This is now Union Pacific country – but in 1996, it was the home to mostly older SP diesels and ancient semaphores. It was just after the merger, but most of the traffic is still headed up by Southern Pacific workhorses. And the line between El Paso and Tucumcari is filled with Style B Lower Quadrant Semaphores. These signals were at least 60 years old, but still did their job protecting trains as they roared through the New Mexico sagebrush. See several sets of blades in the Coyote, Carrizozo and Polly area, clanking up and down with the passage of the trains.
Southern Pacific Tucumcari Line: Stacks and Semaphores
This is now Union Pacific country – but in 1996, it was the home to mostly older Southern Pacific diesels and ancient semaphores.
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