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AT&SF Drott straddle loader

AT&SF Drott straddle loader
Date: April 7, 1978
View of a man supervising the operation of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's Drott straddle loader.


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 Corwith Yards, Chicago, Illinois

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Corwith Yards, Chicago, Illinois
Creator: Brent, Orville
Date: November 1967
This black and white photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's piggy-back loading facilities at Corwith Yards in Chicago, Illinois.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Super C crew

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Super C crew
Creator: Brent, Orville
Date: Between January 16, 1968 and January 17, 1968
These two black and white photographs show the crew from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Super C train. The high speed intermodal freight train ran from Chicago, Illinois, to Los Angeles, California, from 1968 to 1976, and was considered the "World's Fastest Train".


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Super C train

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Super C train
Creator: Brent, Orville
Date: January 16, 1968
This black and white photograph was taken during the first run of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Super C train at Corwith Yards, Chicago, Illinois. The high speed intermodal freight train ran from Chicago, Illinois, to Los Angeles, California, from 1968 to 1976. It was considered the "World's Fastest Train".


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Super C train

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Super C train
Creator: Brent, Orville
Date: Between January 16, 1968 and January 17, 1968
This black and white photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Super C train at Corwith Yards. The high speed intermodal freight train ran from Chicago, Illinois, to Los Angeles, California, from 1968 to 1976, and was considered the "World's Fastest Train". A number of Santa Fe tractor/trailers are loaded on flatcars.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Super C train

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Super C train
Creator: Brent, Orville
Date: Between January 16, 1968 and January 17, 1968
This black and white photograph shows signage for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Super C train at Corwith Yards. The high speed intermodal freight train ran from Chicago, Illinois, to Los Angeles, California, from 1968 to 1976, and was considered the "World's Fastest Train". There are some Santa Fe tractor/trailers in the background.


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
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 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: 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 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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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 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 intermodal facility, Richmond, California

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's intermodal facility, Richmond, California
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1960 and 1969
This black and white photograph shows an aerial view of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's intermodal facility in Richmond, California.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's intermodal transportation system

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's intermodal transportation system
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This photograph shows diesel engine #327 from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company beside a ATSF semi-trailer truck. In the railroad industry the trailers travels on flat cars, (TOFC), commonly referred to as a piggy-back service. This intermodal form of transportation between the railroad and trucking services allow for freight to be delivered in half the time.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's piggy-back facilities, Clovis, New Mexico

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's piggy-back facilities, Clovis, New Mexico
Creator: Bradley, R.C.
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This black and white photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's piggy-back facilities at Clovis, New Mexico. In the railroad industry the trailer travels on flat cars (TOFC) 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's piggy-back trailer

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's piggy-back trailer
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1950s and 1960s
This black and white photograph shows an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company piggy-back trailer. In the railroad industry the trailer travels on flat cars ,(TOFC), 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.


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