The consist includes an SDP40F, an ex-UP baggage car, two ex-ATSF 44-seat coaches, two dome coaches, an ex-CB&Q dome dorm coffee shop, an ex-UP diner, an ex-CB&Q 10 Rmt – 6 DBR sleeper, and an ex-NYC baggage car.
During the middle of the day, Salt Lake City’s Amtrak station at the Rio Grande depot was a great place to observe passenger train power laying over from the Desert Wind and Pioneer trains. Three of Amtrak’s contemporaries were on hand on May 28, 1994, a GE P40DC (GENESIS AMD-103), a GE P32-BWH, and an EMD F40PH. On May 10, 1997 the Pioneer and Desert Wind trains were discontinued and by 1999, the Amtrak depot was closed and the tracks were dismantled from the depot property to make way for a shopping mall.
Amtrak train 26, the Pioneer slows for its station stop at Vancouver, WA, passing BN’s SW1500 of Frisco heritage (SLSF 326). The Pioneer had three more years to operate between Seattle, WA and Salt Lake City before being discontinued on May 10, 1997.