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    An Update on the AT&SF 2926 Restoration

    A visit to the restoration site of AT&SF 2926 in Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 2, 2019 revealed that the locomotive is almost ready to be fired up again. On this bright Saturday, there were several groups working on different projects including electrical work on the locomotive and the...
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    Amtrak 460 and 464 on the Southwest Chief!

    In January of 2019, two more F59PHI Surfliner locomotives deadheaded on Amtrak 4, the eastbound Southwest Chief. We caught both of these units in Bernalillo, NM. These locomotives are being retired from service in California having been replaced by Siemens Chargers. Fortunately they will go...
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    Amtrak 184, The Phase IV Heritage Unit, Semaphores, and Scenery!

    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 P40DC Amtrak...
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    BNSF 1770 Leads Amtrak 4!

    That is very cool!
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    BNSF 1770 Leads Amtrak 4!

    Thanks. Yes, it's me. I'm glad you like it. Something I wasn't sure about.
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    BNSF 1770 Leads Amtrak 4!

    When Amtrak 4, the eastbound Southwest Chief developed running gear problems on the second unit P42DC, BNSF 1770, an SD40-2 was put on in Albuquerque. After hearing that it would lead the train, we went trackside to Bernalillo to catch the action. This engine was built in 1978 as ATSF 5210...
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    DOTX 221, a Power Move, and a Geometry Train!

    The hopper car is full of sand so it weighs the track down before the geometry car goes over it and measures things. The DOTX221 is really a nice looking car, isn't it? I don't know if BNSF is trying to get Amtrak to purchase the Raton line, but that will never happen. NMDOT used to own it but...
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    DOTX 221, a Power Move, and a Geometry Train!

    Amtrak 4 leads Rail Car DOTX 221 which is part of Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Automated Track Inspection Program (ATIP). This car, built in 1954 has a long history. Ex HLC 1847, Belle McKee was a sleeper buffet lounge car. Before that it was VIA 1083 Cape Brule. After taking MOW...
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    Surfliner F59PHI's on the Southwest Chief

    Not a bad thing. At least they aren't being scraped.
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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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    Deadhead Locomotives on the Southwest Chief

    Locomotives can deadhead on trains for several reasons. In this video we first see AMTK 457 deadheading to Chicago to become part of the METRA roster. AMTK 505 makes its way through the 505 area code on its way to the Beech Grove maintenance facility in Indiana. Sometimes the deadhead didn’t...
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    West of the West Private Varnish on Amtrak in New Mexico!

    Yea, they seem to go everywhere I go!
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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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    D&RGW 489 and 463 on the Cumbres and Toltec

    Thanks Bill. Watch it on a big TV sometime. That's a cool experience. That's just a road at 5:05.
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    D&RGW 489 and 463 on the Cumbres and Toltec

    On August 24 and 25, 2018, we visited Chama, New Mexico for the Trains Photo Charter. In addition to the special, I also shot 489 and 463. This was the first time I've seen 463 in action. D&RGW 463 is a 3 foot narrow gauge, Mikado type, 2-8-2 steam railway locomotive built for the Denver and...
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    BNSF Roaming the American West Business Train

    In August of 2018, the BNSF operated an 18-car Business Train Special, "Roaming the American West", with executives from US, Canada, Netherlands, England and Hong Kong on board. It was a 5-day trip from Oakland, California to Kansas City, Missouri. In this video we catch it arriving in... 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.

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