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Charles "Bud" Goebel Collection, The

Creator: Goebel, Charles (Charles J.), 1898-1987

Date: 1871-1976

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Ms. Coll. 176 (see also Kansas Memory)

Unit ID: 40176

Restrictions: Portions restricted per 42 U.S.C. 408 (a) (8); U.S. Social Security Administration.

Biographical sketch: Railroad employee, retiree, museum owner. Of Burlingame and other Kansas cities; Woodward, Okla.

Abstract: This collection consists of various kinds of railroad records. Most of the records were created by or relate to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company and include correspondence; way bills; engineering correspondence; payroll correspondence; general manager office files; correspondence concerning railroad passes; locomotive service reports; monthly reports on condition of power; monthly time books; circulars; publications; ticket sale reports; records concerning the Hours of Service Act, 1930; personnel matters; Eastern Division building records; lists of officers, stations, and agents; and train dispatcher rosters. In addition there are several oversize volumes and blueprints of the Santa Fe logo. The collection includes maps & blueprints and 1 folder of Santa Fe emblems.

Space Required/Quantity: 58 cubic ft. (24 boxes + 103 v., 21 maps, 1 folder : oversize))

Title (Main title): Charles "Bud" Goebel Collection, The

Titles (Other):

  • Collection
  • Charles "Bud" Goebel collection of various records relating primarily to railroads
  • The Charles "Bud" Goebel Railroad Collection
  • Goebel RR Collection (ATSF/Burlingame)
  • Charles "Bud" Goebel Railroad Collection


Biog. Sketch (Full):

Charles "Bud" Goebel was born near Burlingame, Kansas, on 27 June 1898, the son of Charles and Mary E. O'Mara Goebel. He started work for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company 9 October 1917 and was an employee of the Railway for nearly forty-six years. He started as a cashier in Burlingame; two years later he was transferred to Woodward, Oklahoma, only to be transferred back to Kansas (Osage City) within three months.

In 1933 Bud moved to Emporia, where he served as rate clerk and night warehouse foreman. He moved to Topeka as chief clerk to the agent in 1940. Eleven years later he became the freight agent in Atchison, the position from which he retired on 30 June 1963.

He married Frances Lafferty 30 June 1920, at Osage City; she died 26 April 1937. He married for the second time to Pearl Harding on 4 September 1943; she died 24 July 1976. His son, Kenneth, died in 1943 at the age of 22, and his daughter, Barbara (Brooks), died 10 July 1986.

Mr. Goebel belonged to several railroad historical societies as well as to the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka.

He died in Topeka on 5 January 1987 at the age of 88.

Scope and Content

Scope and content: This collection consists of thirty-four oversize volumes of various kinds of railroad records, a good many of which are payroll records for the Eastern and Gulf divisions of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company; there are also 15 document boxes which contain a variety of records: some engineering correspondence (Santa Fe); motive power reports which include fuel performance and locomotive testing reports; passes of all kinds; personnel and payroll records of the Santa Fe General Manager's Office in Topeka, Kansas; waybills, receipts, reports and orders from several different railroads; Burlingame(Santa Fe) station correspondence, including a few items from some other Kansas Santa Fe stations; several maps; drawings of Santa Fe emblems; ticket sales reports for the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway and the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad; a 1887 construction journal of the Chicago, Kansas & Western Railroad; various small journals and notebooks having to do with railroads; monthly time books (Santa Fe Gulf and Coast lines); and various records and correspondence relating to the hardware business of H.W. Filley & Sons in Burlingame, Kansas. Other oversize volumes contain reports of various kinds, vouchers, insurance schedules, a list of Santa Fe buildings and station demurrage payment for detention of freight cards beyond the usual time allowed at Alma, Kansas. Finally there is one folder of letters to Goebel's son, Kenneth, from Wiliam Mitchell, telling of his work with the Manhattan, Alma and Burlingame Railroad in 1939-1941.


