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Here's a selection of my photos of Amtrak in action. Also see these pages for more:

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In its first year of operation over the Rio Grande, Train No. 5, the westbound California Zephyr (including run-through cars for the Pioneer and Desert Wind) is looping through the mouth of Coal Creek Canyon. [This is the first image I took with my 35mm Minolta camera.] 3/24/1984
Train No. 5, the westbound California Zephyr (including run-through cars for the Pioneer and Desert Wind), has just exited the Moffat Tunnel on March 14, 1993. Today's train was running several hours late, and had a Cotton Belt freight unit on the point assisting the usual pair of F40PH's.
Train No. 5 makes its way west on the day after Christmas 1998. Here it passed through the cut just east of Rocky on the Moffat line.

Train No. 6 is flying eastward near Rifle, CO on March 23, 2002. This is one of the few areas in western Colorado that Amtrak can run all-out.  It has the usual eight Superliner cars behind a trio of P42 locomotives, plus a string of material-handling cars and a RoadRailer trailer on the tail end.

Train No. 4, the eastbound Southwest Chief, takes on fuel at Albuquerque on 2/07/2010, just prior to its station stop.

Train No. 4 is whipping through Perea, NM (east of Gallup) on 9/11/2010. Two freights have been diverted nose-to-nose on the opposite iron to allow the Chief to run past without delay.
Train No. 4 is flying through Prewitt, New Mexico on the morning of February 21, 2011. On this President's Day, Mt. Taylor is looming directly ahead (as is a westbound stack train waiting for the Chief's passage).
The following six photos are from a trip on April 26 thru 28th 2014 in the Grand Junction area.
April 26: Deep in Ruby Canyon, train No. 5 rounds the last curve before McDonald Creek. Viewed from The Overlook (where I was camping). For those not familiar with the location, this canyon is cut by the Colorado River just west of Grand Junction, Colorado.
Same train as above, viewed from above as it hits the bridge at McDonald Creek. P42's No. 146 and 24 are on the point.
Same train as above, after it has passed my location. It's approaching the east switch of Utaline siding.
April 27: Train No. 5 has just passed the west switch of Westwater siding-- essentially the western exit of Ruby Canyon. That's Heritage Unit No. 156 on the point. This is quite possibly my favorite Amtrak photo.
Same train as above as it climbs out of the Colorado River valley. The track makes its serpentine way among the bluffs in the distance and tops out on the plateau between the river and the Book Cliffs.
April 28: Train No. 6 rounds the curve leading into DeBeque canyon at Palisade. (I'm standing on the abutment for the I-70 overpass, which turned out to be extremely treacherous footing.) Note two oddities: first, No. 203 has one headlight burned out. Second, the trailing unit is not a P-42 but a P-40, number 816 to be precise. Yes, I know that from this angle they look identical and that you can't see the number, but trust me on this...
May 8, 2017: Train No. 6 is spotted in Ruby Canyon east of Utaline, led by Heritage Unit No. 145 and standard F42 No. 135.  Same location as some of the photos from April 26, 2014 directly above.

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