Stormy New Mexico Skies

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This video is dedicated to our friend Chris who was engineer on these two trains!
Amtrak 4, the eastbound Southwest Chief led by AMTK 164, September 29, 2017.
Amtrak 3, the westbound Southwest Chief led by AMTK 179, September 30, 2017.

Bill Anderson

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Your best video yet. Love the music, the cloudburst, and the humming bird silhouetted in the rainbow at the very end.

I was surprised to see semaphores still in use. Does the SW Chief still go over Raton Pass?


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I'd sure like to get out there sometime and video trains passing the semaphore signals. I like how you got the signal activating. Too bad there isn't more traffic out there.

Bill Anderson

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The semaphores in the video look very wellmaintained. There is probably no incentive to replace them if the line sees little traffic. Did the York Canyon coal mine shut down? is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.