The Southwest Chief (formerly the Southwest Limited and Super Chief) is a passenger train operated by Amtrak. It is on a 2,265-mile (3,645 km) route that goes through the Midwestern and Southwestern United States. It goes between Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California, going through Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
Amtrak's Southwest Chief at Devil's Throne in New Mexico
|Service type||Long-distance higher speed rail|
|Locale||Midwestern and Southwestern United States|
|Predecessor||Super Chief, El Capitan|
367,267 total (FY15)
|End||Los Angeles, California|
|Distance travelled||2,265 mi (3,645 km)|
|Average journey time||43 hours, 15 minutes|
|Service frequency||Daily each way|
|Train number(s)||3 (Chicago to Los Angeles) Westbound|
4 (Los Angeles to Chicago) Eastbound
|Seating arrangements||Airline-style coach seating|
|Sleeping arrangements||Superliner Roomette (2 beds) |
Family Bedroom (4 beds)
Superliner Bedroom (2 beds)
Superliner Bedroom Suite (4 beds)
Superliner Accessible Bedroom (2 beds)
|Catering facilities||Dining car |
|Observation facilities||Sightseer Lounge Car|
|Baggage facilities||Checked baggage (select stations)|
|Rolling stock||P42 locomotives |
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Operating speed||90 mph (145 km/h) maximum |
55 mph (89 km/h) average (including stops)
|Track owner(s)||BNSF Railway|
During fiscal year 2018, the Southwest Chief carried 331,239 passengers. This was 8.8 percent less than it was from FY 2017. The route grossed $43,184,176 in revenue during FY 2018. This was 3.8 percent less than it was from FY 2017. Amtrak had plans for replacing the route between Albuquerque, New Mexico and Dodge City, Kansas with bus service. As of October 2018, these plans were canceled.
Accidents and incidentsEdit
- On October 2, 1979, the Southwest Limited derailed (went off the rails) at Lawrence, Kansas. Of the 30 crew and 147 passengers on board, two people were killed and 69 were injured. The cause was too much speed on a curve. Other causes included an engineer that was not familiar with the route, and that a sign that said to slow down had been removed during track repairs.
- "Amtrak FY15 Ridership & Revenue" (PDF). Amtrak. November 5, 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 1, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
- "Derailment of Amtrak train No. 4 The Southwest Limited on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company Lawrence, Kansas October 2, 1979" (PDF). National Transportation Safety Board. April 29, 1980. Archived (PDF) from the original on February 17, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2016.