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Encyclopedia > Southwest Chief
The Southwest Chief snaking through Apache Canyon, NM
The Southwest Chief snaking through Apache Canyon, NM

The Southwest Chief (formerly the Southwest Limited) is a passenger train operated by Amtrak along a 2256-mile (3631-km) route through the Midwestern and Southwestern United States. It runs from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California, passing through Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Image File history File links Southwest_Chief_Image. ... Image File history File links Southwest_Chief_Image. ... This article is about trains in rail transport. ... Acela Express in West Windsor, NJ Amtrak Cascades service with tilting Talgo trainsets in Seattle, Washington Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida For other uses, see Amtrak (disambiguation). ... The Midwest is a common name for a region of the United States of America. ... The Southwest region of the United States is drier than the adjoining Midwest in weather; the population is less dense and, with strong Spanish-American and Native American components, more ethnically varied than neighboring areas. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1,290. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... New Mexico was the 41st satate to be admitted to the us. ... Official language(s) English Capital Phoenix Largest city Phoenix Area  Ranked 6th  - Total 113,998 sq mi (295,254 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 0. ... It has been suggested that Califas be merged into this article or section. ...


The Southwest Chief is the indirect successor to the Super Chief, a train operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway until 1971 and later by Amtrak until March, 1974 when the AT&SF forced Amtrak to stop using the name because of a perceived decline in quality after Amtrak took over the Santa Fe's passenger trains. After subsequent improvements in service, the Santa Fe allowed Amtrak to change the name of the Southwest Limited to the Southwest Chief on October 28, 1984. Super-Chief is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (AAR reporting mark ATSF), often abbreviated as Santa Fe, was one of the largest railroads in the United States. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... October 28 is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 64 days remaining. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The train currently consists of three P42 locomotives, one baggage car, one Superliner transition dorm, two Superliner sleeping cars, a Superliner dining car, a Superliner lounge car and three Superliner coach cars. The train also carries perishables in express refrigerator cars. A third Superliner sleeping car and a fourth Superliner coach are typically added during peak travel periods. A pair of GE Genesis locomotives Genesis (officially trademarked GENESIS) is a series of locomotives produced by GE Transportation Systems, a subsidiary of General Electric in Erie, Pennsylvania. ... A restored CN baggage car in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. ... The Superliner is a largely disabled-accessible double decker passenger car used by Amtrak, on mainly its western routes. ... The interior of a Pullman car on the Chicago and Alton Railroad circa 1900. ... A typical restaurant in uptown Manhattan A restaurant is an establishment that serves prepared food and beverages to be consumed on the premises. ... A lounge car is a type of passenger car where riders can purchase food and drinks. ... An interior view of a modern Finnish bilevel intercity coach. ... A string of refrigerator cars owned by Pacific Fruit Express is mechanically-supplied with fresh ice at an Oxnard, California produce packing plant in the Spring of 1964. ...


Unique among all long distance Superliner trains, the Southwest Chief is permitted to run up to a maximum of 90 mph (145 km/h) along significant portions of the route.


Station stops

The Southwest Chief, train #3 westbound and #4 eastbound, makes the following station stops: Image File history File links Southwest_Chief_Logo. ... Image File history File links Southwest_Chief_Logo. ...

Illinois
  • Chicago
  • Naperville
  • Mendota
  • Princeton
  • Galesburg
Iowa
  • Fort Madison
Missouri
Kansas
  • Lawrence
  • Topeka
  • Newton
  • Hutchinson
  • Dodge City
  • Garden City
Colorado
  • Lamar
  • La Junta
  • Trinidad
New Mexico
Arizona
California
Amtrak routes
Midwest

