This book is the follow-up title to the author's first Santa Fe Locomotive Development book which told the story of modern steam locomotives on the Santa Fe Railway.
The publisher considers this book a brief illustrated narrative of the Santa Fe's ultimate journey to dieselization. but there are 420 pages of information that will satisfy most readers interested in this subject.
As this book is published by a historical society with limited means, the printing of this book is more budget-minded than the prior book. It is a hard-covered book, but with a laminated color cover (like the Four Ways West titles) and the pages are coated but not the high-gloss pages seen in the titles of other publishers. Therefore the B&W images seem to be more grainy than with the upgraded paper.
Foreword, pp. i-xxix
1922-1938: John Purcell, Charles Ripley, H. H. Lanning and Supreme Steam, pp. 1-16;
1934-1941: Samuel T. Bledsoe, Winton, Electro-Motive Corporation and Santa Fe Streamliners, pp. 17-46;
1941-1945: The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe and World War II, pp. 47-76;
1947-1948: J. M. Nicholson's 1947 Projected Motive Power Report, pp. 77-90;
1946-1959: The Santa Fe and ALCO-GE and the PA, pp. 91-126;
1946-1950: Fred G. Gurley Approaches Dieselization, pp. 127-148;
1934-1959: Cast Frames, Two versus Three Axles, Traction Motors and Grades, pp. 149-168;
1944-1948: Supreme Steam Revisited, pp 169-194;
1942-1959: The Legacy of the Super Chief and Diesel Motive Power Changes, pp. 195-214;
1948: The Illinois Division, Gurley's Postwar Preview of Dieselization, pp. 215-238;
1934-1959: Switchers, pp. 239-260;
1946-1953: Fairbanks-Morse, Baldwin 2600s, Transfer Switchers and E8ms, pp. 261-284;
1939-1955: GM's Electro-Motive Division FTs, F3s, F7s, F9s, GP7s and GP9s, pp. 285-308;
1954-1957: Steam Locomotives Leave Service, pp. 309-328;
1958-1959: Fred G. Gurley's "Second Generation" ALCO RSD15s and EMDs SD24s, pp. 329-344;
Afterword, pp. 345-348;
Acknowledgments, pp. 349-352;
Bibliography, pp. 353-360;
Index, pp. 361-386.
Railroad Artifact Preservation Sociey, hardcover, 420 pages, 8.75 x 11.5 x 1.5 in., B&W photographs and illustrations.