Wednesday, November 30, 2011

SWR is one year old

Been following other sites...

I have been a member of many on-line sites over the past few years. I started with Model Railroader/Train forum and then discovered Railwire a few years ago. Then MRH came along. I have just joined Trainboard and Atlas N Forum along with Southern Pacific Modeling Archives.

The more I can learn, the better off for my modeling skill set.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Santa Fe Fallbrook 1984


http://www.rtands. com/newsflash/ arizona-bnsf- partner-to- upgrade-safety- at-crossings- 4725.html

The Arizona Department of Transportation will partner with BNSF to 
install new technology to enhance vehicle safety at railroad crossings.

Crossings at Greenway Road and at 163rd Avenue in Surprise, Ariz., will 
be fitted with devices that allow trains to be detected sooner as they 
approach, providing more time for vehicles and pedestrians to clear the 

These new devices, allowing for "advanced detection," as opposed to 
simultaneous detection, will be installed at various locations along the 
Grand Avenue corridor. The "advanced detection" interfaces recently 
completed internal testing to ensure compatibility and reliability with 
ADOT traffic signals.

Both intersections are safe, with neither reporting any crashes 
involving the railroad in at least the past five years, according to 
data from the Federal Railroad Administration. No crashes have occurred 
at 163rd Avenue, which is designated as a "quiet zone" crossing.

Installation of the "advanced detection" devices will be done in 
coordination with BNSF, which operates the line along Grand Avenue.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Drive to San Diego today

We are heading to San Diego to see the grandchildren this weekend. Use to be when you would drive between San Diego and Fresno and or Los Angeles, it was quite the rail fan journey. From San Diego to Los Angeles back in the day you would see an occasional blue and gold ATSF freight and the San Diegan Santa Fe stream liner trotting down the coast. Los Angeles was like Chicago, a busy west coast rail haven.

There is a siding (still there) near Anaheim off I-5 where you could get a quick glance of an SP SW-1500 switcher with a string of cars sitting on the siding. The the UP overpass over the I-5 with the yard near by. And then (drum roll) Taylor Yard, the SP stronghold in Los Angeles. From the freeway you could still get a good glance across the river to the yards.

Then the Grapevine, nothing over the mountains until Bakersfield and the great SP Valley lines. The bloody noses MU's making their way through the valley over the black ballast. Yep, use to be a rail fan bonanza. Now not much UP action in The Valley, Nothing in LA and the Coaster from LA-SD is about all you see.

Joe Fugate's Siskiyou Lines 2007

Bruce Petty's Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley

Mark Lestico's N UP Cascade Division 2010

Charlie Comstock's Bear Creek and South Jackson 2010

Mike Danneman's D&RGW N 5x7 layout

David Barrows Cat Mountain and Santa Fe 1999

Fremo group in Europe Southern Pacific