car shed workers posed outside of a building at the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shop, Topeka, Kansas. This photograph was taken immediately after the 1922 strike.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shops, Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shops, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1960 and 1969
An interior view showing workers assembling a car at the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shops, Topeka, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shop workers in Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shop workers in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Hamilton, G. M.
Date: Between 1910 and 1920
A photograph showing Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shop workers in Topeka, Kansas. Henry Friedrich Kettler is seated between the third and fourth rows at the far left.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shop workers in Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shop workers in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1921
This is a postcard showing workers at the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shops in Topeka, Kansas. Men the photograph are Simon Lerma, Befiegio Armendores, Domingo Lopez, Felix Ornelos, Juan Martinez, Rafael Rayos, unidentified boy, and Jess Perdue, boss.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shop workers in Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shop workers in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1955 and 1959
This is a photograph showing Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shop workers in Topeka, Kansas. The photograph was taken for Joe Miller's retirement. George Vega is seated in the front, second from the left.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shop workers in Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shop workers in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Northcutt, R.C.
Date: May 1954
This is a photograph showing Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shop workers in Topeka, Kansas. Many of the workers are growing beards for the Kansas Territorial Centennial. George Vega, wearing overalls, is in back leaning against a rock pillar.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway workers at the shops in Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway workers at the shops in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: June 1954
This is a photograph showing Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway workers outside the tin shop in Topeka, Kansas. George Vega is in the first row, second from the right. The photograph was taken during the Territorial Centennial.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe employee oiling a freight car, Argentine, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe employee oiling a freight car, Argentine, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1950 and 1965
A photograph showing O. Stewart putting oil in the journal box of a freight car at the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway yards in Argentine, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe employees

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe employees
Date: October 9, 1935
A photo of a group of Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company shop employees, Topeka, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's G-M diesel engine

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's G-M diesel engine
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1925 and 1945
This photograph shows shop workers building a 16 cylinder G-M diesel engine. It will be installed in one of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's diesel electric locomotives.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company band, Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company band, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This photograph shows members of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's shop craft band from Topeka, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company roundhouse, Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company roundhouse, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: May 7, 1885
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's roundhouse and shop employees at Topeka, Kansas. In the background, are steam locomotives 3 and 29 and visible are the tender link and pin coupler arrangement on another locomotive.


Building a 16 cylinder G-M diesel engine

Building a 16 cylinder G-M diesel engine
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1925 and 1945
View of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shop worker at the blower end of a 16 cylinder diesel engine before its installation in a freight diesel electric locomotive.


Building a 16 cylinder G-M diesel engine

Building a 16 cylinder G-M diesel engine
Date: Between 1925 and 1945
View of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's worker face-cutting the end of the engine block before installing it in one of AT&SF's freight diesel-electric locomotives.


Building a diesel electric locomotive engine

Building a diesel electric locomotive engine
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1925 and 1945
View of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway worker grinding off burrs on a bolster that will be installed in a freight diesel electric locomotive.


Building a diesel electric locomotive engine

Building a diesel electric locomotive engine
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1925 and 1945
View of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's shop worker balancing a rotor for a blower.


Car men helpers at the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shops in Topeka, Kansas

Car men helpers at the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shops in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: J. B. Anderson Photos
Date: 1940s
This is a photograph showing car men helpers at the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shops in Topeka, Kansas. People in the photograph are (left to right) kneeling in the front: Lawrence Serna, Bernie Escobar, John Rodriguez, Jessie Raminrez, Joe Gonzales, M. Borjon, _____, Merle Prettyman (general foreman); second row: Gonzales, ______, ______, Joe Martinez, Woods, Hackett, Nick Ortiz, ______, Leo Chavez, Clarence Anno; third row: ______, Doc Riedel, Robinson, Fred Bufford, Wells, Walt Giegez, Lupe Serrano, ______, ______, Wyatt, ______.


High bay addition to engine shops, Barstow, California

High bay addition to engine shops, Barstow, California
Date: 1970
View of men, wheelsets, and an unidentified engine in front of the high bay addition to the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's engine shops in Barstow, California.


L. W. Halbe collection

L. W. Halbe collection
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: 1908-1912
The L. W. (Leslie Winfield) Halbe photo collection consists of 1500 glass plate negatives produced by Halbe during his teenage years. Halbe lived in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas, and began taking photographs of the region with an inexpensive Sears and Roebuck camera when he was fifteen years old.


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