The Southwest Chief quickly slows down as it prepares to stop at Amtrak's Flagstaff station. This is one of two passenger trains that stop here daily. Amtrak 3 will arrive later at night.
While the man attraction of the Raton pass line is the semaphores, another disappearing element of the railroad fabric that lingers on Raton is the code line. Some code lines remain, but the numbe... (more)
Rolling along the Los Angeles River under a web of high tension power lines, and about to pass under the bridge of the 101 Freeway (and beyond that, the much fancier bridge Cesar Chavez Avenue Bri... (more)
Southwest Chief ... not too terribly late ... rips along just having passed the tracks that hosted (until about a year ago) the Escalante Western.
Happy 50th Anniversary, Amtrak!
Fifty years to the day from the first run of Amtrak train 18, the eastbound Super-Chief-El Capitan, its 2021 version, train 4 Sou... (more)
Amtrak’s eastbound Southwest Chief flies over a fill along a trackside pond west of Leeds, Illinois, on May 9, 1992. Powering train 4 is a pair of new GE B32BWH locomotives bracketing an older E... (more)
Amtrak’s Phase I Heritage engine, P42DC 156, was painted to celebrate the carrier’s 40th Anniversary in 2011. After departing Los Angeles, AMTK 156, leading train 4, the now tri-weekly Sou... (more)
Amtrak Train #4, the Southwest Chief is seen accelerating off the high desert and through West Winslow as the sun begins to rise. The phase 1 heritage unit #156 is leading the train. The 12,633 f... (more)
The Last Daily ChiefOctober 11, 2020, was the final day for daily service for Amtrak’s long-distance trains, such as train 4, the eastbound Southwest Chief, as it ma... (more)
The Eastbound Southwest Chief is seen departing Winslow on a picture-perfect Arizona morning. One of the hundred or so BNSF freight trains that pass through town is seen holding waiting for The Ch... (more)
It is sunset, both literally and figuratively, for Amtrak’s long-distance trains, as on October 12, 2020, Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, San Francisco Zephyr, Empire Builder an... (more)
Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, has operated as a daily train for nearly 50 years (although not always with that name, as it was originally the Southwest Limited). That ends in a couple... (more)
Amtrak #4 'The Southwest Chief' speeds past the east end of Wagon Mound while a BNSF tie train waits in the hole
Amtrak's eastbound Southwest Chief makes an on-time appearance through Chapelle, New Mexico, as it splits through the classic ATSF semaphore signals.