Super-C (8-26-2015): ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’
‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ was a cool black & white movie in the mid-20th century. I saw it as a kid. The scene of everything mechanical on earth standing still was eerie. About four months ago I traveled through some of the area you posted about, and it was almost like the movie, everything standing still. A couple of hundred miles east and west of the Belen area nothing was moving. Well, almost nothing. The best that I can determine is that what was seen was a fluke, as everybody says the southwestern Transcon is THE place to watch trains.
West of Belen, at Rio Puerco Road, an eastbound stopped account of a red CP signal, red over red for no apparent reason. Maybe the DS went downstairs for a Coke. Finally, it got a green signal and took off. As you known, Super-C, that location is where the old westbound and eastbound tracks separated in Automatic Block Signal days, now it is all CTC.
East of Belen, at New Mexico Highway 47, the track wide centers is what caught my eye. Looking westbound:
Those trains in the just above photo were stopped. Did the earth standing still happen all over again?
That grade crossing had a new type of grade crossing box, not seen before by this Southern Californian.
Anyway, cool area. Thanks for starting this thread, Super-C. Others unfamiliar with the Belen area that visit certainly will have an enjoyable time, except by change the earth stands still when they visit …