|The Southwest Limited heads east around the Houligan's curve near Chillocothe, Illinois. The first generation SDP40-F's are in Amtrak's Phase II scheme. Santa Fe had little or no problems with these units.||In August, 1977, No. 7, "The Empire Builder" is at Atkinson Road with two of the big units. The lead unit still is in the original "WC Fields" scheme.||Amytak 8, the eastbound "Empire Builder" at the north end of Deerfield, Illinois with unit 531 in the lead.|
|The westbound "Hiawatha" passes through Wauwatosa, Wisconsin in this December, 1974 shot. In this shot an E-9 B is the second unit. Combinations like this were common on the Hiawatha.||Brand new second generation SDP40-F's lead the westbound Builder north of Deerfield, Illinois. Notice the squared off front. This was taken in June, 1974 and meant the end of older power being used.||A few of these units managed to be restriped to Phase 3 as shown here with unit 634 leading the westbound "California Zephyr" at Cicero, Illinois in this summer, 1980 picture. By this time a number of these units were already being traded in.|
|unit 573 still in its original color scheme pulls the "Builder" by the Forest Glen station on the northwest side of Chicago.||536 and a mate lead the still "Rainbow" "Empire Builder" near the Halsted Street Bridge in Chicago. The Santa Fe and BN received the first shipment of these units in 1973.||A frigid December day in 1974 with the two units and the Empire Builder passing Morgan Street in Chicago. At this point the tracks climbed up from street level.|
|577 was a regular on the "North Coast Hiawatha" seen heading west at Lake Forest, Illinois. Again, the E9-B unit was combined with the SDP40-F||Eastbound AM8 (Empire Builder) at Ostermann Road in Deerfield with 533 in the lead.||A red nosed SDP40F shows itself as it rounds the curve north of Deerfield pulling the eastbound Empire Builder. 612 was not normally assigned to this train.|
|Westbound "Empire Builder" near Atkinson Road, just north of Rondout, Illinois.||AMT 498 was rebuilt for HEP (head end power). It is seen next to a phase II SDP40-F unit that no doubt was pulling the eastbound Southwest Limited from the Santa Fe.||The southwest Chief, led by unit 51521, crosses over the high lift bridge over the South Branch of the Chicago River|
|Unit 538 passes by the Deerfield, Illinois station with the westbound "Builder" August, 1977.||East Bound "California Zephyr" led by unit 597 approaches the Rooseveldt Road viaduct - a favorite haunt for rail fans in the 1970's. It's Augst, 1978 and Superliners and new units are on the way.||The North Coast Hiawatha on a hot summer day in 1974 led by second generation 580 in Deerfield, Illinois.|
|Most likely the last of the red nosed SDP40-F's seen here pulling out with the Coast Starlight. Taken in August, 1980, near the Los Angeles Union Depot Superliners were a few months away.||A Pooch (GE P30CH) leads the southbound Shawnee with new Superliner Coaches. The Superliner cars ran on local trains out of Chicago prior to their introduction on the western trains.||A
phase II E unit 334 leads the Builder with a SDP40-F unit
trailling. Notice the different location of the stripe
on the E unit compared to the picture of 498 on this
page. Seems like Amtrak had a problem of where the
stripe should go!
E unit 208 leads a train on the 16th street tracks with the downtown Chicago in the background in this April, 1974 picture.
Amtrak borrowed and later bought the bi-level cars that the CNW used for intercity service. Shown here with F unit 4088 are two of the cars on a Milwaukee to Chicago train in July, 1973.
Two SDP40-F's piggyback at McCook, Illinois with the eastbound Southwest Limited in this 1978 picture. Little wonder Santa Fe made Amtrak drop "Chief". Where's the diner and dome car? Hmmm!
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