The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe [Sante Fe and Disneyland Railroad]


Promotional pamphlet for the Sante Fe & Disneyland Railroad, the year after the park’s opening.

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Walt Disney was a tremendous rail enthusiast, even going so far as to install a backyard railroad in his Los Angeles home in the late 1940’s. He drew the triangular route for the iconic Disneyland Railroad himself, but a sponsorship with the Atchison, Topeka, and Sante Fe led to the acquisition of naming rights for the attraction until 1974. In a partial effort to recoup their investment, the AT&SF prominently featured Disneyland in their promotional material, including this brochure (though interestingly credit is attributed to Walt Disney Productions on the verso).

The quaint pictorial map shows a simplified overview of the company’s routes from Chicago across the Southwest to California. A border of Native American symbols adds to the regional identity, which is stereotypical and reflective of contemporary culture in the mid-1950’s. Twelve locations of interest along the lines are listed along the bottom.

The verso features a stylized map of Disneyland shortly after the park’s opening, along with photographs and advertisements. “Highlight of your visit to Disneyland is a trip on the old-time trains of the Sante Fe & Disneyland Railroad. Exact 5/8 scale reproductions of early day Santa Fe trains operate over the 1-1/8 mile railway that completely encircles the park. All aboard!” Further text describes Sante Fe’s new train cars, the Hi-Level El Capitain, first introduced in 1956.


Map Details

Publication Date: 1956

Author: Walt Disney Productions

Sheet Width (in): 11.75

Sheet Height (in): 9.75

Condition: B

Condition Description: The lower right corner is torn and missing. There is an uneven closed tear, about 1" long, visible in the midst of some surface soiling near Lubbock, Texas. Some additional soiling and tape repairs visible in the margins. Almost good condition overall.


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