Today, Amtrak had an officers’ special to bring awareness of the Southwest Chief (and the possibility of it
being forced to re-route if funding to upgrade and maintain the line between Newton and Albuquerque cannot be found)
Although it was not an advertised stop, the special did stop briefly in Lawrence after my Depot Redux counterparts
arranged a “flash mob” to greet the special at the station.
Also, when I mean an officers’ special, we’re talking the big officer: Joseph Bordman, Amtrak’s CEO. Also, Despite
having the head of Amtrak aboard, the special graciously took the siding in DeSoto to keep an already hour-late
Chief from falling farther behind.