Owner: Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe
Model:FM H-12-44TSBuilt As:ATSF 541 (H-12-44TS)
Serial Number:12L1021Order No:
Frame Number:Built:5/1956
Notes:ret 6/1/72, to Allison Steel
Other locos with this serial:  ATSF 541(H-12-44TS)
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AT&SF H12-44TS 541
Title:  AT&SF H12-44TS 541
Description:  AT&SF H12-44TS 541 at Corwith Yard Shops in Chicago, Illinois on April 11, 1965, photo by Chuck Zeiler. I stuck my head inside the shops and snapped this photo before getting caught. By process of elimination, I determined this MIGHT be 541. Obviously it is being repainted, and looking at repaint dates at http://www.atsfrr.net/resources/CrossetGene/index.htm, number 541 fits the bill (rpnt to BYT2 paint bef 20May65). Number 541 was built by F-M in Beloit, Wisconsin during May 1956 (c/n 12L1021), retired June 1, 1972. It was one of only three such models built, AT&SF road numbers 541-543. Quoting from the book, Fairbanks-Morse Locomotives In Color, by Jim Boyd: "Shuffling passenger consists between Chicago's Dearborn Station and its 21st Street Coach Yard was a problem for the Santa Fe because the trains had to be supplied with steam heat during the moves. To solve the problem, in May 1956 Santa Fe had F-M build three unique boiler-equipped switchers (541-543). These H12-44TS units were essentially H12-44's placed on elongated underframes with the steam generator placed in a short hood behind the cab. Riding on switcher trucks, in spite of appearances, these units were not road switchers." One example, 543, exists today, I believe, at the Illinois Railway Museum, having previously been in the collection of the California State Railroad Museum..
Photo Date:  4/11/1965  Upload Date: 6/8/2010 11:47:32 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  ATSF 541(H-12-44TS)
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ATSF 541 Working Dearborn Station
Title:  ATSF 541 Working Dearborn Station
Photo Date:  3/13/1966  Upload Date: 1/12/2010 6:37:15 PM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Tom Golden
Locomotives:  ATSF 541(H-12-44TS)
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