The Santa Fe Railway in Nebraska
The "Grain Funnel" At Superior
By Richard C. Kistler
80 pages, hardcover
Who would have believed that the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway once operated in Nebraska? It happened at Superior, Nebraska. This state-line town located in south-central Nebraska has for more than a century been at the top of an enormous grain funnel that pours down into shipping ports on the Gulf of Mexico. In the past, this resulted in some intensive and interesting branch-line railroading by the Santa Fe. That legacy continues today with trains and motive power of the contemporary BNSF system.
This book by longtime Nebraska railroad historian Richard Kistler features rare photo coverage of AT&SF steam, mixed train service and Santa Fe F-unit "Warbonnets" in Nebraska. Also featured are maps and illustrations of Superior's rail facilities. Included are stories about Santa Fe freights which received orders from a Chicago & North Western Railway agent who hadn't seen a C&NW train in four years, plus grain that moved in everything from refrigerator cars to cement hoppers. Extensive coverage is given to the very unusual joint track and yard arrangement in Nebraska between the AT&SF and C&NW, the only location where such an arrangement existed!