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Santa Fe Railway's train No. 6 "The Ranger" northbound, departing from the Ardmore, Oklahoma depot. The city of Ardmore is in the background. June 1916.

   ["The Ranger" in Ardmore, Oklahoma], photograph, June 1916; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth28920/m1/1/?q=train: accessed June 17, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Museum of the American Railroad.

Santa Fe Railway train No. 6 The Ranger northbound, departing from the Ardmore, Oklahoma depot.

The Ranger

The Ranger was a named passenger train operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad between Chicago, Illinois and Galveston, Texas. The train began in 1916 and ran the same route as the Santa Fe's streamlined Texas Chief. During the 1940's, the Ranger would consist of up to four coaches and six sleepers. After the Texas Chief was introduced in 1948, the train was reduced to just two coaches and two sleepers plus several head-end express, baggage and mail cars.

In the 1950's, the Ranger's route was shortened to Kansas City to Galveston, and in  June of 1957 from Kansas City to Houston. The train was never fully streamlined, however, it was pulled by streamlined diesel locomotives by 1937. The Texas Chief became the premiere train on the route and the Ranger was discontinued on May 29, 1960.

The Ranger Consist

Train 5 - June 1959 - Kansas City to Houston

HW RPO-Baggage - Ft Worth to Houston
Express - Box or Baggage - No. 112 Dallas to Ft Worth, No. 5 to Houston - Ex Sundays
Baggage-Mail - No. 112 Dallas to Ft Worth, #No. to Houston
Express - Box - Kansas City to Topeka - Ex Mondays
Mail-Express - Baggage - Kansas City to Okla City
Storage Mail - Baggage - Kansas City to Okla City
Express - Baggage/Box - Kansas City to Okla City -Wed-Thur-Fri-Sat
Express - Baggage/Box - No. 9 Chicago to Ft Worth, Kansas City to Ft Worth - Ex Mon
Storage Mail - Baggage - No. 9 Chicago to Ft Worth, Kansas City to Ft Worth - Ex Mon
HW RPO-Baggage - Kansas City to Ft Worth - No clerks Sundays
Express - Box - No. 9 Chicago to Kansas City, No. 5 to Houston - Saturdays
Bag-Mail-Express - Baggage/Box - No. 9 Chicago to Kansas City, Kansas City to Houston
HW Coach - Kansas City to Houston
HW Coach - Kansas City to Houston
Sleeper 6-6-4 - Valley Type - No. 9 Chicago to Kansas City, No. 5 to Topeka

See also:

Texas Chief

AT&SF

Named Passenger Trains

The diesel-powered Santa Fe Ranger in Big Canyon, April of 1937.
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Santa Fe's No. 1, with two diesel units heading "The Ranger" train No. 6, northbound, with a consist of ten cars, in Big Canyon near Arbuckle, Oklahoma, April 1937.

 ["The Ranger" near Arbuckle, Oklahoma], photograph, April 1937; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth28803/: accessed June 17, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Museum of the American Railroad.

The Ranger drumhead