Views of ancient America and the Midwest from the Southwest Chief.
The Southwest Chief picture
Trackside only photos of this great train in northern New Mexico taken over two, two-day trips.
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Illinois & Missouri
More pictures to be added later.
Chicago Union Station,
passenger trains are
parked next to the Illinois
|Preparing to cross the
Mighty Mississippi River
at Fort Madison, Iowa.
|Near Carrollton, Mo.||LaPlata, Mo.||Crossing the Missouri
River at Sibley, Mo.
More Illinois, Missouri & Kansas from-the-train pictures
Kansas City, Mo., area
The Southwest Chief calls on the beautifully restored Kansas City Union Station,
one of the largest U.S. railroad terminals. In December 2002, Amtrak returned to
the picturesque station. A new walkway was built for passengers to walk from the
famous landmark to the lower level tracks. The pictures below show some of the
The Southwest Chief normally traverses the Wheat State at night.
For novice rail travelers, railroads' scheduling philosophy has been "mountains
and oceans during the day, deserts and prairies at night."
The overnight scheduling through Kansas provides for morning arrivals in California, allowing for favorable connections to other Amtrak trains.
Sometimes, when freight derailments or inclement weather delays travel, passengers get to view an area passenger trains aren't normally seen in broad daylight.
Crossing the Arkansas (pronounced in Kansas
as "ARE-KAN- SASS") River west of Hutchinson
Westbound, dawn normally greets travelers after Dodge City, Kan., depending on the season.
|Arkansas River||En route to
|At Dodge City|
snow nor ice...
All pictures taken by Doug Ohlemeier except those linking to other sites.
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