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The Russell Lee Crump Collection of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company Albuquerque Boiler Shop, Sheet Metal House and Machine Shop Architectural Remodeling Scanned Drawings

Identifier: SWA-ATSF Russell Lee Crump Scans

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of one CD with 35 scans (some are duplicates) showing drawings of the Albuquerque Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Machine Shop, and the remodeling of the Sheet Metal House into a new Boiler Shop.

The CD is located in a large folder filed in Stack 18, Drawer 20.

The dates are 1917, 1919 and 1922. They are part of the Russell Lee Crump Collection of Santa Fe Railroad Operations Records. He maintained records and a collection for the operational history of the line. These scans were given by Crump as a courtesy and in behalf of the ATSF Railroad to the Center for Southwest Research in 2005.

Some of the drawings from 1922 bear the name of the architect, E. A. Harrison, or Edward Alfred Harrison, who was the System Architect for the Santa Fe, in Topeka and Chicago. They add to our understanding of the buildings, equipment and operations at the Albuquerque railyard.

These images are related to the physical drawings in the CSWR SWA ATSF Collection, 1917-1925.

Crump also provided the Fray Angelico Chavez Library in Santa Fe with examples of maintenance letters, records, invoices and payrolls for the railroad in New Mexico and the greater Southwest from 1880-1913.

Among Crump’s work were two railroad books: Santa Fe Locomotive Facilities, Vol. 1, by Russell L. Crump, Stephen M. Priest and Cinthia Priest, Kansas City, Missouri, Paired Rail Railroad Publications, 2003 and Santa Fe Locomotive Facilities, Vol. 2, by Crump, Robert Walz and Stephen Priest and Cinthia Priest, 2013.

The CD is located in a large folder filed in Stack 18, Drawer 20.


  • 1917, 1919 and 1922


Biographical / Historical

Originally chartered in January 11, 1859, the Santa Fe Railroad was determined to open up the West and New Mexico. Offices of the railroad were located in Boston in 1859, later in New York City and Topeka, Kansas, and in 1895 in Chicago. Construction on the railroad began in 1869 and the line from Topeka, Kansas, to the Colorado state line was opened in December 23, 1873. The trains reached New Mexico in 1878 and rolled into Albuquerque on April 10, 1880. The city of Santa Fe was served by a spur line from Lamy, 18 miles away. In 1880 Albuquerque was designated as the railroad division point and the company built a depot, the railroad division offices and major repair shops. By the mid-1880s several substantial buildings, including locomotive and car repair shops and a large roundhouse had been erected. Other railyard facilities were added from 1914-1924 to service the line’s rolling stock. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Company eventually served Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. It merged to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway in 1996.

Crump, who lived in Kansas, was a Civil Engineer for the ATSF line. He worked in the area of Track Design, Construction and Maintenance and was Assistant Manager of the Clearance Engineering division of the railroad. He died about 2014.


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The collection contains one CD with various drawings scanned by Russell Lee Crump of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company Albuquerque Division Sheet Metal House, Machine Shop and new Boiler Shop that are dated 1917, 1919 and 1922.
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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