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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 & 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, 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'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
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: 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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 six packer

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company six packer
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: January 1977
This technical drawing by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company shows two end units and one intermediate unit of a "six packer". This rolling stock is commonly associated with intermodal transportation.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's piggyback car

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's piggyback car
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1956
This black and white photograph shows a switchman riding point next to an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's #F3202 trailer on a cut of piggyback cars.


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.


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