Amtrak Texas Eagle/California Service
Inaugural Run On Friday, February 6, 1998 !!!
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Photo courtesy of Gene Poon.
The inaugural run of the Amtrak Texas Eagle/California Service
left Chicago on Friday, February 6th and arrived in Los Angeles on Monday,
February 9th, 1998. This was the first Texas Eagle to run direct from
Chicago to Los Angeles via Texas in many years with no switching of cars
or passengers in San Antonio. This "through train" will depart Chicago
for Texas and California every Friday and make the return trip from
California every Monday. Three other trains will continue to operate on
this route each way each week, but coach and sleeping cars will be
switched with the Amtrak Sunset Limited in San Antonio, Texas.
I was onboard this inaugural run and provided live coverage and photos
along the way using my notebook computer and a cellular modem. A "Blow by
blow" description of events events is provided below. The above
photograph was provided courtest of Gene Poon of
Rail Trave News.
The train was sold out early. Amtrak added several cars just to handle the
large number of people, press and other VIPs that were on this inaugural
run. The train leaving Chicago had 21 cars making it the longest Texas
Eagle that Amtak had ever assembled!
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