Amtrak’s Southwest Chief lives to ride the rails another day

By Karl Zimmermann, Los Angeles Times; September 2, 2019 “I stay positive,” said Mary Lou, the sleeper attendant on Amtrak’s…

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Southwest Bust: DEA Agents Ambush Amtrak Passengers With Controversial Searches and Seizures

By Amy Martyn, The Intercept; August 31, 2019 A few hours characteristically behind schedule, Amtrak’s Southwest Chief rolls into Albuquerque, New…

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Senator Udall of New Mexico urges Amtrak plan to preserve, modernize long-distance passenger rail

By Chris Galford, Transportation Today; July 1, 2019 During an oversight hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee last week, U.S.…

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New Mexico: Shakespeare hitches a ride on the Rail Runner

A Staff Report, Albuquerque Journal; June 1, 2019 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Travelers on the Rail Runner this month may find…

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Andrew Selden’s Rail Odyssey: A great circle tour of the American West on Amtrak trains

By Andrew Selden; March 24, 2019 In late February my wife and I undertook a three-week, 5,800-mile, great circle loop…

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Bomb Cyclone Winds Blow Union Pacific Freight Train Off Railroad Bridge in New Mexico

By Kyle Cheromcha, The Drive; March 14, 2019 A unusually powerful “bomb cyclone” storm system sweeping across the central United…

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Amtrak to participate in TIGER grant for Southwest Chief

By Chad Frey, Newton Kansan, The Kansan; February 27, 2019 Another round of the fight to preserve the Southwest Chief…

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How the west was won – by a trackside restaurant chain

From Sunday Morning, CBS News; February 24, 2019 Last fall, a cheer went up as a grand hotel from a…

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BNSF outlines capex plans for California, New Mexico and Texas

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; February 21, 2019 BNSF Railway Co. yesterday unveiled its 2019 capital expenditure plans for California, New…

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New Mexico: $800,000 Rail Runner stop sits abandoned

By The Associated Press, Santa Fe New Mexican; February 16, 2019 ALBUQUERQUE — It’s been a decade since the Rail…

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U.S. investing $50 million in Amtrak Southwest Chief route that passes through New Mexico

By Steve Terrell, Santa Fe New Mexican; February 15, 2019 The federal government will pump $50 million into Amtrak’s Southwest…

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Train ridership continues to fall in New Mexico

By Dan McKay, Staff Writer, Albuquerque Journal; January 14, 2019 SANTA FE – Ridership on New Mexico’s commuter rail system…

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Uncertainty around Amtrak’s Southwest Chief holds up Heartland Flyer extension

By Chad Frey, Newton Kansan; October 5, 2018 Deborah Fischer Stout, the president of the Northern Flyer Alliance, had the…

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Amtrak commits to another year of the Southwest Chief on current route with no changes

By Chad Frey, Newton Kansan; October 3, 2018 U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), members of…

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New Mexico Rail Runner Express: Time to reinvent the wheel?

By T.S. Last, Staff Writer, Albuquerque Journal; September 21, 2018 Voters in four counties this November are being asked to…

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Amtrak May Put Passengers on Buses in Fight Over Safety Upgrade

By Alan Levin, Bloomberg; September 13, 2018 As railroads across the nation race to complete a congressional deadline for installing…

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Bipartisan Senators To House THUD Appropriators: Preserve Funding For Amtrak’s Southwest Chief

By Carol A. Clark, Los Alamos Daily Post; September 11, 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tom…

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As Amtrak Proposes Changes to Long-Distance Trains, Passenger Rail Advocates Sound the Alarm

By Justin Franz, Flathead Beacon; August 30, 2018 Passenger rail advocates are raising concerns about changes to Amtrak’s long-distance trains…

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New Mexico: No injuries in Rail Runner derailment at Santa Fe Depot

By Elayne Lowe, Digital Enterprise Reporter; Santa Fe New Mexican; August 23, 2018 The New Mexico Rail Runner Express derailed…

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Railroads in Illinois, New Mexico, Texas and New Jersey secure $73M in Positive Train Control grants

By Mischa Wanek-Libman, Editor, RT&S Magazine; August 22, 2018 News began to trickle out from congressional offices regarding which properties…

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New Mexico: Rail Runner gets safety-upgrade funds

By Dan McKay, Staff Writer, Albuquerque Journal; August 21, 2018 SANTA FE – New Mexico’s commuter rail system has pieced…

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Essay | The Last Train To Grand Canyon: How Amtrak Fails The National Parks—And America

By Alfred Runte, National Parks Traveler; August 8, 2018 Editor’s note: National parks historian Alfred Runte has over the years closely…

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Passenger rail service still needs backing

Commentary By Evan Stair, Santa Fe New Mexican; August 7, 2018 Many hopes rest on the Udall-Moran Southwest Chief Route…

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Senate bill will keep Amtrak’s Southwest Chief rail service intact

By Rafael Garcia, The Wichita Eagle; August 1, 2018 Westward passenger train service on the Southwest Chief line should stay…

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City urging Amtrak not to make changes to train route that runs through Lawrence, Kansas

From The Lawrence Journal-World; July 30, 2018 In her years as a volunteer caretaker at the Santa Fe train station…

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