It has been a long summer, and I apologize for letting my webmaster duties slip so badly. I hope to keep things more up to date.
For November, the photo this month is quite intriguing. Here is the passenger train #1, westbound San Francisco Chief, making its daily stop in Amarillo on a gray and somber day. The photo has a lot of interesting details. This day the SFC is powered by three very grimy Alco PA's and one PB. Trailing the road power are two mail storage flat cars with containers, three head-end cars, four high level passenger cars and a string of standard-level cars stretching around the curve over 3rd Street.
Baldwin VO1000 switcher has coupled on to the SFC and is either beginning or finishing the job of setting off and picking up a Lubbock-bound Pullman sleeping car. A few ARM members discussed this photo trying to figure out way the switcher was being used. We came to the conclusion that the yard crew was doing the switching since Amarillo was a crew-change point, and the road crew as not necessarily with the road power. There could also be union rules that prohibited road crews from doing switching. If any reader can clarify this point, we'd be happy to hear from you.
Mail and baggage are being unloaded, and a number of workers are on the ground carrying out various duties.
An interesting duo was trains 93 and 94, the West Texas Express and Eastern Express, respectively. This pair operated between Amarillo and Lubbock, making connections with the San Francisco Chief. Number 93 left Amarillo at 9:35 AM, 5 minutes before the San Francisco Chief departed and 25 minutes after the Grand Canyon. With only a five-minute headway, it must have really high-tailed it down to Canyon to keep out of the way of #1. Number 94 arrived back in Amarillo at 5:25 PM, ten minutes before #2, and 30 minutes before #24. Until the late 1950s, number 93 carried a Chicago-Lubbock Pullman that came off of #1 to Lubbock, returning on #94 later that afternoon to connect with eastbound #2. According to this scheduling, the cars and power for 93/94 stayed in Amarillo overnight