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Further Models and Scenes and an Animation of the Old Santa Fe Passenger Depot in Winfield, KS

3D model of Santa Fe Passenger Depot

3D Model of Santa Fe Passenger Depot
Designed by the architectural firm of J. C. Holland & Company
3D Studio MAX model by W. W. Bottorff

This is the working model. Latest version 4/9/97. Roof lines adjusted. Trim paint changed to light green which is the way I remember it in 1957-1960 or so. The roof is greyed out maybe too much. Jim Davis had taken a picture of the old foundation, which is still in place, so that I can get a realistic background. Maybe we can get one with a modern train going by?

Notes and Comments from email:

Subject: Re: Old Winfield Santa Fe Passenger Depot
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 1997
From: Phil Jarvis
To: "William W. Bottorff"

Terrific start on the depot. My recollection is that the water standpipe
was at the other end of the building. In addition I recall that the
windows weren't as high as you have them plus it appears there is some type
of screen on the top which I don't think there was. The building itself
was red brick with (I think) a tile roof instead of wood shingles. If I
can recall add'l details I'll let you know, but as I said before - good start.

Phil Jarvis
Subject: Re: Old Winfield Santa Fe Passenger Depot
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 1997
To: "William W. Bottorff"

Bill, thiis is not only remarkable, but "real neat". I did a print
out of it and have the following comments from personal observation previous
to the destruction of the place years ago.:::
1. I think the water spout for the engines was at the NORTH end, not the south.
2. The entire north end, where the arches are in this picture, was OPEN.
3. There is an EXCELLENT photograph of the station available. If you don't have it available, I can scan a copy of it for you if you'd like.

I don't recall the sign reading "Santa Fe", but will take a good look when I see the photograph again.


Re: Old Winfield Santa Fe Passenger Depot
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 97
From: "Jim Davis"
To: "William W. Bottorff"
1 , 2
the building looks real close to what it was . The two far doors on the right were used to house the pull freight carts that were used to un- load the freight from the train. (i used to watch that a lot). 'the big arch doors on the left were a walk in waiting room for the passangers and there bags .thoses doors were non-excesting in the 50's. it was all open air.



View of baggage cart leaving storage area

view from south

View from south

south view

3D Stereo, South View with baggage cart.

model set

The version 12 model set into a photograph of the old site taken from the levee by Jim Davis.

south view

Stereo Image, South View with DM&A Engine #5

levee picture

The version 13 (night time) model set into Levee picture.

south view

3D Stereo Image, South View, loaded baggage cart, lights under cover, lights on sign.

south view

3D Stereo Image, South View slightly different viewpoint.

version 14

The version 14 (ray traced lighting with shadows) from the South.

south view

3D Stereo Image, South, good shadows, dramatic view.

day time scene

Day Time scene Levee Picture, Windows Dimmed

picture from 14th Street

Picture from 14th Street with modern freight train passing.

Santa Fe station

Photograph of old Santa Fe station with DM&A Engine #4, Chautauqua, headed north.

depot model

The model dropped into the original background.


Photographic comparison of the model to the original. Several things still not quite right.

The Site of the Santa Fe Passenger Depot Today.
South of 14th Street, just east of the levee, on the west side of Winfield, Kansas.

Santa Fe Depot

This is the view of the old Santa Fe Passenger Depot Site, looking east from the levee, south of 14th Street.


This is the sign telling passengers (if there were any) that they are, indeed, in Winfield. The fenced storage area in the background is the site of the old foundation.

toward 14th Street

A little further back toward 14th Street.


A current day train passing the old site.


No passengers in sight at this site. Note the old brick paving, under the asphault in the driveway.

Original Architects Drawing of Santa Fe Passenger Depot

Original Architects Drawing of Santa Fe Passenger Depot


Cowley County Historical Society Museum