Ann Rutledge - Blue Water - California Zephyr - Capitol Limited - Cardinal - Carl Sandburg - City of New Orleans - Empire Builder - Hiawatha - Hoosier State - Illini - Illinois Zephyr - Lake Shore Limited - Mules - Pere Marquette - Saluki - Southwest Chief - State House - Texas Eagle - Wolverine Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... In the waiting room of the Union Station, January 1943 Union Station is a Chicago, Illinois train station that opened in 1925, replacing an earlier 1881 station, and is now the only intercity rail terminal in Chicago. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Kansas City Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri is one of many union stations in the United States. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... New Mexico was the 41st satate to be admitted to the us. ... The Raton (Amtrak station) is located at 201 South First Street in Raton, New Mexico. ... The Lamy (Amtrak station) is located at Santa Fe County Road 33 152 Old Lamy Trail in Lamy, New Mexico. ... The Las Vegaas (Amtrak station) is located at Railroad & Lincoln Streets in Las Vegas, New Mexico. ... The Alvarado Transportation Center (ATC) is a multi-modal transit hub located at 100 1st Street SW in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. ... The Gallup (Amtrak station) is located at 201 East Highway 66 in Gallup, New Mexico. ... Official language(s) English Capital Phoenix Largest city Phoenix Area  Ranked 6th  - Total 113,998 sq mi (295,254 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 0. ... The Winslow (Amtrak station) is located at 501 East Second Street in Winslow, Arizona. ... The Flagstaff (Amtrak station) is located at 1 East Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona. ... The Williams Junction (Amtrak station) is located in Williams, Arizona. ... The Kingman (Amtrak station) is located at 106 4th Steet in Kingman, Arizona. ... It has been suggested that Califas be merged into this article or section. ... Fullerton Station is a passenger rail and bus station located in Fullerton, California. ... Waiting room in Union Station, Los Angeles Union Station in Los Angeles, which opened in May 1939, is the last of the great train stations built in America, but even with its massive and ornate waiting room and adjacent ticket concourse, it is considered small in comparison to other union... Acela Express in West Windsor, NJ Amtrak Cascades service with tilting Talgo trainsets in Seattle, Washington Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida For other uses, see Amtrak (disambiguation). ... A schematic of the Amtrak routes. ... Midwest States (United States of America, ND to OH) The Midwest is a common name for a region of the United States of America. ... The Ann Rutledge is a 567-mile (912 km) passenger train service operated by Amtrak running between Chicago, Illinois and Kansas City, Missouri. ... Michigan Services is an umbrella term used by Amtrak to encompass three separate routes which originate from Chicago, Illinois and run into southern and central Michigan. ... The California Zephyr is a 2438-mile (3924 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Southwestern United States. ... Amtraks Capitol Limited is one of the two routes connecting Washington, DC to Chicago, running via Cleveland, Ohio (the other is the Cardinal via Cincinnati). ... The Cardinal is a passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Northeastern United States. ... The Carl Sandburg is a 258-mile (415 km) passenger train operated by Amtrak that runs between Chicago and Quincy, Illinois. ... Amtraks City of New Orleans at the Memphis, Tennessee station. ... Empire Builder is a train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Northwestern United States. ... Hiawatha logo from the Milwaukee Road days Hiawatha (or the Hiawatha Service) is the name of a train route operated by Amtrak on the western shore Lake Michigan, though the name was historically applied to several different routes that extended across the Midwest and out to the Pacific Ocean. ... The Cardinal is a passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Northeastern United States. ... The Illini is a 310-mile (499 km) passenger train operated by Amtrak that runs between Chicago and Carbondale, Illinois. ... The Illinois Zephyr is a 258-mile (415 km) passenger train operated by Amtrak that runs between Chicago and Quincy, Illinois. ... The Lake Shore Limited is a train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Northeastern United States on routes formally traveled by the famed 20th Century Limited. ... The Kansas City Mule and St. ... Michigan Services is an umbrella term used by Amtrak to encompass three separate routes which originate from Chicago, Illinois and run into southern and central Michigan. ... The Saluki is a 310-mile (499 km) passenger train operated by Amtrak that will run between Chicago and Carbondale, Illinois, starting October 30, 2006. ... The State House is a passenger train operated by Amtrak that runs between Chicago, Illinois and Saint Louis in Missouri. ... The Texas Eagle is a 1306-mile (2102 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the central and western United States. ... Michigan Services is an umbrella term used by Amtrak to encompass three separate routes which originate from Chicago, Illinois and run into southern and central Michigan. ...

West

California Zephyr - Empire Builder - Southwest Chief - Sunset Limited - Texas Eagle If you have been redirected here after viewing any statistical information, note that as defined by the Census Bureau, the western United States includes 13 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. ... The California Zephyr is a 2438-mile (3924 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Southwestern United States. ... Empire Builder is a train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Northwestern United States. ... Sunset Limited (eastbound) at the Houston train station. ... The Texas Eagle is a 1306-mile (2102 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the central and western United States. ...

California

Amtrak California: Capitol Corridor - Pacific Surfliner - San Joaquins
long-distance: California Zephyr - Coast Starlight - Southwest Chief - Sunset Limited - Texas Eagle It has been suggested that Califas be merged into this article or section. ... Amtrak California is a brand name used by Caltrans Division of Rail on all state supported and Amtrak operated rail routes within the State of California. ... The Capitol Corridor is a train route operated by Amtrak in California. ... Northbound Pacific Surfliner Cab Car crosses Carlsbad Village Dr. in Carlsbad, Ca. ... The San Joaquins refers to a train route operated by Amtrak California in Californias Central Valley. ... The California Zephyr is a 2438-mile (3924 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Southwestern United States. ... The Coast Starlight at San Luis Obispo, California. ... Sunset Limited (eastbound) at the Houston train station. ... The Texas Eagle is a 1306-mile (2102 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the central and western United States. ...

External links

  • Amtrak - Southwest Chief

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