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A carload of cucumbers

A carload of cucumbers
Creator: Elite Post Card Company
Date: Between 1905 and 1915
This is a fictitious or exaggerated postcard showing a Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad car loaded with gigantic cucumbers.


Airplane fuselage loaded on a Kansas City Southern Railroad flatcar

Airplane fuselage loaded on a Kansas City Southern Railroad flatcar
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This is a photograph showing an airplane fuselage loaded on Kansas City Southern Railroad's flatcar #523.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe flatcar carrying a Boeing 737 forward section piece

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe flatcar carrying a Boeing 737 forward section piece
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: November 1966
Photograph of an ATSF flatcar carrying a Boeing 737 forward section piece in Wichita, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway aero jet special train, Hackberry, Arizona

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway aero jet special train, Hackberry, Arizona
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1955 and 1965
This is a view of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway aero jet special train moving at 30 miles per hour near Hackberry, Arizona.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company flat car

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company flat car
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: March 30, 1966
This photograph shows a side view of an Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway flat car, Class Ft-35 and Series 90430-90437, with removal sides, ends, and roof. The car, built in the Topeka shops, is loaded with airplane parts manufactured by Lockheed-California Company.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company flat car

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company flat car
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: September 1961
This slide shows an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company flatcar loaded down with material.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's Ft-M flat car  Boeing Aircraft Company

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's Ft-M flat car Boeing Aircraft Company
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: May 26, 1964
A side view of an Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway flat car, class Ft-M, Series 90410-90411. It was equipped at the West Wichita, Kansas shops. The car was made for Boeing Aircraft Company, Wichita, Kansas, and was used to transported B-52 airplane fins.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's piggy-back trailers

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's piggy-back trailers
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1950 and 1973
This photo shows the Piggy-Back Service offered by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. In most instances, truck trailers were loaded and taken to a point where they were loaded on flat rail cars. They were shipped by rail for part of their route and then by road until they reached their final destination. This service is also known as intermodal transport, which means it involves more than one form of transportation.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's switch engine

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's switch engine
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1956
This photograph shows a Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's FM switch engine as it shoves against a cut of piggyback cars loaded with a variety of trailers. Also visible is a switchman riding point to #F3202 trailer


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Ft-35 Strato-box

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Ft-35 Strato-box
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1968
This photograph shows a side view of a Ft-35 Strato-box built by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company for General Dynamics, Convair Division. The car with removal ends, sides, and roof will be used to transport airplane parts.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Bicentennial 5702, near Hector, California

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Bicentennial 5702, near Hector, California
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1976
This slide shows the ATSF Bicentennial 5702 with trailer and flat cars, traveling near Hector, California.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway  car built to carry airplane parts

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway car built to carry airplane parts
Date: March 30, 1966
A photograph showing the end of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway flat car with removable sides, ends, and roof to be loaded with airplane parts from Lockheed-California. The flat car, a class Ft-35, series 90430-90437, was built by the Topeka shops.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company employee

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company employee
Creator: Erb, Don
Date: Between 1961 and 1967
This black and white photograph shows an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company employee inspecting the undercarriage of trailers. These truck trailers on flat cars (TOFC) are commonly referred to as a piggy-back service. With this intermodal form of transportation, between the railroad and trucking services, freight can be delivered in half the time.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company freight car

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company freight car
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1965 and 1970
This photograph shows a crane lowering a hood onto a 904340 class car. The car was designed and built to ship and protect aircraft wings. The top cover could be separated from the lower section of the carbody. The hoods came off in two pieces creating a gondola which could be loaded from above. Access doors were added to the ends of the cars allowing entry into the car without having to remove the hoods. This allowed workers to anchor the wing sections after they had been loaded and remove the anchoring mechanisms prior to the unloading of the car. The hoods and body were fabricated out of steel plate and structural shapes. The body was painted in a Lockheed paint scheme.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company, Hobart Yards, Los Angeles, California

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company, Hobart Yards, Los Angeles, California
Creator: Bradley, R.C.
Date: Between 1967 and 1969
This black and white photograph shows a truck trailer from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company being prepared for shipment at the Hobart Yards in Los Angeles, California. These trailers are commonly referred to as a piggy-back service. With this intermodal of transportation, freight can be delivered in half the time.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company military train

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company military train
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: between 1939 and 1945
This black and white photograph shows troops being served food on a Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company military train.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's bi-level autorack car

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's bi-level autorack car
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1965
This black and white photograph shows a home-built Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's bi-level auto rack car loaded with mail jeeps.


Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway Company's circus loading

Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway Company's circus loading
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1950 and 1985
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway Company intermodal transportation services. The description for this photograph called this type of loading of trailers "circus loading." It is a term used to describe an older method of loading highway trailers on flatcars (TOFC), whereby a tractor backs the trailer up to a ramp placed at one end of a cut of cars. Circus loading requires bridge plates at each end of all cars to enable the trailer and tractor to pass from car to car.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's circus loading

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's circus loading
Date: Between 1955 and 1959
This photograph shows a trailer from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company being loaded on to a flat car. This method of loading is referred to as "circus loading". A term used to describe an older method of moving trailers on to flatcars, (TOFC), whereby a truck backs the trailer up to a ramp placed at one end of a cut of cars. The loading process requires bridge plates to be at each end of all the cars to enable the trailer and tractor to pass from car to car.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's circus loading

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's circus loading
Creator: Brent, Orville
Date: Between 1955 and 1959
This photograph shows a fleet of trailers from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company being prepared for a "circus loading". The term is used to describe an older method of moving trailers on to flatcars, (TOFC), whereby a truck backs the trailer up to a ramp placed at one end of a cut of cars. The loading process requires bridge plates to be at each end of all the cars to enable the trailer and tractor to pass from car to car.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's "circus" loading

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's "circus" loading
Creator: Brent, Orville
Date: Between 1956 and 1959
This black and white photograph shows a number of trailers from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company being loaded on to flat cars. This method of loading is referred to as "circus loading". It is a term used to describe an older method of moving trailers on to flatcars, (TOFC), whereby a truck backs the trailer up to a ramp placed at one end of a cut of cars. Circus loading requires bridge plates at each end of all cars to enable the trailer and tractor to pass from car to car. The location is not identified.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's circus loading

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's circus loading
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1955 and 1959
This black and white photograph shows trailers from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company being prepared for a "circus loading". The term is used to describe an older method of moving trailers on to flatcars ,(TOFC), whereby a truck backs the trailer up to a ramp placed at one end of a cut of cars. The loading process requires bridge plates at each end of all cars to enable the trailer and tractor to pass from car to car.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's circus loading

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's circus loading
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1956 and 1958
This black and white photograph shows trailers from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company being prepared for a "circus loading". It is a term used to describe an older method of moving trailers on to flatcars (TOFC) whereby a truck backs the trailer up to a ramp placed at one end of a cut of cars. Circus loading requires bridge plates at each end of all cars to enable the trailer and tractor to pass from car to car.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's circus loading

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's circus loading
Date: Between 1956 and 1959
This black and white photograph shows a number of flatcars from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company being prepared for "circus" loading possibly at Corwith Yards in Chicago, Illinois. "Circus" loading is a term used to describe an older method of moving trailers on to flatcars (TOFC) whereby a truck backs the trailer up to a ramp placed at one end of a cut of cars. The loading process requires bridge plates to be at each end of all cars to enable the trailer and tractor to pass from car to car.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's circus loading

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's circus loading
Date: Between 1956 and 1959
This black and white photograph shows a number of trailers from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company being loaded onto flatcars. "Circus" loading was a term used to describe an older method of moving trailers on to flatcars (TOFC) whereby a truck backs the trailer up to a ramp placed at one end of a cut of cars. The loading process requires bridge plates to be at each end of all cars to enable the trailer and tractor to pass from car to car.


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