Santa Fe’s line across the summit of Raton Pass in northern New Mexico is the railroad’s highest mountain pass and one of its most challenging. The torturous climb, stunning landscapes, and high-horsepower diesels added up to one of the best shows in railroading and this was especially true in 1994 when Pentrex captured the complete story of Santa Fe operations on Raton Pass. Enjoy the action as loaded coal trains are split and lugged across the grade in two sections behind red and silver Warbonnet Super Fleet diesels. Three units pull and three more push, throttles wide open, lifting the loads over the pass. Witness the struggle of brute horsepower as Santa Fe’s manifest H-BALJ diesels dig in and grind their way up the mountain. Ride in the cab of an AMD-103 as Amtrak’s Southwest Chief high-speed streamliners are brought to a crawl contending with Raton’s 3.5 percent grade. There are surprises in store for the crew on this trip, especially when the train stalls on the steep climb!
Onboard scenes, detailed maps, action-filled run-bys, interesting motive power including Dash 8-40CSs, Amtrak Dash-8s, and a new C44-9W, and glorious vistas make this one railroading adventure you’ll want to savor again and again. Pentrex brings you the thrill of Santa Fe’s Raton Pass, 1994!