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    Default The "Impossible Railroad" Lives Again

    Hi all,

    This past week the Ministry of Transportation in Mexico approved a new rail connection from Ensenada in Baja California to Tecate in Baja California. This is a distance of about 65 miles. The purpose is to enable products to be shipped across the border into the U.S. Obviously this connection will utilize surviving parts of the Tijuana-Tecate Railroad in Mexico and the San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railroad in California. This action on the part of the Mexican government verifies some of the information obtained from the San Diego Railroad Museum about the possible start up of freight activity again from the border at Campo, CA to El Centro, Ca where main line connections exist. Their estimate was it could start in 2003. I have seen the evidence of repairs to the route on the U.S. side already. Anyway the good news for railroad fans is that this route goes through the spectacular Carriso Gorge with its fantastic grades, curves, tunnels, curved trestles and then dives to below sea level in the Imperial Valley of California.

    Regards,

    Charles

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    sweet, anyone have any pics?


    Greg Marck
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    Does anyone know if the "Ferrocarriles Chihuahua al Pacifico" is still operating? I rode it from Chihuahua through the mountains to Los Mochis in the 70's. A high nose diesel pulling heavyweight coaches through a beautiful landscape, with loads of tunnels and bridges.

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    Greg,

    Go to www.sdrm.com for some background. The best collection is in the San Diego Railroad Museum in the old Santa Fe Depot currently although it may be moving. There are also several videos and books available in some libraries. Another highlight of this route is the great loop along the route to gain elevation in Valle Redondo, Mexico. If you are ever in San Diego, don't miss visiting the San Diego Model RailRoad Club in Balboa Park. There are hugh HO-scale and N-scale layouts of part of this route.

    Regards,

    Charles

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    Hi!

    It's all going to depend on the result
    of the trial going on in San Diego
    Superior Court. It all started when the
    Carrizo gorge Railway (CRZY) tried to take
    over the San Diego Railway Museum. There
    was a special election when some of the
    members tried to reassert control of the
    board of the Museum. A Judge was involved,
    the it seems there may have been some monkey
    business in the vote. Now the pot has
    stirred up, and the Judge is annoyed. Seems
    the CRZY railroad was using the San Diego
    Railroad Museum's non-profit public trust status
    as a way to avoid paying taxes on their operations.
    The State Attorney General is investigating, and
    the books of the Museum have been pulled for audit.

    Source: The Reader Article: Train Wreck

    Tony Burzio
    San Diego, CA


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    Thanks Charles!



    Greg Marck
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    Hey...wow! The railroad "robber-barons" live! }>

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    Now you can ride the San Diego and Arizona. I've just released
    a MSTS route that cover the part of the SDA from Hipass to
    Coyote Wells. Check the file library and the thread
    in the Route Design Forum.

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