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Short Train to Milpitas

By B Smith Three F units pull the local into Milpitas, California. Only an empty flat to be loaded at Hoof Steel and an auto parts load. The crew lines the switch and takes off the derail before backing into the auto parts/furniture and appliance dealer siding. Two unloaded boxcars at the furniture and appliance…

A Short Train on December 30

By B. Smith Things get slow around La Linda as the New Year approaches. The mine shuts down over New Years and the locals are focused on bringing in El año Nuevo the right way. The inbound local arrives with just two cars and a caboose. A load of molasses is spotted.  The handbrake is…

Onion and Chile Shortage

By B. Smith and CE Hunt A bad drought to the south really diminished the onion and pepper crops down in Mexico. This has led to a windfall for Mendoza’s Mercantile. Onions and Chiles mostly out of New Mexico have been frequent shipments into La Linda. Let’s catch today’s action. Here’s the SP loaner coupling…

The New La Linda Limited Service, Part 2

By B. Smith The brisket burritos were just as good as ever! With their stomachs full, and not even trying to think about taking a nap, the crew starts to drag the outbound loads down to the stock pen. So an empty molasses car can be pulled. Today’s outbound train is now together and shoved…

The New La Linda Limited Service, Part 1

By B. Smith You’ve always been able to head west to Los Angeles or east to New Orleans from Marathon via The Sunset Limited. As of today, thanks to the newly launched La Linda Limited, passengers can also head south the the border. The LCN recently acquired the second-hand RDC from the New Haven RR…

Milpitas, California, late 1980, on the Western Pacific

By B. Smith The local rolling into town. Only inbound pipe and steel today. Backing into the Hoof Steel and Fabrication siding. (How about that new Tangent coil steel car? Very nice product!) Looks like ol’ Bob took a header off the caboose.  He should retire before he really hurts himself. Coupling into the coil…

Just a Regular Day in La Linda on the LCN

By B Smith The daily run from Marathon has arrived in La Linda and the crew is in the process of pulling loads and spotting empties for fluorite loading.  Today’s southbound run had just four empty covered hoppers for fluorite loading.  Only two loads of fluorite to go north today along with a load of…

Train #1 Arrives, Part 2

By CE Hunt The night had lots of thunder and actually a little bit of rain, but not enough to concern the crew of train #2, today’s northbound, about washouts along the line. The skies are still threatening though the next morning. The crew is pretty well rested and ready to take the train north.…

Train #1 Arrives, Part 1

By CE Hunt With Albert “Al” at the controls and Paco, the front brakeman, train #1, the Pecos to Presidio main train, is about to arrive in Presidio. The local crew in Presidio has everything finally done to be ready for its arrival. The #1 crew will sleep over at the Three Palms Motel and…

Another “Hot” Run in Presidio, Part 3

By CE Hunt Time for the Ocotillo local to make its run. After a good night’s sleep, the Presidio-based crew has three tasks to do today before the train #1 arrives in town this evening: 1. run the local out to the silica mine at Ocotillo, 2. make the international bridge run to gather the…

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