Santa Fe Southern operates 18 miles of track between Lamy and Santa Fe in north-central New Mexico. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe completed the construction of the line in 1880, as a branch line to Santa Fe from a connection with Santa Fe’s main line at Lamy. Santa Fe operated the line until selling it to Santa Fe Southern in 1992.
Santa Fe Southern operates both freight and passenger service along this line, offering passengers and tourists the chance to “ride a working freight” through the foothills of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains south of Santa Fe. Passenger service varies according to the time of year and certain special events, but trains normally operate on a Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday / Sunday schedule from November through March, and daily except Friday the rest of the year. Special trains operate on holidays such as Easter Sunday, Mothers’ Day, Memorial Day, Fathers’ Day, the Fourth of July, and other times of special seasonal importance. Visit Santa Fe Southern’s website at http://www.sfsr.com for more information on days and times of operation.
Santa Fe Southern operates its railroad with just two locomotives: GP7 92, the former ATSF 2075; and GP16 93, a former Seaboard engine. The railroad also has an interesting collection of cabooses and old passenger cars and coaches at its headquarters in Santa Fe. The town of Santa Fe is a popular tourist destination, and the Santa Fe Southern is definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.