It’s late October 1981 at Denver Union Station. Amtrak’s westbound San Francisco Zephyr has backed into the station and servicing of the train has begun.
Superliner equipment has been a mainstay on the route for less than two years. The dining car crew has quite a bit of trash to discard that it has left on the platform.
Once the F40PH locomotives are refueled, the train cleaned and water put into the tanks, No. 6 will depart.
At the time that this image was made, Nos. 5/6 used the Union Pacific mainline through Wyoming. Through cars for Los Angeles will be detached at Ogden to be forwarded on the Desert Wind.