SECOND of Two Posts:
All photos herein were taken April 13-14, 2008 ...
Arizona: Dome to Yuma
There is not much activity in this section. However ...
Signals are apparently being modified. Note that temporary lower signal units being added at the west end of Kinter.
Between Kinter and Blaisdell, rugged terrain is encountered that will require major cuts and fills
Looking eastbound from WITHIN the Blaisdell Control Point: Note the absolute signal in the distance on the left.
Looking the other way, westbound: The turnout at present end of the short, four or five mile section of two-tracks is being slowly converted to a full crossover.
The days appear numbered for the present Control Point Fortuna, the present western end of the four or fives miles of two-tracks from Blaisdell.
California: Indio to Garnet
Presently, grading has spread out from Thousand Palms both westward to Garnet and eastward to Indio. The turnout pictured here is the beginning of the present nine-mile or so section of ancient double-track (NOT two-tracks) from Indio to Thermal. Photo was taken from the Monroe Street overpass and looks west. New grading is on the SOUTH side.
Looking east from the Washington Street overpass. Grading here is on the NORTH side.
From Ramon Road, view is looking east. The NEW track is on the foreground left. The jog in the left track in the background is the former end of the four-mile section of two-tracks called Thousand Palms. The old cantilever signal is now out of service.
BEHIND THE CAMERA, the new track is on the north side of the old main. IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA, the new track was laid on the south side, on the left. As seen on the bottom of this photograph, the tracks change alignment as they go under the overpass.
Telephoto of same above location: The new Control Point is now operational, and both tracks in the foreground are active. The far background left track is NOT operational, but is slowly being extended westward out of camera view.
Un-ballasted newly laid track in Cathedral City
The Date Palm Drive roadway bridge widening in Cathedral City is coincidental. Un-ballasted new track is on the south side (right).
View is looking west from the Gene Autry Trail overpass. The Salvia siding is on the right.
Photo was taken from the Indian Avenue overpass in Palm Springs, and looks eastbound down onto the railroad timetable location Garnet. Main is on left, the "South" siding is on the right. The new main will likely be on the far left.
View looks west. From left to right, (1) the "South" Garnet siding, (2) Track 2, (3) Track 1 (former "North" siding), and (4) a Union Pacific spur. This Garnet location is the present end of two-tracks from the west (background). Note old absolute signals in lower left.
The Amtrak Station, Palm Springs.
Red Rock, AZ
According to the November, 2007 issue of TRAINS, Union Pacific plans on building a new hump yard at Red Rock.
Here is what the place looks like now (April, 2008) ...
A water tower! (There are a few left in America, believe it or not)
Looking railroad west from Red Rock freeway exit
From the west end Red Rock siding, looking west
Looking east from west end
View of east end Red Rock siding, looking railroad east