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Date: 01/04/22 19:02
AFT Confidential 92- The Trip Home, Day 4
Author: BoilingMan

AFT Confidential 92- The Trip Home, Day 4

Aboard the Southwest Limited, fourth day out of Miami. It was January, and it looked the part too! Of course I had no idea at the time, but starting nearly 8 years later I would make this trip many times as an Amtrak employee in On Board Services. In fact, #3&4 would be my first regular bit job when I escaped the Extra Board.
SR Bush
Dutch Flat

Photos 1-3. Early morning in Kansas. Looks like they a
had a good freezing rain that night! I'm not sure where the ATSF 2-6-2 was.

Photos 4&5. I got a chance to step off in La Junta CO where the 3rd SDP40F was added. I was never crazy about this color scheme, but I always liked the way the stripes were handled in the notch for the headlights (although only the earliest SDP40F's had the notch).
Photo 6. What became of these Baggage/Dorms? Did they live on without the bump up?








Date: 01/04/22 19:03
Re: AFT Confidential 92- The Trip Home, Day 4
Author: BoilingMan

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Date: 01/04/22 19:04
Re: AFT Confidential 92- The Trip Home, Day 4
Author: BoilingMan

7&8. The HiLevel Lounge car inside and out. I worked these cars before Phoebe had them captured to become the California Parlor Cars. I can't say I much cared for them- the SuperLiner Lounge Cafe was MUCH easier to work!
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Photo 9. The interior of the HiLevel Diner. Amtrak had it's way with the colors, but the Kachina survived. Cool!
Photos 10&11. Climbing Raton Pass. In those days Amtrak still followed the El Capitan/Super Chief practice of low level first class cars- including the Pleasure Dome. (They kinda had to- there were no HiLevel sleepers) This would end when the SuperLiners came about 4 or 5 years later.








Date: 01/04/22 19:06
Re: AFT Confidential 92- The Trip Home, Day 4
Author: BoilingMan

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Date: 01/04/22 20:01
Re: AFT Confidential 92- The Trip Home, Day 4
Author: RuleG

BoilingMan Wrote:
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> Photos 4&5. I got a chance to step off in La Junta
> CO where the 3rd SDP40F was added. I was never
> crazy about this color scheme, but I always liked
> the way the stripes were handled in the notch for
> the headlights (although only the earliest
> SDP40F's had the notch).

I was never crazy about that scheme, either, but your fourth photo is the best one I've seen of an SDP40F in the Phase II scheme.  Very sharp!



Date: 01/04/22 20:30
Re: AFT Confidential 92- The Trip Home, Day 4
Author: Train29

Compare that with today train. Two lounges and two diners, one for each class of service. 



Date: 01/05/22 00:12
Re: AFT Confidential 92- The Trip Home, Day 4
Author: Evan_Werkema

BoilingMan Wrote:

> I'm not sure where the ATSF 2-6-2 was.

That's also in Dodge City, KS at the Boot Hill Museum.  It's still there: https://goo.gl/maps/w2CiKtchNsumx1f58



Date: 01/11/22 17:22
Re: AFT Confidential 92- The Trip Home, Day 4
Author: ProAmtrak

Nice pics, back when Amtrak was slowly getting better and it showed!



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