How to see America: A (nearly) cross-country train

Amtrak's Southwest Chief runs over 2,000 miles through eight states from Chicago to Los Angeles (and back). It lost over $120 million in 2014, but Amtrak says it and other long-distance routes like it are the "backbone" of its national train system. These photos were taken by Jonas Kulikauskas, a freelance photographer, aboard Southwest Chief Train 3 in September. Visit his website at