“On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe”

The Santa Fe was one of the first railroads to add dining cars to its passenger trains in 1891, and dining along the Santa Fe was often a wonderful experience. Whether on board in a dining car or at one of the many Harvey House restaurants that were located throughout the Santa Fe system, travelers could count on a fine meal. The Santa Fe’s passenger service inspired the title of the 1946 Academy-Award-winning Johnny Mercer tune “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe.” The song was written in 1945 for the film The Harvey Girls, a story about the waitresses of the Fred Harvey Company’s restaurants. It was sung in the film by Judy Garland and recorded by many other singers, including Bing Crosby.

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