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Info On Amtrak Desert Wind?  
User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4246 posts, RR: 2
Posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2473 times:

In early 90s, Amtrak had a train called the Desert Wind. The Desert Wind was the morning train from Los Angeles to Chicago ( The South West Chief depart in the evening) and it was the only Amtrak service from Los Angeles to Las Vegas at the time . The Desert Wind was discontinued around 1996, meaning on more service to Vegas form LA by rail. I believe, Amtrak tried to start another LA-Vegas service in the late 90s/early 2000, but I did not hear too much about it. I would like to know some info on this train, like what time in the morning, did it depart Los Angeles, and what time did it return back to Los Angeles? I believe it ran on pre merger Union Pacific tracks. Also why did Amtrak discontinue this train?

PS: Two things I liked about the Desert Wind. It had the same final destination as The South West Chief, but it depart in the morning like the Coast Starlight, and it went to Vegas.

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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12323 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2427 times:

Some info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert_Wind

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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17594 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
The Desert Wind was discontinued around 1996
Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
Also why did Amtrak discontinue this train?

The Desert Wind was discontinued in 1997 along with the Pioneer, both trains split from the California Zephyr in Denver.

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