Thursday, May 6, 2010

Amtrak / Santa Fe

May 8th, 2010 marks the third annual celebration of National Train Day, we celebrate the occasion with some great train pictures from Martin Matlack @ RailPictures.Net ----- ENJOY and RIDE THE TRAIN !!!

The National Train Day celebration, sponsored by AMTRAK and others, will have large-scale, family-friendly events that provide opportunities to explore interactive, educational exhibits that bring to life the rich narrative of how trains have transformed America and will continue to do so in the future.

Santa Fe Railroad EMD FP45 - Lamy train station - Lamy, New Mexico, July, 1968 - Santa Fe's combined El Capitan Super Chief rolls out of Lamy behind FP45u's #103 and #102, looking like someone was in a hurry to get this train out of Los Angeles - note the silver paint overspray on the pilot and anticlimber, and the mis-placed transition baggage car in the consist! Photo by George Matlack, my late father, used with permission.

Amtrak / Santa Fe EMD F7 - Waldo, New Mexico, September, 1972 - Ex-ATSF F7A #308 leads a six-unit power lashup on the point of the Southwest Limited chasing the setting sun through the ghost remains of Waldo. Amtrak is young, and it's early striping can be seen on the transition/baggage car and coaches.

Amtrak / Santa Fe EMD F7 - La Bajada Hill, West of Los Cerrillos, New Mexico, October, 1972 - Amtrak #3, The Southwest Limited, descends La Bajada Hill, westbound for Albuquerque. Amtrak is just over 1 year old and is still using old ATSF Warbonnet power, and the train is still a combination of low and high-level equipment. Early Amtrak stripes are visible on the baggage car and coaches. A dome car, probably ex-Turquoise Room, is visible in the first-class section toward the rear of the consist.

Amtrak / Santa Fe EMD F7 - La Bajada Hill, West of Los Cerrillos, New Mexico, October, 1972 - Amtrak #4, The Southwest Limited, ascends La Bajada Hill, eastbound for Lamy. Amtrak is just over 1 year old and is still using old ATSF Warbonnet power, and the train is still a combination of low and high-level equipment. Early Amtrak stripes are visible on the baggage car.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fabulous pics! If I may point out, however, that according to the Amtrak October 1972 timetable, the train was referred to as the Southwest Chief/El Capitan; not the Southwest Limited, and a year later, in October of 1973, the Amtrak timetable indicates that the combined name was dropped, and it was referred to then as the Super Chief. The Southwest Limited name came later, and still later, it was renamed Southwest Chief, which is has today.