Like lightning flashing across the desert sky, the Chief streaks by, resplendent in its ""warbonnet"" livery. This splendid illustrated history of the Santa Fe Railroad’s flagship passenger trains carries readers back to an era of luxury travel on America’s rails when movie stars and moguls booked their places on the Chief for the 40-hour trip from Chicago to Los Angeles faster even than Amtrak’s Southwest Chief today. The story of America’s most celebrated passenger train, the nation’s first diesel-poweed streamliner from its first run in 1936 to its takeover by Amtrak in 1971 also includes cocverage of the Santa Fe’s other Chiefs, including the Texas and San Francisco.
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Bill Yenne is the San Francisco-based author of more than four dozen books on military and historical topics. He is also a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.Review:
Trains, February 2006 (circ.: 101,700; Web site) Yenne takes us back in time to trace the origins of the Chiefs, describe their heyday, and examine their remnants under Amtrak. It’s a poignant trip that makes us yearn for yesteryear.”
O Scale Trains Magazine, May 28, 2006
“It’s one of those rare books that can spark a lifetime of interest in railroads. It’s also a worthy addition to any passenger train modeler’s bookshelf, especially fans of western railroading during the glory era.
“Not strictly a history, not strictly a photo book, Santa Fe Chiefs, combines the best of both genres with excellent layout and printing quality ... It’s a great book for yourself, or for the budding railfan in your life.”
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