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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 & 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's Ft-N class flat car

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's Ft-N class flat car
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1958
This photograph shows the side view of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Ft-N class flat car, number 92395.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Corwith Yards, Chicago, Illinois

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Corwith Yards, Chicago, Illinois
Date: Between 1950s and 1960s
This black and white photograph shows engine #335 from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company pulling freight on flat cars from Corwith Yards in Chicago, Illinois.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Corwith Yards, Chicago, Illinois

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Corwith Yards, Chicago, Illinois
Creator: Brent, Orville
Date: Between 1950 and 1960
This black and white photograph shows an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company employee securing a piggy-back trailer at the Corwith Yards in Chicago, Illinois.


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
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 1955 and 1959
This photograph shows several flatcars from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company used for "Circus" loading. The term describes 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
Creator: Brent, Orville
Date: Between 1956 and 1959
This black and white photograph shows a trailer from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company being prepared for a "circus loading". The term "circus loading" 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. 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
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
Date: Between 1955 and 1959
This photograph shows a trailer 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
Date: Between 1955 and 1959
This photograph shows a trailer 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 1955 and 1959
This photograph shows a trailer 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
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.


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 facility

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's circus loading facility
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This black and white photograph shows an unidentified Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's circus loading facility. The term "circus loading" 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 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 facility.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's circus loading facility.
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This photograph shows an unidentified Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's circus loading facility. The term "circus loading" 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 flat Car 291021, Greenville, Pennsylvania

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's flat Car 291021, Greenville, Pennsylvania
Date: 1968
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's flat Car 291021. The flexi-van is the class Ft-65, series 291000-291029 model built by the Greenville Steel Car Company in Greenville, Pennsylvania.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's flatcar

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's flatcar
Date: Between 1934 and 1938
This black and white photograph shows a 77-ton transformer on an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's flatcar as it was being shipped from St. Louis, Missouri, to Earp, California, to be used at Parker Dam.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's flatcar

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's flatcar
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1940 and 1945
This photograph shows a U.S. army tank being loaded on an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company flatcar.


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