Santa Fe Southern Railway
|Santa Fe Southern Railway|
Santa Fe Depot, with a Rail Runner Express train (right), alongside a diesel locomotive and ex-Santa Fe Pleasure Dome operated by the SFSR
|Locale||Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA|
|Dates of operation||1992–present|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Santa Fe Southern|
The Santa Fe Southern Railway (reporting mark SFSR) is a short line railroad in New Mexico, United States. It carries both passengers and freight between Lamy and Santa Fe, a distance of 18.1 miles (29.1 km). It is a tourist railroad that also carries freight: the passenger cars are classical and most passengers are tourists.
It began operations in 1992, after the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (now part of Burlington Northern Santa Fe) ended operations on the line and a group of local businesspeople purchased the line, initially operating freight service, but subsequently adding passenger trains. Currently, the railroad operates mixed trains, hauling freight, which consists largely of building supplies, and passengers, which run at least twice a week, depending on the season. It also operates occasional charter and special trains.
The railroad's business fluctuates greatly; in 2004, it hauled 401 carloads of freight, and in 2007 carried 25,907 passengers, but in 2009 these counts decreased to 25 and 12,208, both record lows.
On August 12, 2012, the railroad was featured in the AMC TV series Breaking Bad season 5 episode "Dead Freight", in which one of the railroad's locomotives was delayed at a highway crossing in order to facilitate theft of 1,000 gallons of the industrial chemical methylamine from a tank car near the end of the train. In the credits, special thanks were given to the railroad for making the episode possible.
The railroad operates several coaches formerly owned by the Central Railroad of New Jersey, as well as an ex-Santa Fe Pleasure Dome, a flatcar, and a caboose. Motive power consists of two EMD GP7s, one rebuilt to GP16 specifications.
An article in the Santa Fe New Mexican dated May 23, 2013 stated, "Company officials said last October that they were shutting down for the season as usual. But this week, the board chairman said he had laid off all 11 or 12 full-time staffers, as well as a similar number of seasonal employees, at that time, and he doesn’t expect to operate at all this year." 
On April 24, 2014, the Las Vegas Railway Express (LVRE) announced that it had reached an agreement with the Santa Fe Southern to jointly operate excursion trains that summer. LVRE would provide the capital to restore the line to operating condition, while Santa Fe Southern would operate the trains. On September 26, LVRE informed the Santa Fe Southern that they would be terminating the operation, effective on the 29th.
- Lustig, David (July 2010). "Santa Fe Southern". Trains Magazine (Kalmbach Publishing).
- "Lamy Freight Run". Santa Fe Southern Railway. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
- "Santa Fe Southern purchased by Australian high-tech company". Trains Magazine. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
- "Santa Fe boots short line from depot". Trains Magazine. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
- "X Train to operate Santa Fe Southern excursion trains". 24 April 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
- "Santa Fe Southern Railway ceases passenger service". Albuquerque Business First. 30 September 2014. Archived from the original on 23 October 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
- Santa Fe Southern Railway official website
- Santa Fe Southern Railway on trainweb.org, a railfan site, with photos
- Santa Fe Rail Trail
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