Posts Tagged ‘Albuquerque’

The Way They Began Service

May 25, 2021

Amtrak’s Superline fleet lounge cars are today known as Sightseer Lounges, but when those cars began revenue in the early 1980s they were named “lounge cafe” cars.

Note also the broad red and blue strips with white accents that ran the length of the car.

When this image was made in Albuquerque in early November 1981, Superliner equipment was still relatively new. The car shown is in the consist of the eastbound Southwest Limited, which later would be renamed the Southwest Chief.

Service Stop in Albuquerque

April 7, 2019

Superliner equipment had been assigned to Amtrak’s Southwest Limited for less than two years when I rode the No. 4 from Los Angeles to Kansas City.

The train is shown here making a service stop in Albuquerque.

On the rear is sleeper George M. Pullman, car No. 32009. It was the last passenger car made by the Pullman-Standard, a predecessor company of the Pullman Car Company founded by George Pullman.

Amtrak initially ordered 235 Superliners from Pullman-Standard in April 1975 but soon upped that to 284 cars.

No. 32009 was one of two sleepers on No. 4 on this day, but I had accommodations in the car ahead of it.

Nos. 3 and 4 have since been renamed the Southwest Chief.


New Check-in Procedure in Albuquerque

July 24, 2018

Amtrak has instituted a new check-in and seat assignment process for coach passengers boarding the Southwest Chief in Albuquerque.

There is now a reception desk, located next to the exit door to the platform for coach passengers to check in and receive a seat assignment.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said coach passengers are being directed to have at least one member of their party wait at the reception desk for train arrival.

An Amtrak employee will assign seats based on the train’s availability upon arrival.

Passengers who are on the platform with no boarding pass will be directed back to the station reception desk to receive their assignments.

Sleeping car passengers, as well as anyone seeing off or greeting passengers, will go directly to the platform.

Albuquerque Waiting Room Moved

March 13, 2018

The waiting room of the Amtrak station in Albuquerque was moved temporarily due to floor replacement construction work that began on March 6.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the work has meant moving the ticketing, baggage check and waiting area.

The ticket window and baggage check areas were moved by the door north of the main waiting room. After the first week of construction is complete they were moved back to their original location.

The waiting has relocated to the south end of the building to the Greyhound waiting room.

Albuquerque is served daily by Amtrak’s Chicago-Los Angeles Southwest Chief.

Southwest Chief Subject to Delay Due to Track Work

June 29, 2017

Track work being performed between Albuquerque and Lamy, New Mexico, is expected to delay Amtrak’s Southwest Chief through July 22.

In a service advisory, Amtrak No 3 may encounter delays of up to 2.5 hours at all stations west of Lamy while No. 4 may encounter delays of up to two hours east of Albuquerque.

The service advisory said that alternative transportation may be provided to passengers missing connections to Amtrak trains and Thruway buses at Kansas City, Chicago and Los Angeles.