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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...
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...
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!
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...
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...
Twice a day the Southwest Chief passes through New Mexico and here are a few videos of them!
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...
BNSF 9612, and EMD SD70MAC in Grinstein livery leads the Lamy Local through Bernalillo, NM on January 14, 2017.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
AMTK 837 leads the eastbound Southwest Chief, train 3 past Bernalillo, NM. Listen as he gets his track warrants from the dispatcher.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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!
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