Sunday, November 28, 2010

Amazing fast facts on the SD&AE

  • 50 miles of the line runs through Baja California with border crossing gates near Tecate and in San Ysidro.
  • The Goat Canyon Trestle across Carrizo Gorge is the longest wood train trestle in the world.
  • In 1977 Hurricane Kathleen wiped out major portions of the line.
  • The line goes through 21 tunnels over 14 trestles in just 11 miles.
  • Started by sugar tycoon John D. Spreckles, the line was later sold to The Southern Pacific.

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Across Carrizo Gorge

The Carizzo Gorge Railway (NOTE: Mission Impossible Theme for The Impossible Railroad)