While at the morning job briefing Amtrak's westbound Southwest Chief blasted by Sutton's Siding (MP 437.5) at 75 mph on BNSF's LaJunta Sub around 7:30 this morning with this on the end; I was able to get a grab shot of it with my IPhone.
You might want to reread some of Amtrak's announcements (or perhaps I should say "pronouncements") on the matter.
Individual movement of private cars between major terminals (i.e., Los Angeles to Kansas City and/or Chicago) is still permitted on Amtrak trains (for now, at least). It's the switching on or off of said cars at other locations en route (Winslow, AZ for example) that is prohibited along with providing locomotives and other equipment and support for charter trains (such as the AAPRCO convention trains). Not that such distinctions matter as it's rather obvious that Amtrak's current management intends to kill off all long-distance trains anyway, which would also kill off any private varnish trips on Amtrak (as well as killing off the main reason for Amtrak's existence in the first place, which is the continued operation of those same long-distance trains). So yes, individual movements like this one are still allowed, but with limitations that are clearly meant to discourage such movements. I wouldn't bet on even those movements being allowed for much longer, though.
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