The El Capitan was Santa Fe’s premier all coach passenger train. In 1956, it received new Hi-Level cars for the entire train. It lasted 18 months as an independent train before being consolidated under the Super Chief numbers (17 and 18). The Super Chief, was Santa Fe's premier sleeper train for decades beginning in 1937.
The combined train operated in two divisions, with the El Cap cars in the front and the Super Chief in the rear. This is how it might have looked in the off season (non-summer) in 1971 (just prior to Amtrak in May), when passenger traffic was down.
|Leaving Needles, CA|
|Dining Car-Lounge-Chair Car|
|17 Roomette Sleeper-Dome Lounge-DiningCar|
|Combined El Capitan and Super Chief Entering Barstow Yard|