Santa Fe's Chicagoan at Dallas, Texas, circa 1966. Photo by Lt. Col. D.A. Woodworth, Jr.
At the train's inception, each of the two trainsets consisted of the following units:
One EMC E1A 1,800 hp Diesel locomotive
One Baggage 30-foot or Railway Post Office car
Three 52 seat coaches
One 26 seat coach or 30-seat club lounge car
One 48 seat dining car
One 32 seat parlor observation
On April 17, 1938, the Santa Fe introduced a pair of day trains using lightweight, streamlined cars from the Budd Company. These two, seven-car, lightweight, streamlined trains operated the 663-mile route in 12-3/4 hours between end points. Shortly after entering service the train's western terminal would be moved to Oklahoma City, extending running times by three hours.
The inaugural runs of the two lightweight streamliners were operated with Electro-Motive Corporation E1A units numbered 8 and 9, but within a month the Santa Fe assigned 1 and 10 the numbers of the old Santa Fe Box Cab Diesel Passenger units 1A and 1B. After being rebuilt in the Santa Fe's Topeka Shops with an elevated cab at one end only and a new nose added at that same end, they really resembled two E1A units that had been involved in a head on collision, and the shops repainted the results in the Santa Fe "war bonnet" paint scheme. These became the regular power for the trains.
The Chicagoan and Kansas Cityan both received new full-length "Big Dome" lounges in 1954.
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