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Amarillo in Potter County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

A.T. & S.F. No. 5000

“Madam Queen”

 
 
A.T. & S.F. No. 5000 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
1. A.T. & S.F. No. 5000 Marker
Inscription. A star of the age of steam transportation. Pride of Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, which came into Texas in 1886, has its Panhandle and Santa Fe General Offices in Amarillo, and served much of this area.

Manufactured at the cost of $133,902.80 by world-famed Baldwin Locomotive Works, according to designs made by Santa Fe engineers. "Pilot" locomotive of its type, a model and champion in power and speed.

When this locomotive went into service in December 1930, Santa Fe (like other American railways) had ceased to name engines for officers or celebrities, but called them by number. This was No. 5000.

But one of the first engineers to steer it over the rails affectionately called it "Madam Queen", for a character in radio's popular "Amos and Andy" show.

Gallant, faithful, swift, and strong, "Madam Queen" ran for more than 1,750,000 miles. Prior to diesels, this was the greatest of Santa Fe's locomotives. Its tender held 20,000 gallons of water and 7,107 gallons of fuel. Locomotive and tender weighed 662,500 pounds. Tractive force was 93,000 pounds. Boiler pressure, 300 pounds per square inch.

Retired from service, November 1953, the "Queen" was given to City of Amarillo on April 19, 1957.
 
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee.
A.T. & S.F. No. 5000 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
2. A.T. & S.F. No. 5000 Marker
(Marker Number 57.)
 
Location. 35° 12.681′ N, 101° 49.814′ W. Marker is in Amarillo, Texas, in Potter County. Marker is at the intersection of SE 2nd Avenue and South Lincoln Street, on the right when traveling west on SE 2nd Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Amarillo TX 79101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Worth and Denver City Railway (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry B. Sanborn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rick Husband (approx. mile away); Potter County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Potter County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Potter County Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fisk Medical Arts & Professional Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); American Mammoths (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amarillo.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
A.T. & S.F. No. 5000 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
3. A.T. & S.F. No. 5000
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 17, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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