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    Default BNSF's New Chief

    In April of 2020, Amtrak realize the pandemic was going to really hurt the company, so they started to explore other avenues. One was "Out-sourcing". Amtrak entered into negotiations with BNSF to run the Southwest Chief for a undisclosed fixed price. BNSF established a sub-corporation called Santa Fe Passenger Service. The Santa Fe was given a couple of complete Superliner Sets from Amtrak, and also contracted with Wabtec to convert a couple of BNSF gp-60B to a head-end Power server. Santa Fe, contracts the running of the "New Chief" with BNSF. One concession made by Amtrak was moving the Southwest Chief to the Southern Transcon. Santa Fe conceded to keep Alburquerque as a stop on the "New Chief". The attached photos are from a test run to flush our timetable and logistic issues. There is a "Y" about 2 miles south of the Alburquerque station that was used to turned the train for the reverse move into the station. This is based on a series of Articles where a New Chief timetable was laid out back in 2012. Using all Bob Wirth's routes....(some/all need updating to BNSF vs ATSF. This journey started in Galesburg, Il coming off the "racetrack".

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    The articles that I based this on, basically created a Transcontinental version of the Chief. In the article Amtrak's Capital Limited became part of the Chief, so the Chief started in Wash. DC. A brief timetable looked like this

    1:00 pm Dep Washington DC
    6:00 am Arrival in Chicago
    7:30 am Dep Chicago
    2:56 pm Ar Kansas City
    3:30 pm Dep Kansas City
    7:25 am Ar Alburquerque, NM
    7:55 am Dep Alburquerque, NM
    9:49 pm Ar Los Angeles, CA

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    Interesting concept. However, BNSF's freight locomotives have a 70mph speed limit. Amtrak needs to run at 90 in a few places to maintain schedule. ?? Have you re-geared the locomotives? Are the Santa Fe Superliners in the f/l? How about the '60B's?

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    All of the consist were download from Trainsim. The only modification was done to the 60b. I removed the eng section , change the type to "Carriage" and added Head-end power from old NALW F40ph.

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