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    Surfliner F59PHI's on the Southwest Chief

    On November 3 and 3, 2018, two more Amtrak Surfliner F59PHI locomotives moved across the country on the Southwest Chief. These two locomotives, Amtrak 452 and Amtrak 462, are part of a purchase by Metra in Chicago from Amtrak in California. Amtrak maintains a dedicated fleet of 15 EMD F59PHI...
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    A Collection of Private Varnish on the Southwest Chief

    Private cars, or Private Varnish is one of the beautiful sights on the Southwest Chief. Here are some that have visited New Mexico that we haven't previously shared. The Silver Splendor was built by the Budd Co. in 1956 as Chicago, Burlington & Quincy No. 4735, this stainless steel Vista-Dome...
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    West of the West Private Varnish on Amtrak in New Mexico!

    October means Balloon Fiesta time and a change of the weather. Roots on the Rails is a travel company that runs charter rail excursions and this year’s West of the West train from Los Angeles to Chicago via the Sunset Limited and then Chicago to Los Angeles via the Southwest Chief features...
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    Homage to the California Zephyr Cars

    Four California Zephyrs cars, the Silver Rapids, Silver Lariat, Silver Solarium, and Silver Peak were sold to the Cuyahoga Scenic Valley train. They have been a favorite catch in New Mexico and we will miss them. Here are several clips of them passing through Seattle on the Snow Train, in...
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    Amtrak Southwest Chiefs Meet in Bernalillo, NM!

    It's a very rare occurrence when Amtrak 3 and 4 meet in Bernalillo, New Mexico. Amtrak 4 has to be about 3 hours late and Amtrak 3 has to be on time. On August 10, 2018 I was monitoring the progress of both trains and realized that Amtrak 4 would be delayed at CP Hahn by a southbound...
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    A Tribute to Amtrak 822 in New Mexico

    Amtrak paint schemes (or "Phases", as they are referred to by Amtrak) are a series of liveries applied to the outside of their rolling stock. The livery phases appeared as different designs, with a majority using a red, white, and blue (the colors of the United States Flag) palette, except for...
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    A Tribute to Amtrak 156 in New Mexico

    Amtrak has five locomotives that commemorate the 40th anniversary of Amtrak service and these are painted to resemble past phases of Amtrak paint schemes. Amtrak 156 Phase I P42DC Amtrak 130 Phase II P42DC Amtrak 145 Phase III P42DC Amtrak 184 Phase IV P42DC Amtrak 822 Phase III...
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    Mikados on the Cumbres and Toltec

    June 1, 2018 and we come to Chama New Mexico to video D&RGW 315 making a special freight run from Antonito Colorado to Cumbres Pass and back. That video is available here: We are also here to document the second weekend of the season and feature D&RGW locomotives 484, 487, and 488. The...
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    Cyrus K. Holliday Returns on the Southwest Chief

    Running over an hour late, perhaps due to our first decent thunderstorm of the season, Amtrak 3 gets caught in the evening RailRunner rush and has to hold at Bernalillo, NM for the northbound commuter train. Of course this gives me a nice photo op!
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    Pacific Sands and Tioga Pass Depart Albuquerque, NM

    http://www.yardlimitproductions.com LARail.com runs charters behind Amtrak trains. Featured here are two of their cars that passed through Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 15, 2018. PACIFIC SANDS was delivered to the Union Pacific Railroad in April of 1950. Part of a total of 50 Pacific Series...
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    AMTK 822 and the Ocean View Dome Car

    On April 1, 2018, the only Amtrak Ocean View Dome Car passed through Bernalillo, NM on it's way to Beech Grove, IN. The Great Domes are a fleet of six streamlined dome lounge cars built by the Budd Company for the Great Northern Railway and Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad in 1955. The...
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    Trespassers and the BNSF Rosario Local!

    Normally the Rosario local goes north from Albuquerque on Sunday, but April 1 was Easter so it made the trip the next day. After hearing it on the scanner starting it's return to Albuquerque, I went track side to catch it. BNSF 2024 and 1714 lead two empty asphalt cars back to Albuquerque. In...
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    AMTK 90278 Deadheads on the Southwest Chief

    https://youtu.be/TAiD7JFdyeA AMTK 90278 is a non-powered cab unit (NPCU). It was originally built in 1977 as AMTK 278, an EMD F40PH. NPCU's are used on regional trains such as the Amtrak Cascades which goes between two points and aren't turned at either destination. One end of the train...
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    Pacific Parlour Cars Make Their Last Journey

    Amtrak, in a recent poorly conceived decision, decided to retire the five Pacific Parlour Cars that were well known and appreciated on the Coast Starlight. On February 17 and 18, 2018, these cars departed Los Angeles on the eastbound Southwest Chief where we were fortunate to catch them in...
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    Amtrak Surfliner Cars on the Southwest Chief

    https://youtu.be/Kato7wlWxMI Railcars are often deadheaded on the Southwest Chief between Los Angeles and Chicago. Here we see the Amtrak Surfliner Grover Beach on Amtrak 4, the eastbound Southwest Chief on February 8, 2018, and the Point Buchon on Amtrak 3, the westbound Southwest Chief on...
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    Amtrak Southwest Chief in New Mexico

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVswRxmGN28 Twice a day the Southwest Chief passes through New Mexico and here are a few videos of them!
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    Amtrak Horizon Cars on the Southwest Chief

    https://youtu.be/nzHENzmAoTQ It isn't often that Amtrak's Horizon Cars are seen on the Southwest Chief, but periodically they are deadheaded between Los Angeles and Chicago. In this video, we document five of these moves. November 16, 2017 AMTK 54503, coach car on Amtrak 3. August 18, 2017...
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    BNSF 9612 Passes Through Bernalillo, New Mexico

    https://youtu.be/FTYGIFillGI BNSF 9612, and EMD SD70MAC in Grinstein livery leads the Lamy Local through Bernalillo, NM on January 14, 2017.
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    Private Varnish on the Southwest Chief

    https://youtu.be/dsprZ5A71gw I love private rail cars, also known as Private Varnish. I’ve always thought this would be the best way to travel and see the country if time was no factor. During the summer months, PV’s are fairly common on all the transcontinental trains as private owners...
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    Amtrak P40DC's and "Emergency Emergency Emergency!" in 4K

    https://youtu.be/rUTP-l7eRt8 This first video of 2018 features a full Wolf Moon rising on January 1 and Amtrak's few remaining P40DC's; the 800 series. These locomotives were captured coming through Bernalillo, NM and starts with 821 and the Veteran's Heritage Unit 42. Next is AMTK 48 and...



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