Old 11-30-2005, 01:23 AM   #1
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Was the Santa Fe a railway or a railroad? Thanks.
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Old 11-30-2005, 01:30 AM   #2
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It was a railroad.
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Old 11-30-2005, 01:42 AM   #3
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It became "Railway" when BN merged with ATSF.
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Old 11-30-2005, 02:47 AM   #4
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Actually, I don't think it matters what you call it....

rail·way
Pronunciation: -"wA
Function: noun
: RAILROAD; especially : a railroad operating with light equipment or within a small area

rail·road
Pronunciation: 'rA(&)l-"rOd, 're(&)l-; 're-"rOd
Function: noun
: a permanent road having a line of rails fixed to ties and laid on a roadbed and providing a track for cars or equipment drawn by locomotives or propelled by self-contained motors; also : such a road and its assets constituting a single property

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Old 11-30-2005, 03:08 AM   #5
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Not positive, but I thought it was the AT&SF Railway. I'm sure someone with a greater understanding of railroad history can explain the rationale of the difference. Often the "railway" versus "railroad" changes come about through reorginization. A few notables in the name..

The Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railway went bankrupt in 1914 and was reorganized as the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad.

Southern carriers often used Railway. Such as the Southern Railway and the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway.

One interesting name is regional Indiana Rail Road. It is not Indiana Railroad because that was the name of the famous interurban line. So when the regional was founded, they split the Railroad into Rail Road.
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I'm almost positive it was Railway, could be wrong though.
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Old 11-30-2005, 07:21 PM   #7
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I'm almost positive it was Railway, could be wrong though.
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Not positive, but I thought it was the AT&SF Railway.
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It became "Railway" when BN merged with ATSF.
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It was a railroad.
2 for Railroad. I'll take a trip down to the railroad tracks and look at one of the old Santa Fe "No Tresspassing" signs.
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Old 11-30-2005, 08:17 PM   #8
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Here is a historic (slow loading) map that shows "Railroad."

http://www.rootsweb.com/~canmaps/1922/RR/ATSF-RY.html

Here are some legal papers for "Railway."

http://www.kscourts.org/kscases/supc...1206/74678.htm
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2 for Railroad. I'll take a trip down to the railroad tracks and look at one of the old Santa Fe "No Tresspassing" signs.
On the BNSF around here their signs say "NO TRESSPASSING BN INC."
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Old 11-30-2005, 10:43 PM   #10
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Railway it is, at least pre-BNSF.
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Railway it is, at least pre-BNSF.
Well, that answered the question. Thanks for your help everyone!
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I would have to say that the timetable wins it!
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Old 12-01-2005, 01:28 AM   #13
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Don't be so sure!
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Ruh roh...the plot thickens.
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Old 12-01-2005, 01:44 AM   #15
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OK, here's the scoop! Prior to 1895, it was the AT&SF Railroad. In 1893, the AT&SF RR went bankrupt and two years later was successfully reorganized as the AT&SF Railway. Bam!
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Good researching!
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