The Hi-Level El Capitan in 1956

This brochure is almost exactly the same as a 1961 edition shown here previously. But this one is dated June 10, 1956, nearly a month before Santa Fe’s Budd-built hi-level cars went into service on the El Capitan.

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Other than the date and the names of some Santa Fe agents, the only significant change to the brochure was the cover picture. This version shows the El Capitan cruising across the New Mexico landscape. The 1961 version showed people getting of the hi-level lounge car (which normally wouldn’t open up for passenger boarding and deboarding). That image was based on a publicity photo that probably wasn’t available when Santa Fe designed the 1956 edition of this brochure.

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