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    Amtrak Southwest Chiefs Meet in Bernalillo, NM!

    It's a very rare occurrence when Amtrak 3 and 4 meet in Bernalillo, New Mexico. Amtrak 4 has to be about 3 hours late and Amtrak 3 has to be on time. On August 10, 2018 I was monitoring the progress of both trains and realized that Amtrak 4 would be delayed at CP Hahn by a southbound...
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    Amtrak 162, the Michael Kempf Memorial Engine.

    On February 4, 2018, engineer Michael Kempf and Conductor Michael Cella were operating Amtrak train 91 near Cayce, South Carolina. A CSX freight train had taken a siding and the switch wasn't realigned back to the mainline. Amtrak 91 was diverted onto the siding and struck the rear of the CSX...
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    Cyrus K. Holliday Returns on the Southwest Chief

    Running over an hour late, perhaps due to our first decent thunderstorm of the season, Amtrak 3 gets caught in the evening RailRunner rush and has to hold at Bernalillo, NM for the northbound commuter train. Of course this gives me a nice photo op!
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    AMTK 90278 Deadheads on the Southwest Chief

    AMTK 90278 is a non-powered cab unit (NPCU). It was originally built in 1977 as AMTK 278, an EMD F40PH. NPCU's are used on regional trains such as the Amtrak Cascades which goes between two points and aren't turned at either destination. One end of the train has a powered locomotive and the...
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    Amtrak Surfliner Cars on the Southwest Chief

    Railcars are often deadheaded on the Southwest Chief between Los Angeles and Chicago. Here we see the Amtrak Surfliner Grover Beach on Amtrak 4, the eastbound Southwest Chief on February 8, 2018, and the Point Buchon on Amtrak 3, the westbound Southwest Chief on February 4, 2018. Both trains...
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    Amtrak Southwest Chief in New Mexico

    Twice a day the Southwest Chief passes through New Mexico and here are a few videos of them!
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    Amtrak Horizon Cars on the Southwest Chief

    It isn't often that Amtrak's Horizon Cars are seen on the Southwest Chief, but periodically they are deadheaded between Los Angeles and Chicago. In this video, we document five of these moves. November 16, 2017 AMTK 54503, coach car on Amtrak 3. August 18, 2017 AMTK 54503 returns along with...
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    BNSF 9612 Passes Through Bernalillo, New Mexico

    BNSF 9612, and EMD SD70MAC in Grinstein livery leads the Lamy Local through Bernalillo, NM on January 14, 2017.
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    Private Varnish on the Southwest Chief

    I love private rail cars, also known as Private Varnish. I’ve always thought this would be the best way to travel and see the country if time was no factor. During the summer months, PV’s are fairly common on all the transcontinental trains as private owners vacation or the public charter cars...
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    Amtrak P40DC's and "Emergency Emergency Emergency!" in 4K

    This first video of 2018 features a full Wolf Moon rising on January 1 and Amtrak's few remaining P40DC's; the 800 series. These locomotives were captured coming through Bernalillo, NM and starts with 821 and the Veteran's Heritage Unit 42. Next is AMTK 48 and 818. This was the first time I've...
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    Pacific Parlour Cars on the Southwest Chief

    No, Amtrak hasn't started using Pacific Parlour Cars on the Southwest Chief, but it is the preferred method for deadheading them between California and Beech Grove, Indiana where they are refurbished and maintained. The Pacific Parlour Car is a First Class lounge car that operates...
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    A Busy Day in Bernalillo!

    Sometimes the moon and stars align perfectly. On November 19, 2017, with a heads up from Southwest Railroad Photography, we heard there were Siemens Chargers on Amtrak 4 out of California. There was some hope that they would remain on 4 and go to Chicago, but after monitoring the scanner, it...
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    Stormy New Mexico Skies

    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.
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    AMTK 837 in Bernalillo, NM

    AMTK 837 leads the eastbound Southwest Chief, train 3 past Bernalillo, NM. Listen as he gets his track warrants from the dispatcher.
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    AMTK 822 and Siemens Chargers!

    AMTK 822, the Phase III Heritage Unit approaches Albuquerque, New Mexico in trailing position with two Siemens Charger units and two Horizon cars. After arriving in Albuquerque, the Chargers will be set out for later transport north to Pueblo, Colorado for testing. In this video we see...
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    BNSF 2844 Returns From Rosario, NM

    On most Sundays, a local freight leaves Albuquerque, NM and makes a stop at the General Mills plant on the north end of town. After exchanging a few hopper cars, the train takes tanks cars of asphalt to Rosario, NM and then returns several hours later with empties. This train is...
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    Meet me in Bernalillo!

    August 5, 2017. With a heads up, I heard that a Northeast Regional Cafe Car was on Amtrak 4, the EB Southwest Chief. Anything unusual on an Amtrak train is worth going trackside to see. Having followed the progress of number 4 all day, it became apparent to me that it was possible that a...
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    BNSF 1604, the Lamy Local

    Watch the beautiful sunrise over Bernalillo, NM from the drone as BNSF 1604 gets it's track warrants. BNSF 1604, followed by 1608 leads a short train of asphalt cars after making their run to the Rosario asphalt plant between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. This train is often referred to as the...
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    BNSF 1604 Leads the Lamy Local Through Bernalillo, NM.

    BNSF 1604 followed by 1608 are EMD SD40-2's built in April 1979. Here, they lead the Lamy Local, a short freight train that services the Rosario asphalt plant between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM. Seen on July 23, 2017.
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    Amtrak184, June 22, 2017, Bernalillo, NM

    AMTK 184 leads the eastbound Southwest Chief through Bernalillo, NM. This is one of the Phase IV heritage units commemorating the 40th anniversary of Amtrak. Special thanks to the conductor for the big wave! 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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