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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Amtrak paint schemes (or "Phases", as they are referred to by Amtrak) are a series of liveries applied to the outside of their rolling stock. The livery phases appeared as different designs, with a majority using a red, white, and blue (the colors of the United States Flag) palette, except for...
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...
On March 16, 2018 and July 1, 2018, two Amtrak Surfliner F59PHI locomotives moved across the country on the Southwest Chief. These two locomotives are part of a purchase by Metra in Chicago from Amtrak in California. Amtrak maintains a dedicated fleet of 15 EMD F59PHI locomotives painted to...
Maybe once or twice a year, Amtrak 4 is running late enough to meet Amtrak 3 in Bernalillo, NM. June 25, 2018 was one of those rare moments.
What made this event more interesting was Amtrak 4 had the Silver Rapids and Silver Solarium on the rear and Amtrak 3 had the Puget Sound.
June 1, 2018 and we come to Chama New Mexico to video D&RGW 315 making a special freight run from Antonito Colorado to Cumbres Pass and back. That video is available here:
We are also here to document the second weekend of the season and feature D&RGW locomotives 484, 487, and 488.
In June of 2018 D&RGW 315 led this photo freight from Antonito to Cumbres Pass and back to Antonito the next day. This video captures 315 leaving Cumbres Pass on its way toward Antonito.
Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad 315 was built in July 1895 by Baldwin Locomotive Works of...
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!
May 4, 2018, and the weather couldn't be more perfect for the final run to Cascade Canyon, Colorado. This train has been led by 476 for most of the season, but today 480 takes the lead. We catch the train before it departs Durango and then several more times before it leaves Rockwood. When it...
On a cold and windy April 13, we return to Durango Colorado for another look at 476 leading the Cascade Canyon train. After visiting the Durango station, we go to the Animas River bridge in the middle of town and zoom in on it crossing the river. This is a great place to shoot as it begins...
On April 1, 2018, the only Amtrak Ocean View Dome Car passed through Bernalillo, NM on it's way to Beech Grove, IN.
The Great Domes are a fleet of six streamlined dome lounge cars built by the Budd Company for the Great Northern Railway and Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad in 1955. The...
Normally the Rosario local goes north from Albuquerque on Sunday, but April 1 was Easter so it made the trip the next day. After hearing it on the scanner starting it's return to Albuquerque, I went track side to catch it. BNSF 2024 and 1714 lead two empty asphalt cars back to Albuquerque.
During the winter months, the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad runs a daily train from Durango to Cascade Canyon. Departing at 9:45 and returning at 2:45, this train provides rides with some of the most beautiful scenery along the Animas River, often in a snowy setting. Being of...
For the second time in a week BNSF assists the Southwest Chief. AMTK 824 was on this train but got set out near Flagstaff because of a flat wheel. BNSF 7026 picked up the slack and led the train to Chicago.
The village of Los Cerrillos was first established as a tent camp between the lead and silver mines of the Carbonateville to the north and the coal mining camp of Madrid and the gold mines of the Placer and Ortiz Mountains to the south.
Los Cerrillos flourished...
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...
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