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Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company Architectural Drawings

Identifier: SWA-ATSF-Drawings

Scope and Content

The Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company Architectural Drawings Collection is compiled of plans from original buildings at the Albuquerque railroad yard complex. Some items included are plans for the New Boiler Shop and Old Machine Shop, the Sheet Metal House, the Tender Repair Shop, the Yard Crane Runway, the General Foreman’s Offices, the Pit Track Alignment at the New Machine Shop, and the New Fire Department.


  • 1917-1925


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Historical Background

The Santa Fe Railroad system arrived in New Mexico in 1880. Proclaimed a U.S. territory, New Mexico was the next logical city for the “Iron Horse." The railroad tracks were erected a mile east of the Albuquerque Plaza, in what was then called “New Albuquerque." The Atlantic and Pacific Railroad was the original occupant of Albuquerque’s new train terminal, which eventually became known as the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company.

The Santa Fe Railway Company promoted Albuquerque as more elite than Europe and the Orient. Many jobs were generated through the railway’s passenger trains, yards, and shops. Businesses like Albuquerque’s Alvarado Hotel also benefited from the railway system, which initially attracted many newcomers to the area looking for work and later to tourists partaking in the new age of transcontinental train travel. Migrants and tourists to the city brought new languages, customs, and faiths, developing Albuquerque’s cultural climate. The trains carried construction materials for new businesses, and downtown neighborhoods, helping to establish the area’s commercial and residential districts.


1 drawer (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company collection is compiled of plans for the original railroad buildings in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 1917 through 1925. The plans are copies of layout plans.

Related Archival Material

Burnham and Root Montezuma Hotel Drawings Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections, University of New Mexico Libraries.

Processing Information

Processed November 2007
Findng Aid of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company Architectural Drawings, 1917-1925
E. Colburn
© 2008
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131