Southwest Chief: Lamar (LMR - mile 941), La Junta (LAJ - mile 993), and Trinidad, CO (TRI - mile 1,074)
After the sun comes up in Colorado, the scenery gets somewhat more interesting.
Our smoke stop in La Junta, CO gave me a chance to check out the train. We were being pulled by pair of GE P42DC four-axle locomotives, the front built in 2001 and the slave in 1997. They weigh 134 tons apiece and provided a combined 8,500 horsepower.
Bathrooms are the weak link in any public amenity and the Superliners are no exception. While this particular set of bathrooms was fairly clean compared to some of my other Amtrak experiences, they are still extraordinarily cramped. This one was actually a double-wide with a compartment on the side for changing (where I stood while filming). Many of them have only a single-stall.