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Yard Limit


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

Bill Anderson

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Train lengths really varied. Is that due to seasonal fluctuations in passenger loadings?

Do you know the back story of the 2-in-1 train?

Yard Limit

Evidently when the hurricane hit Houston, one of the Sunset Limited trainsets needed to be moved back to LA once service was resumed. The tracks through Texas in that area hadn't been restored yet so the Sunset Limited was deadheaded back to LA via the SW Chief.
The number of cars definitely fluctuates with passenger loads. The longest I saw this year was 11 cars over the Christmas holidays. Right now they are running 6 cars.
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