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Date: 08/04/22 12:10
Sunset Limited at El Paso - Oct 85
Author: gcm

Westbound at the El Paso stop with ex-Santa Fe Hi-Level lounge 39970 built by Budd in 1956.
A change of crews here as it looks like the veteran engineer is headed to the house.

Gary






Date: 08/04/22 13:11
Re: Sunset Limited at El Paso - Oct 85
Author: northridgeswitcher

Gary.

Great 2 photos.

Thank you for sharing.

Sure miss those cars.   Fortunate to have gotten to ride them on the Starlight a few times.

Take care, be safe.

Northridge Switcher



Date: 08/04/22 14:35
Re: Sunset Limited at El Paso - Oct 85
Author: refarkas

Nice look back.
Bob



Date: 08/04/22 17:03
Re: Sunset Limited at El Paso - Oct 85
Author: PE-717

I lived in El Paso then and the Sunset Limited was always interesting. From the through 10/6 from New York, to the broken P30CH’s and interspersed El Cap Hi-Levels you never knew what you would see. Great pictures as always Gary.

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Date: 08/04/22 19:23
Re: Sunset Limited at El Paso - Oct 85
Author: WrongWayMurphy

That brings back memories.  I sold a pump station for the fire sprinkler system in that Marriott Hotel
under construction in the background of pic 1.  I was in town to commission the package and a part failed
so had to have a replacement sent on a Southwest plane the next day.  I took the construction elevator 
to the top to kill time and was able to watch trains coming and going from both sides of downtown El Paso.



Date: 08/04/22 20:31
Re: Sunset Limited at El Paso - Oct 85
Author: UP951West

Wonderful slides !  Thanks for sharing. 



Date: 08/05/22 02:36
Re: Sunset Limited at El Paso - Oct 85
Author: RodneyZona

And speaking of change of crews at El Paso, TX.  El Paso based passenger train and engine crews worked west to and from Tucson, AZ  and east to and from Valentine, TX..



Date: 08/05/22 08:35
Re: Sunset Limited at El Paso - Oct 85
Author: SPJoe

Nice shots Gary.

Joe



Date: 08/05/22 09:22
Re: Sunset Limited at El Paso - Oct 85
Author: DavidP

PE-717 Wrote:
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> I lived in El Paso then and the Sunset Limited was
> always interesting. From the through 10/6 from New
> York, to the broken P30CH’s and interspersed El
> Cap Hi-Levels you never knew what you would see.

I think the New York through sleeper ended with the HEP era, but 10-6s came back during high travel seasons in the 1980s to supplement the single Superliner that served LA - New Orleans.

Dave



Date: 08/05/22 09:43
Re: Sunset Limited at El Paso - Oct 85
Author: texchief1

Very nice shots, Gary!

RC Lundgren



Date: 08/06/22 03:24
Re: Sunset Limited at El Paso - Oct 85
Author: mundo

Crews change at Alpine TX, now for a few years.



Date: 08/06/22 05:25
Re: Sunset Limited at El Paso - Oct 85
Author: BRAtkinson

DavidP Wrote:
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> I think the New York through sleeper ended with the HEP era, but 10-6s came back during high travel seasons in the 1980s to supplement the single Superliner that served LA - New Orleans.
>
> Dave
The coming of Superliners to #1/2 ended the through steam-heated sleeper from New York.  I did the NYC-LAX through sleeper a couple of times each way, including the very last westbound run.  Nights in New Orleans were always interesting.  I managed to spend a couple hours on Basin St on 2 of those trips.  The others arrived so late Basin St was not an option. 

I even encountered actor John Astin on one of those trips.  He said he enjoyed 3 days of no communications, although he raced to use the phone at longer station stops. 



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