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By B. Smith So here I am in La Linda, not sure how I’ll get back to Marathon, where hopefully my car will have been repaired. Might as well photograph the LCN local switching. They brought the entire train out past the stock yard and are now shoving back down the siding. They picked upContinue reading “Memorial Day Special (Part 3) or “Hey Boy, you want to work for the railroad?”￼”
By B Smith I was up early but found the rustic accommodations on the daily LCN local to La Linda already sold out. But there was a bus. Once more down that “road” to La Linda, but at least I wasn’t driving my car. No wonder the La Linda Canyon Northern stays in business. TheContinue reading “Memorial Day Special (Part 2)”
By B Smith The Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio scheduled a special steam excursion to raise money for their new museum. So as not to tie up the SP mainline the 2-8-0 and two SP passenger cars were moved in regular freight service to Marathon, Texas, where the La Linda Canyon Northern would allowContinue reading “Memorial Day Special (Part 1)”
By B. Smith and CE Hunt Here are notes from runs in 1993. This is based on actual traffic. We have gone back and looked at actual traffic patterns to get inspiration and reference material for our La Linda Canyon Northern Railway and Presidio & Northern Railway operations even though both of these operations areContinue reading “Traffic on lower end of the South Orient in early 1993”
By CE Hunt and B Smith This is the beginning of a series concerning traffic through a portion of West Texas in the 1990s. The series will feature the traffic diary of B. Smith supplemented by many photos. This is a rarely documented operation and will feature never before published photos. Here is how thisContinue reading “South Orient trains between Alpine and Presidio”
A whale in La Linda, in the middle of West Texas?? Okay, here’s the story — The water line to the cattle pen in Marathon, Texas rusted out a couple of years ago. Nobody wanted to foot the bill to lay new pipe all the way out there. At that time the UP was scrapingContinue reading “The Whale!”
By B. Smith (Click here to see Part 1.) While a number of people detrain I have time to get down to the stock pens to photograph those black widows. The units are soon cut off from the passenger cars. They are glorious! The units soon run around to the other end of the passengerContinue reading “A surprise visitor in La Linda, Part 2”
By B. Smith I arrived at the tracks at my usual time only to find the local pulling out of town! They must have come into town much earlier than normal. Jim Ramos was already well on his way getting the first fluorite car loaded. Looks like the friars from the monastery are about toContinue reading “A surprise visitor in La Linda”
By B. Smith The outbound train is dragged back to the siding and the loaded stock cars are coupled into. But wait! There is a load of perlite ready to go north also. Hope the cows don’t mind a bit of extra banging around. With a lot of mooing, the loaded perlite car is pulled.Continue reading “Finally, Agnes can get most of her Herd Heading North! (Part 2)”
By B. Smith Agnes, with the help of her younger sister, Blondie, Hector and his nephew, Paco, move her cows to the loading pen at sunrise. Tommy, son of Aunt Maria, told Agnes that stock cars are coming down on the next train. Unlike Agnes, Aunt Maria, the unofficial chef of the La Linda CanyonContinue reading “Finally, Agnes can get most of her Herd Heading North! (Part 1)”
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