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Ken Carr
01-18-2006, 06:37 PM
With a recent fire destroying a bridge along the Sunset route near Yuma. UP traffic is being split between the BNSF transcon and the LA/SLC route with a record number of trains being seen for those living along the LA/SLC route. This heavy traffic load is projected to last through the upcoming weekend. As an example in the 30 minutes spent downtown last night over six trains were either tied up or exchanging crews or waiting to get into Vegas one behind the other. The yard consists of three mains but once out of the yard the track continues north or RR east for a mile with two mains before going to one. South or RR west the track is double track for six miles with main #1 being used normally as a siding until going to single track just west of Maule station. South of the crew change point three sidings had trains waiting for crews, while north of town four siding had tied up trains. The 60 mile bus was busy through out the evening picking and dropping off crews. So if you are in the area or planning to be you should be able to see trains continually at least through the weekend

J
01-18-2006, 07:40 PM
Fortuna Bridge shoefly was placed in service late Tuesday so traffic will abate.

Trains moving again following trestle fire near Yuma
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) _ Union Pacific trains were moving through southern Arizona again Tuesday after completion of a temporary crossing to replace a 780-foot wooden trestle that was destroyed by fire during the weekend.
Trains began crossing through Yuma about midnight Monday after work was completed on the temporary crossing over the Fortuna Wash.
Work also has begun on a new concrete trestle to replace the one that burned Sunday, said Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis.
Fire investigators with Rural-Metro say the fire was caused by people, but they don't have any evidence pointing to who or how it started.
The Union Pacific line sees about 50 trains each day. While repairs were made, Davis said those trains were rerouted over other Union Pacific tracks or some Burlington-Northern tracks.

socalrailfan
01-28-2006, 03:35 PM
Fire investigators with Rural-Metro say the fire was caused by people, but they don't have any evidence pointing to who or how it started.


That's funny, if you don't know HOW it was started how can you say it was started by people? :roll: Typical Rural-Metro!