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A MTRAK S TANDARD C ONSISTS, FEBRUARYI MARCH, 1982
ALL C ARS N OT O THERWISE I DENTIFIED ARE SUPERLINER E QUIPMENT
S a nta Fe Hi-Le ve l). E MPIRE B UILDER T rains 7 -8 2 EMD F40PH locomotives; conventional b aggag e c a r; coach-dorm (ex-Santa Fe HiLe ve l); s leepe r; coach; diner ; lounge (C h icago-Por tl and); c oac h ( Chicago Portland) ; slee per (Ch icago -Port la nd ). N ORTH S TAR T rains 9-10 EMD F 40PH l oc o motive; Amca fe ; 2 Amcoach 84 -seat cars. C OAST S TARLIGHT T rains 1 1-14 2 EMD F40PH lo co moti ves; 2 co n ve ntional bag gage c ars ; coach-dorm (ex-Santa Fe HiLe ve l); c oach-baggage ; c oach ; loung e; diner; 2 s leepe rs. S PIRIT O F C ALIFORNIA T rains 1 5-18 EMD F40PH locomoti ve; c onve nti ona l bagg a ge ; 2 Heritage sleepers ; Amdinette ; 2 50-seat A mcoaches. P IONEER T rains 25-26 2 EMD F40PH locomoti ves; conventional bagga ge ; Her itage s lee per; coach (ex- Santa Fe Hi-Le ve l transition c a r; diner, c oach, c oach ( Chicago-Seattle). E MPIRE B UILDER T rains 2 7-28 P ortland S ection EMD F40PH locom otive; lounge; c oach ; s le eper. D ESERT W IND T rains 3 5-36 2 EM D F40 PH locomot ives ; c onvent ional b aggage ; c oach-dorm ( ex-Sa nta Fe Hi-Lev el c a r); diner; c oach ; c oach (C hicago -L os Ange les) ; s le eper ( Chicago-Los Angeles) . C ITY O F N EW O RLEANS T rain 58 -59 EMD F40PH loco moti ve; b aggage ; Heritage s leeper; Amdinette with lo unge sectio n; 2 He rit age c oaches; 5 0-seat A mcoach ; 84sea t Amcoach . S AN J OAQUIN T rains 708-711 EMD F40PH loco motive; Amcafe; 84 -s eat A mcoach ; p lus 1-2 additional 84-seat A mcoaches on we eke nd s. S AN D IEGANS T rains 5 71-584, 586 EMD F40PH lo como ti ve ; 1-3 84-sea t A mcoaches ; Amcafe ; up to 3 84 - seat A mcoaches a s needed .

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S UNSET L IMITED T rains 1 -2 2 GE P30CH locomoti ves ; conventional b aggage ; c oach-dorm (ex -Santa Fe Hi-Level car); 2 sleepers; diner; lounge ; c oachbaggage; c oach; c oach ( Chicago-Los Angeles); sleeper ( Chicago-Los Angeles). S OUTHWEST L IMITED T rains 3-4 2 EMD F40PH locomotives; 2 conventional b aggage c ars; c oach-dorm ( ex-Santa Fe HiLe ve l) ; c oac h-ba ggage ; c oach; l ounge; diner; 2 s leepe rs. S AN F RANCISCO Z EPHYR T rains 5 -6 2 EMD F40PH locomoti ves ; 2 conventional b aggage c ars; c oach-dorm (ex-Santa Fe HiLevel) 2 sleepers; diner; loung e; c oach baggage; c oach, c oach ( Chicago-Seattle); c oach ( Chicago-Los Angeles); s leeper ( Chicago- Los Angeles) ; p lus 1-3 c oaches b etween R eno/ Spa rk s a nd O akland (ex-

