On Sunday, January 20, 2019, we went to Santa Fe, NM to listen
to Allan Affeldt talk about the renovation of the La Castaneda Hotel in Las
Vegas, NM. He also revealed some exciting plans for the future!
In January of 2019, two more F59PHI Surfliner locomotives deadheaded on Amtrak
4, the eastbound Southwest Chief. We caught both of these units in Bernalillo,
These locomotives are being retired from service in California having been
replaced by Siemens Chargers. Fortunately they will go into service on Chicago's
Amtrak 503, a GE B32-8WH, makes a return visit on the westbound Southwest
Chief. These Dash 8's are rarely seen on the Southwest Chief so it was great
to catch it on it's return trip to California.
Different engines and cars deadheading on the Southwest Chief is fairly common,
but seeing a Dash 8 in second position providing power is very rare! Check out
AMTK 503 on Amtrak 4, the eastbound Southwest Chief.
Speaking of deadheads, AMTK 505 travels through the 505 area code on the way
back from Beech Grove, IN and AMTK 452 moves to its new location on the
eastbound Southwest Chief.
These three great locomotives were all captured in Bernalillo, New Mexico.