  • Oversize volumes (1-34)
  • engineering correspondence (box 1)
  • motive power (box 2)
  • passes (boxes 3-4)
  • Topeka : General Manager's Office (boxes 5-6)
  • personnel matters (box 7)
  • waybills, receipts, reports, orders (box 8)
  • Burlingame and other Kansas stations (box 9)
  • Chicago, Kansas & Western construction journal, 1887 ; other non-Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway (ATSF) ticket sales reports, etc. (box 10)
  • various small journals, notebooks, etc. (box 11)
  • monthly time books (box 12)
  • H.W. Filley & Sons, Burlingame, Kan. (boxes 13-15)
  • letters to Kenneth Goebel from William A. Mitchell, 1939-1941 (box 15)
  • circulars, 1936-1962 ; Form 1578 Standard : Record of receipt and delivery of freight, 1919-1938 ; Rail line station agents monthly balance sheet, 1917-1921 ; circulars, Eastern Division [ATSF], 1966 ; advertisement scrapbook (box 16)
  • printed materials (boxes 17-19)
  • Official list of officials, station agents, station numbers, etc. (Form 599), 1891-1979 (boxes 20-21)
  • scrapbook of system advertisements, 1915-1946 ; Building record, Eastern Division [ATSF], 1929-1934 ; Train dispatchers senior roster, Eastern Division [ATSF], 1968 (box 22)
  • misc. railroad documents (boxes 23-24)

Specific Contents Identified:

Headings or descriptors assigned to subsections of the material, for example labels on a particular box or group of boxes.

  • 1 folder labeled "Goebel" A/V Collection: photographs: ATSF property; various individuals; Union Station, Kansas City
  • 1 oversize folder - ATSF emblem blueprints, no date
  • 1 rolled item
  • 11 rolled items
  • 21 - 5" document cases and 3 - 2.5" document cases (circa 1877-1974)
  • 25 volumes (approx.) - dating 1887-1930: ATSF Eastern Branch payrolls, timesheets, record of employees, Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad records
  • 3 volumes - Ticket sales and destinations monthly reports, 1933-1942; Passanger rates scrapbook, 1870-1879; Freight and passanger reports, 1937-1938
  • 5 volumes - 1901-1922: ATSF Demurrage record book, payroll for Topeka station including general superintendent office
  • 57 volumes - 1900-1966: general manager and superintendent payrolls, timsheets, record of employees, service letters, Panhandle & Santa Fe Railway Company, employment records at Leavenworth
  • Oversize photograph
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Related Records or Collections

Associated materials: Artifacts donated with this collection: In the Kansas Museum of History, Kansas Historical Society (Topeka); cf. http://www.kshs.org/p/online-exhibits-kansas-collectors-part-7/10619

Other Finding Aid/Index: Finding aid (boxes 1-15) (PDF format): Guide to Charles Goebel railroad collection


Finding Aid Bibliography: Kansas State Historical Society. "Objects and Heirlooms." http://www.kshs.org/resource/kmhcoll.htm (accessed October 2, 2009).

Index Terms


    Atchison Union Depot and Railroad Company
    Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company
    Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
    Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company -- Records and correspondence
    Bangor and Aroostock Railroad
    Chicago and Alton Railroad Company
    Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company
    Chicago, Kansas and Western Railroad
    Chicago, Kansas, and Nebraska Railway
    Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway Company
    Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway
    Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad
    H.W. Filley & Sons
    Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad Company
    Hocking Valley and Toledo Railway
    International Association of Machinsts and Aerospace Workers
    Manhattan, Alma and Burlingame Railway Company
    Missouri Pacific Railway Company
    Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company
    North Missouri Railroad Company
    Pacific Express Company
    Panhandle and Santa Fe Railway Company
    Southern Kansas Railway
    St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad Company
    Business records -- United States
    Burlingame (Kan.)
    United States
    Woodward (Okla.)
    Goebel, Charles (Charles J.), 1898-1987
    Goebel, Kenneth (Kenneth C.), 1921-1943
    Green, L. W
    Mitchell, William A
    Locomotives -- Kansas
    Railroad engineering
    Railroads -- Kansas
    Railroads -- United States
    Railroads -- United States -- Equipment and supplies -- Collectors and collecting

Creators and Contributors

Additional Information for Researchers

Restrictions: Portions restricted per 42 U.S.C. 408 (a) (8); U.S. Social Security Administration.

Use and reproduction: Information on copyright available from the Kansas Historical Society (Topeka).

Ownership/Custodial Hist.: Records collected by Charles "Bud" Goebel over a period of time and displayed in a museum he operated 1963-81 in the former Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway depot in Burlingame, Kan.

Add'l physical form: Selected items: Also available via Kansas Memory, Electronic resource. Topeka, Kan. : Kansas State Historical Society, 2007. http://www.kansasmemory.org/locate.php?categories=4905-6613&

Cite as: Charles "Bud" Goebel collection, 1871-1976, Ms. Coll. 176, Kansas State Historical Society.

Action note: Finding aid written by Constance Libbey Menninger, 1986; revised by Robert A. McInnes, 2001.