Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society has an extensive
collection of materials related to the history of the Santa Fe Railroad
and it's predecessors. These pertain to management, construction,
structures and operations but do not include any personnel records.
To the best of our Knowledge, the majority of Santa Fe Railroad
and Railway personnel records prior to the 1930's no longer exist.
During mergers and reorganizations such material was seen as of
no further corporate use and was destroyed. In this era of litigation,
the Santa Fe like most railroads, do not allow access to what personnel
records that may have survived. Our historical society in consequence
has none of this type of material.
We are working to make our site searchable. At which time if by
a miracle a name you are interested in is mentioned in any material
on our site you will be able to find the document that the name
is in. This is a one and several billion chance as the only time
individuals are mentioned is in certain oral histories and occasionally
in Meades or the Splinters in connection with construction or disaster.
Other wise we have no resources that would be of help in a genealogical
After 1936 the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board has kept records of
railroad employees and for a fee will research their records for
dead employees. See http://www.rrb.gov/geneal.html
Ed Dabler October 1999
I have offered these additional reference sources in my response
to questions. These include Miss Ellen Halteman, Librarian, California
State Railroad Museum, 111 "I" Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, phone
916.445.6645, and email "email@example.com" and an article entitled
"Railroad Records for Genealogical Research" by Wendy L. Elliott,
published in Vol. 75, No. 4 (December 1987, pp. 271-277 of the Genealogical
Society Quarterly. The address for the Genalogical Society is 4527
Seventeenth Street North, Arlington, VA 22207-2363