I woke up
as the train was in
departed and a little while later, we backed into
Eventually, the first two P42’s were uncoupled and moved onto a siding. I also noticed an old trolley car at the station. A TRE commuter train came in, being pushed by an ex GO Transit F59PH, but I wasn’t in the right spot to photograph it. Another train was due in around the time the train was scheduled to depart. I got a glimpse of it, but the train was being led by an F59PHi that TRE bought new.
after we departed, we were passed by the
I went to
the dining car for dinner, and the sun went down as we left
point, we passed a yard with some old passenger coaches; include one coach in
Amtrak’s Phase 1 livery. I bought a carton of milk from the café car before it
closed. Soon we arrived in
Texas Eagle arrived into
point, Bill called to see the progress of Amtrak train #1, the Westbound Sunset
Limited. The train normally originates in
Soon, the switching was completed
and the last two cars were backed to the East end of the station. The rest of
the train was spotted on the adjacent track. I went into the station and said
goodbye to Bill and told him to have a good time in
I woke up
sometime after sunrise. We were moving. I knew I was now on my own for the rest
of the trip. I went to the diner for breakfast. On the way, I passed through
the other coaches which were both unrefurbished Superliner 1 cars, and the
sightseer lounge which was a Superliner 2 lounge. The diner was a Superliner 1.
After breakfast, I took some interior photos of the lounge and one of the
coaches. I also took one photo during a smoking stop at
As we approached Alpine, Texas, we were first told that it wasn’t a smoking stop, but the crew must have changed their minds as it became a smoking stop. Many passengers got off for a cigarette, but since I don’t smoke, I used the time to photograph the train.
In order to clear a railway crossing, the train was moved ahead about one train length. I took video of the move before I got back on. We were soon back in the desert. We were still running on time. At one point, we saw that we were paralleling Interstate 10 which we could see off in the distance. Several times, we took the siding for freight trains as well as the Eastbound Sunset Limited. I wondered if we would get to El Paso on time. We soon crossed into the Mountain Time zone. Soon, they started playing the movie “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in the lounge car.
Despite having to take the siding for various eastbound trains, we arrived into El Paso on time. El Paso was a smoking stop, and many passengers stepped off for a cigarette. I used the time to photograph the train, some freight trains in a nearby yard, and some buses at a bus garage near the station.
After I got back on the train, I continued to watch the movie as we departed from El Paso, I took a couple more photos of the bus garage near the station. Before the movie was over, it was time for dinner. I had a steak in the diner while I had a conversation with a couple other passengers, mainly of train travel and experiences with little kids on the train. After dinner, they played the movie “Cinderella Man” which I had observed them filming a scene that didn’t make the final cut in the movie. I knew the train would arrive in Tucson around midnight, so I packed up my things and took some brief naps. We passed through the stops at Lordsburg, New Mexico, Deming New Mexico, and Benson Arizona.
Soon, the conductor announced we were going to stop in Tucson. I grabbed my duffel bag and headed downstairs to get my suitcase. It seemed to take forever as we stopped for several minutes by a railway yard east of the station. I was getting anxious to get off. Finally, we were on our way and we stopped at the depot on time. I got off and took a couple photos of the train.
After taking some pictures, I headed into the station where I quickly got a taxi that took me to the Super 8 hotel I was staying. After checking in, I asked for a wake up call, and called it a night.