Tuesday, June 17, 2014
I've been working on the railroad (collection)!
Well, I have to confess it's not really much of a collection. The only 'authentic' Santa Fe Railroad items I have are a few vintage postcards from the 50s . Mostly I have pins and reproduced badges. I became interested in the Santa Fe line when I first saw my father's train set as it rolled around our Christmas tree many, many years ago.
The place I bought these newest items is the Galveston Railroad Museum. The museum is housed in the former Santa Fe Union Station. They have two wonderfully restored ATSF Warbonnets numbered Santa Fe 315 and 316 among numerous other train cars and engines. The place took a huge hit during Hurricane Ike in 2008 and was under about eight feet of water but it's been refurbished and is better than ever. The progress the staff has made is remarkable.
The shot glass and pins at the top come from the museum shop and are the latest additions to a modest cache of Santa Fe items. Here is a shot I took when we visited the museum about a month ago.
Two of my vintage postcards:
Nothing in my Santa Fe 'collection' is worth more than the couple of bucks I paid for each item but I like having them on display among my sports stuff.