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LAX - San Diego track considered to be in peril.
Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 8:13 PM

Article about the report to legislature of 7 areas that have potential to be involved in landslides stopping service once again.  Note one or more sites north of LAX.

'The Rail Corridor Has Never Been In More Jeopardy' - Railway Track and Structures (rtands.com)

 

 

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Posted by azrail on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 1:37 PM

How were Santa Fe and SP able to keep these lines in operation for over 100 years?-not enough track workers?

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 1:51 PM

azrail

How were Santa Fe and SP able to keep these lines in operation for over 100 years?-not enough track workers?

 
As has been mentioned elsewhere over the years, maintenance-of-way has become increasingly mechanized and manpower requirements have shrunk dramatically.  Also, climate change is a factor.
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Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 5:48 PM

azrail
How were Santa Fe and SP able to keep these lines in operation for over 100 years?-not enough track workers?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1VVIVIK4Ow

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Posted by Gramp on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 7:28 AM

Nice!

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 1:04 PM

Gramp
Nice!

Notice how many men were involved in track maintenance - back in the day!

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Posted by Gramp on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 1:37 PM

Yes, and it made it easy to see how railroads then were woven into everyone's every day living by one way or another.

Do the western lines today have trouble with dust storms fouling up the tracks?

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Posted by MidlandMike on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 8:12 PM

Gramp
Do the western lines today have trouble with dust storms fouling up the tracks?

I remember on an Amtrak trip about 30 years ago when the still ran between Salt Lake and LA, in the Mojave Desert there was a long line of trees along the track fed by drip irrigation.  You can see it on Google Maps in satellite view between Kelso and Crucero, CA

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, May 25, 2023 8:31 AM

MidlandMike
in the Mojave Desert there was a long line of trees along the track fed by drip irrigation. 

This was provided along the Sunset Route through the Palm Springs area by the middle 1990s -- in the vicinity of Ramon Road it was thick and heavy enough to block the view of trains from the overhead road bridge.

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