248 pages softcover
For over a century Santa Fe Railway's management and executives had at their disposal a fleet of railroad cars designed for business. Completely self-contained, a Business car served as a mobile office and allowed an official to visit his territory first hand, and stop and talk with employees on the way. The first cars built expressly for this purpose were delivered in 1893. Santa Fe was unique in also having a fleet of "junior edition" Business cars for the more prosaic service of a Division Superintendent, a tradition that was carried into the heavyweight era. Rostered along side the Business car fleet was a wide variety of interesting special purpose cars. This volume covers in detail these cars, from wooden 'Official' cars of the 1890s through the sophisticated stainless steel cars of the 1950s and more recent Director's cars, to such esoteric equipment as Dynamometer cars, Locomotive Simulators and 'theater' cars.