Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak’s Texas Chief’

Santa Fe Story in Joliet in the Early Amtrak Years

June 19, 2020

It is Oct. 13, 1971, and Amtrak’s Texas Chief is departing Joliet, Illinois, which was the first stop on its trek from Chicago to Houston.

Notes taken by the photographer show that the all Santa Fe motive power consist on this day included ATSF 314, 316B, 314A, 316A, and 309.

The Texas Chief, like its counterpart that used these says rails, the Super Chief to Los Angeles, had a mostly all Santa Fe equipment.

They also still had Santa Fe operating and service employees.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Waiting for the Texas Chief

March 28, 2020

A crowd waits on the platform in Joliet, Illinois, as Amtrak’s Texas Chief arrives at its first stop en route to Houston after leaving Chicago Union Station on Aug. 17, 1973.

The SDP40F locomotives pulling the train have been in service for just about two months.

The train is on the tracks of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe and is about to cross the tracks of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific.

Next spring the Santa Fe’s dissatisfaction with the quality of Amtrak service will result in the Texas Chief being renamed the Lone Star.

Photograph by Robert Farkas


Keep That Guy’s Herald Off of Our Railroad

November 2, 2019

In June 1972 Amtrak operated a second daily train between Chicago and Los Angeles that was known as the Chief.

The motive power for the Chief was Santa Fe F series passenger diesels that had been assigned to the Chicago-Houston Texas Chief.

Nos. 15 and 16 were assigned former Union Pacific E units.

When they could, Santa Fe maintenance forces would obliterate the name and herald of their western rival.

Their handiwork can be seen on Amtrak 1427 and 1371 pulling the eastbound Texas Chief into Joliet, Illinois, on Aug. 6, 1972.

The Chicago-Los Angeles Chief lasted just one summer and Santa Fe F units returned to the Texas Chief in September.

Photographs by Robert Farkas