The Southwest Chief part 4 – US Rail Journeys Series 2 Episode 5
From Raton to nearing La Plata
The Southwest Chief part 4 starts as we approach Raton. The train is running late as we reach Raton. It is dusk and we are seeing the last of the sun. The total journey is advertised as taking 40+ hours – click here for more details. There are frequent delays to long distance passenger trains as freight takes priority so they are often late.
After leaving Raton (pronounced ‘Ratone’) we pass through the Raton Tunnel. The tunnel is at the highest part of the pass at 7,588 feet (2,323 m) above sea level. As we leave the tunnel we cross in to Colorado.
The Southwest Chief is usually the only train to use this section of line. There is one ‘Chief’ each way each day. Freight trains use a by-pass route with easier gradients.
I have an enjoyable dinner. I then talk to two teachers who like to travel by train. They find it less stressful and love the scenery.
I get up in the morning to flooding by the side of the tracks. Very different weather to the day before! We travel through rain and floods for the rest of the journey.
If you’ve enjoyed this podcast please join me in two weeks for the next episode where I continue my journey to Chicago.
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