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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Addendum: Circa 2016 BNSF Transcon vs Raton Pass Schedules

To follow up on the last post, I have provided some schedules that result in a win-win situation for everybody involved. The first one is of the Southwest Chief rerouted onto BNSF's Transcon Route.


3
Amtrak
4
15:00
Chicago                          CT
15:15
22:45
Kansas City
7:43
0:29
Topeka
5:18
2:45
Newton
2:59
3:40
Wichita
2:09
4:30
Wellington, KS
1:19
5:53
Alva, OK
23:35
7:09
Woodward, OK
22:21
9:23
Pampa, TX
19:59
10:30
Amarillo, TX
19:08
10:50
18:48
11:37
Hereford, TX                CT
17:54
11:40
Clovis, NM                   MT
15:58
F13:42
Vaughn, NM
F13:53
15:52
Belen, NM
12:08
16:02
11:58
21:21
Flagstaff                         MT
6:35
3:03
Barstow                          PT
22:50
4:56
San Bernardino
19:53
7:39
Los Angeles                   PT
18:09


The times between Newton and Belen are based on the Santa Fe's San Francisco Chief in 1965.

The second batch of schedules are what could happen if the residents along the affected portion of the Southwest Chief are able to talk to another operator like a shortline or an independent operator. Instead of one train a day in each direction, there will be at least three frequencies because residents between Hutchinson and Albuquerque could also start building the foundation of a Rocky Mountain rail system by proposing Newton-La Junta-Denver and Albuquerque-Trinidad-Denver services and localized Raton Pass runs that would serve fewer cities at more marketable times.


1001
1003
1005
Rocky Mountain Rail
1002
1004
1006
2:45
10:45
18:45
Newton                                               CT
18:55
2:55
10:55
3:20
11:20
19:20
Hutchinson, KS
18:19
2:19
10:19
5:25
13:25
21:25
Dodge City, KS
16:27
0:27
8:27
6:21
14:21
22:21
Garden City, KS                               CT
15:17
23:17
7:17
6:59
14:59
22:59
Lamar, CO                                        MT
12:40
20:40
4:40
8:15
16:15
0:15
La Junta, CO
11:41
19:41
3:41
8:20
16:20
0:20
11:36
19:36
3:36
9:40
17:40
1:40
Trinidad, CO
9:39
17:39
1:39
10:46
18:46
2:46
Raton, NM
8:40
16:40
0:40
12:28
20:28
4:28
Las Vegas, NM
6:53
14:53
22:53
14:14
22:14
6:14
Lamy, NM
5:07
13:07
21:07
16:00
24:00
8:00
Albuquerque
3:47
11:47
19:47
16:40
0:40
8:40
Belen                                                   MT
3:07
11:07
19:07


I have cut the dwell times in La Junta and Albuquerque to five minutes. As far connections go, #3 to #1001 and #1004 to #4 are guaranteed for anyone traveling between Chicago and Albuquerque. Anyone who wants to travel to Arizona and points west could use #1005, a local Raton Pass run, or a Denver-Albuquerque/Rail Runner combo.


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