Southwest Chief on the Dalies-Isleta Connector

 
  Yard Limit Beginner

Location: United States


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_7AEm-LIvU

The Amtrak Southwest Chief, train number 4, leaves the Dalies-Isleta connector and joins the NMRX Albuquerque Subdivision.  The Dalies-Isleta connector is a 14.8-mile single track main line operated by BNSF that extends from Dalies to Isleta.  The connector is part of the Glorieta Subdivision in BNSF timetables, although there is no scheduled freight traffic on the line. The only scheduled service on this line is Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, which operates one train per direction daily. The Dalies-Isleta connector is controlled using CTC technology. It is Class 5 track but is not ATS-equipped, so the maximum speed for the Southwest Chief is 79 mph.
Note Heritage unit 145 also seen in our previous video.  Phase III - Amtrak P42DC #145 debuted 1/30/11, the 1st engine released in the special scheme which is in a special version of Phase III. This version is very similar to the original Phase III scheme used on the EMD F40PHs.

This livery is not quite the same as the original Phase III that appeared on the GE Genesis, which consisted of the three stripes angling up from the center in front and becoming a straight line back to the rear of the engines. The striping is much lower on the engine than on the previous Phase III striping on P42s. The top of the engine is black with the black field angling down to cover the windows on the cab the whole front surface of the locomotive, with the exception of the striping. Amtrak elected to use the older logo typeface seen on Phase III equipment, positioning the bold "Amtrak" wordmark above the stripes and flanked with the year Amtrak was founded (1971) and the year of their 40th anniversary (2011) in a smaller, serifed typeface.

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The Amtrak Southwest Chief, train number 4, leaves the Dalies-Isleta connector and joins the NMRX Albuquerque Subdivision.  The Dalies-Isleta connector is a 14.8-mile single track main line operated by BNSF that extends from Dalies to Isleta.  The connector is part of the Glorieta Subdivision in BNSF timetables, although there is no scheduled freight traffic on the line. The only scheduled service on this line is Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, which operates one train per direction daily. The Dalies-Isleta connector is controlled using CTC technology. It is Class 5 track but is not ATS-equipped, so the maximum speed for the Southwest Chief is 79 mph.
Yard Limit

Always quality video @YardLimit.  Nice to see.

I am attempting to finf Dalies on the map in NM and cannot locate.  Can you please provide a link.

Does the Amtrak service pass through Belen?

Are you intending to share some freight action?
  Yard Limit Beginner

Location: United States
Always quality video @YardLimit.  Nice to see.

I am attempting to finf Dalies on the map in NM and cannot locate.  Can you please provide a link.

Does the Amtrak service pass through Belen?

Are you intending to share some freight action?
JoppaJunction
There isn't really anything at Dalies, NM, but here's a link:  https://www.google.com/maps/place/Dalies,+New+Mexico+87031/@34.7753152,-106.857987,959m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x87221eff4006a01b:0x9bee5a4e8cb56a95

There is no Amtrak service in Belen.  The Amtrak Southwest Chief turns north at Dalies bypassing Belen.
Eventually I will share freight trains however there is no substantial freight traffic north of Belen.  My current project is to document the Amtrak from Dalies to Raton New Mexico.  There are funding problems that may force the abandonment of the track Lamy, NM to Colorado which means the Southwest Chief would be re-routed along the Transcon through Belen.  
Thank you for the kind comments on the videos.  I sincerely appreciate that.
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Can I make a suggestion Yard Limit.

To assist us here in Sydney if you have the time adding the locations of the line you are historically recording to the database here would be of great value.  Not only to us but others from around the world.

You can add these locations to the RP database using https://www.railpage.com.au/locations/add

I have added Belen as a starter so you can see it on the map although it is not coming up on the database as yet.

Dalies is not searchable on the map included in the Railpage add location map facility.

The line heading north from the junction at Dalies has a vehicle on it at the time the googe map was taken.



The other end of the "connector" is
  Yard Limit Beginner

Location: United States
This was a good idea.  I've added the nearest map location to Dalies, New Mexico.  I've also added Bernalillo, Albuquerque, and Lamy, New Mexico.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
This was a good idea.  I've added the nearest map location to Dalies, New Mexico.  I've also added Bernalillo, Albuquerque, and Lamy, New Mexico.
Yard Limit
Hi.  I have reviewed updated and approved the locations you have entered.  Thank you for your contributions.

I moved the Dalies PIN to the exact location of the junction.

If now you take any photos and tag those on flickr (also adding to the Railpage group) , they will appear under the location for people to see.

Please feel free to add more locations as your research and historical work continues.

A current list of all US locations can be found at: http://www.railpage.com.au/locations/us
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@bevans I am adding a couple more to assist @Yard Limit this time on the line from Belen to Dalhart, TX.

https://www.railpage.com.au/f-p1966634.htm#1966634
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This was a good idea.  I've added the nearest map location to Dalies, New Mexico.  I've also added Bernalillo, Albuquerque, and Lamy, New Mexico.
Yard Limit

Adding Dalhart and some locations in between to Belen.

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