Amtrak's Southwest Chief is a 2,256-mile route from Chicago to Los Angeles. The route is the successor to the Super Chief, which began service in 1936 as the flagship passenger route of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. The Super Chief was the first Diesel-powered all-Pullman service in the US. It remained in operation until Amtrak took over American passenger rail service in 1971. Amtrak continued the service but changed the name the the Southwest Limited after complaints from the Santa Fe Railroad. The hybrid name Southwest Chief was adopted in 1984.
The route is especially notable for its scenic passage in New Mexico along the route of the old Santa Fe Trail through Raton Pass, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Sedona Red Cliffs.
These photos cover two trips: one westbound to LA in 2010 and one back to Chicago in 2013.
Southwest Chief: Lamar (LMR - mile 941), La Junta (LAJ - mile 993), and Trinidad, CO (TRI - mile 1,074)
Southwest Chief: Trinidad (TRI - mile 1,191), Lawrence (LRC - mile 1,788), and Kansas City, KS (KCY - mile 1,828)
You could make a cartoon in crayons about a red square that falls in unrequited love with a blue circle, and there wouldn't be a dry eye in the house if you know how to tell a story. (Don Hertzfeldt, animator)