The Air Up There..
Hey, I've gone aloft as I catch The Southwest Chief racing below the Sandia Mountains and into Albuquerque
When Amtrak 3, the westbound Southwest Chief, departed Chicago, it had the usual five-car reduced consist due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Engines 42 and 41, sleeper 32097, dining car 38034, ... (more)
The Amtrak Veterans Unit leads the Southwest Chief through Lisle on its way west.
Amtrak train 3, the westbound Southwest Chief, bisects one of the most dangerous (and soon to be replaced with an overpass) grade crossings in the country, Rosecrans, Marquardt and Stage (w... (more)
Once again, Amtrak’s Southwest Chief has become a hard-luck train. Amtrak train 3, with an abbreviated 5-car consist thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, departed Chicago, Illinois, on April 3... (more)
Running on schedule, Amtrak's Southwest Chief #3 splits the intermediates at milepost 706.2 near Springer, New Mexico on a clear-filled day.
The Southwest Chief crests Glorieta Pass at the former station, now the post office.
The Southwest Chief descends the west slope of Raton Pass at East Keota. The fog lifted just moments before the train popped into view.
No. 3 climbs the Colorado side of the pass and ducts underneath the classic ATSF signal bridge. Believe it or not, the crew encountered an approach signal here as an empty BNSF ballast train was ... (more)
No. 3 encounters the first set of semaphores on its westward run just south of Springer, NM as a brief snow shower comes to an end.
The westbound Southwest Chief passes under classic Santa Fe searchlights at middle Jansen just west of downtown Trinidad.
Amtrak #3, The Southwest Chief, makes a station stop at Joliet. Tom Golden photo.