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Topeka one windy day in October 1868, an optimistic entrepreneur
named Cyrus K. Holliday turned a shovel of Kansas loam and started
what someday would be the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway.
Santa Fe would become: A darling of Wall Street. A believer in overland
travel by train long after most other railroads had given up on
the idea. Sometimes, a venturesome innovator in the hardware of
railroading. Sometimes, an ignorer of policies and practices long
held dear to the railroad industry. Perhaps, the most prolific exponent
of the artistry and craftsmanship of southwest native Americans.
well on its fascinating history, Santa Fe set the pace.
would hardly recognize his Santa Fe today. But we think he'd be
delighted with how many individuals around this world follow and
study Santa Fe's history -- and how many distill and display Santa
Fe's operations and traditions in scale models. Perhaps Holliday,
were he still around, would join the Santa Fe Railway Historical
and Modeling Society! No doubt about it, if you have an interest
in the Santa Fe, you should join. And here's your chance!
is the world's principal independent organization devoted to preserving,
studying, and sharing information about all aspects of the history
of the Santa Fe and about modeling its operations, equipment, and
structures. To students or teachers of history, to casual observers,
to model builders, SFRH&MS can be a matchless source
of material about the Santa Fe in all its manifestations. to take
advantage of what SFRH&MS offers, you must be a member.
history of SFRH&MS goes back to the late 1960s, to an
organization that involved itself principally in model railroading
with a Santa Fe flavor. In mid-1994, what by then was the Santa
Fe Modelers Organization joined with the Santa Fe Railway Historical
Society, a smaller group with a specific interest in the history
of the railroad. The result: today's broader, stronger SFRH&MS.
owns and is cataloging a sizable archive of Santa Fe papers and
artifacts. It works with other who also own significant collections.
For historians and modelers alike, SfRH&MS publishes
books and other materials designed to convey information about the
Santa Fe's operations and rolling equipment and its buildings and
other structures. It provides a line of products designed to help
model railroaders build accurate representations of the Santa Fe.
members meet in convention each summer at a location on the Santa
Fe. They hear experts in Santa Fe history and modeling conduct a
contest to determine who can build the best models of Santa Fe equipment
and structures, tour places of Santa Fe interest, and see to the
business of the Society.
produces a quarterly magazine, The Warbonnet, in which it
explores both the history of and how best to model the Santa Fe.
invite you to join with us in exploring all that this fascinating
members are modelers of Santa Fe's operations past and present and
historians, researchers, and writers who concentrate on Santa Fe's
long and notable history. The Society maintains an archive of Santa
Fe papers and articles and provides both modelers and historians
with accurate information abou the Santa Fe.