rain t o w atch t he a rriving S an Francis.co Z ephy r t h a t d oubl es as a lounge. th ere's one thing u nn a tura l a bout th e D esai pull in f rom the East. A U nion P a c ifi c S WIO O n t his weekday t h e re is a mp le ev idence o f . Wind. C om ing from U tah a c ro ss Nevada a nd s witch er is wa iting, a nd n o s oo n er ha s S FZ wh y U P's t r ack is so s moo th . Num erous s ect io n t hr ough La s Vega s. it see ms s tr a nge t o a rrive in s to pped t ha n the U P e ngine c ouples up t o th e gangs a re a t wo rk, remo ving a nd rep lacing ra il Los A nge le s on t h e Sa nt a Fe. Eve n C aj on Pa ss r ear e nd , pulling th e last t hree c ar s o ff o f t he wh ich , on a lesser road , wou ld be prim e m a inline was t oo q ui et a nd we m et o nl y two t rain s. On e t rain. T hen , one c oac h is d ropp ed - it is S eatt le t rack. O ur e ng ineer is good , too. F rom th e rea r w as a U P g rai n block a nd th e o th er , at S umm it b o und for th e Pioneer - and t h e r emaining t wo d oor I c lock the mileposts a nd w atch , b ut d o n ot it se lf, th e eas tbound Deserl Win d. a re pulled b a ckward, r un t hrough a wye a nd fee l, t h e t r a in slow t o 55 for a S-cur ve th en rega in a lmost p a st t h e signal which signifies the its 85 m ph ga it. The S an J oaquin beginning o f t h e S outhern P ac ifi c a nd c o upled A rri va l a t Los Ange les is a t 4: 35 p .m. , ea rly A n e mbarra ssin g ga p has existed in my o nto the Desert W ind , w hich fa ces e ast b efore e nou gh so th at s everal passenge rs c an c atch a n A m trak t ra ve ls, the Bakersfie ld-Fre sno segment t urning s o uth t o Los Angeles . T h e S WIO n ext ea rlier San Diegan t han th ey h ad pla nned. Still, o f the S an J oaquin. S omehow , th e bus rid e from c o uples o nt o the S eattle c oach , pulling it o ff i nto t he d ar kness ; a nd a fte r the Pi oneer h as a rr ived C urving w estbound t hrough sce nic G lenwood C anyo n, Co lorad o t he c onventional fro m S alt L ake C ity will a ttach it t o t h e e nd o f e quipment o f t he R io Grande Zephyr h as b ecome a c herished classic in the Amlleet a n d t he S eattle-bound t r a in. S uperlin er e ra o f m odern p assenger r ailroading . T he U nion P acific crew f rom wes tb o und t rain 5, t h e S FZ , c la im s t h e Desert Wind while S P t akes ove r S FZ h erse lf a nd t h e fresh U P c rew for the Pion ee r si ts a nd w a it s. A t p recisely 11:50 p .m. S FZ is go n e. N ine m in utes la ter I c limb o nto t he D esert Wind, j ust a h ead o f t he b rak ema n a nd his step b ox . T h e Pi on ee r, b y all i ndication s, would be lea ving on time a t 12:10 a nd O gd en w ould g o back t o s lee p a ga in until m orning , when o nce a gain t h e re born " Cities o f Everyw here" w ou ld r eturn t o c o mbin e fo r t h eir trip to Chi cago. T h e Desert Wind d oes n ot h ave m u ch in the way o f sce ne ry a long t he S alt Lake R oute in western U tah, b ut U nion P a c ific p uts o n a s how t hat I'd w atch a dmiringly , if o nly the ho ur was n ot s o l ate. I a waken as we a rrive a t Milford , 25 m inute s early, t h en d oze o ff a gain. Briefly afte rward s, I l ook o ut t he w indow. Yes, we're m ovin g. A bit of v ibration is all t hat I fe el, b ut t he g round is g o ing by very vast. It's i mpre ssive. M orning , a nd a p ause a t t he new Las Vegas s tation, b rin gs a wave o f b o ar ding p as se nge rs. It also b ring s a n a nnouncement t hat t h e d iner is s erving lunch . I g o t o a sk a bout b rea kfast, b ut t hey h a ve r un o ut a t 9 :30 a .m. I s ettle for coffee a nd a roll , in t he r ear h alf o f t he S uperlin e r d iner

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