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Santa Fe's Super Chief

The Super Chief passenger train making a stop in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in March 1943. Note that the locomotives are being fueled from tank cars as steam locomotives were still more common at this date.

The streamlined Super Chief was the first diesel-powered, all-Pullman sleeping car train in America, and it eclipsed the Chief as Santa Fe's standard bearer. The extra-fare Super Chief made its maiden run from Dearborn Station in Chicago on May 18, 1937, and covered the 2,225 miles (3,581 km) to Los Angeles over recently-upgraded tracks in just 39 hours and 45 minutes (often exceeding 100 mph / 161 km/h in the process).

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