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Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, Num 21
The El Capitan


Chicago IL to Los Angeles CA

2,227 miles.   41 hrs 45 min.

Amenities ...

Extra-fare, all pullman train, launched February 1938, Upgraded several times. In 1956, replaced by a hi-level train, with every pair of cars having stairs to match up with standard equipment. This was an extra fare train which ran twice weekly. It was streamlined in 1946. Full Length Domes were added in 1954. In 1955, the entire train set was replaced with a bi-level train with the entire passenger section 4 feet higher than the standard passenger train. Below the passenger compartments, the lower levels were used for additional services such as a café. The additional height bufferred passengers from rail noise, providing a quieter train experience. This train combined with the Super Chief for Winter Service until service was discontinued in 1971, when Amtrak took over service. Although the two trains were combined, the passengers of the hi-level coaches of the El Capitan, had only emergency access to the standard height cars of the all sleeper Super Chief. Real Indian guides rode the eastbound train between Raton and Gallup New Mexico, as guides to the local scenery.

Arrives Connecting Cities Departs
- - - Chicago IL 5:45 PM C 
12:52 AM C  Kansas City MO 12:57 AM C 
4:10 AM C  Newton KS 4:15 AM C 
4:45 AM C  Hutchinson KS 4:45 AM C 
6:27 AM C  Dodge City KS 6:30 AM C 
8:16 AM M  La Junta CO 8:21 AM M 
9:48 AM M  Trinidad CO 9:45 AM M 
10:47 AM M  Raton NM 10:47 AM M 
12:33 PM M  Las Vegas NM 12:36 PM M 
3:40 PM M  Albuquerque NM 3:52 PM M 
6:42 PM M  Gallup NM 6:42 PM M 
8:37 PM M  Winslow AZ 8:45 PM M 
11:28 PM M  (Phoenix connection)
Ash Fork AZ
11:28 PM M 
12:09 AM M  Seligman AZ 12:11 AM M 
1:55 AM P  Needles CA 2:05 AM P 
5:35 AM P  Barstow CA 5:37 AM P 
7:45 AM P  San Bernardino CA 7:45 AM P 
9:00 AM P  Pasadena CA 9:00 AM P 
9:30 AM P  Los Angeles CA