The Balboa Park San Diego and Arizona Eastern took some creative liberties with El Centro, as I remember it's a curved portion at the end of the layout with El Centro really well represented fantasy-wise.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
A majority of the line was removed in the 1950s, especially south of the border in Mexico. The line from Niland to the border is still in use by Union Pacific.
It is said that train orders for the line were issued in both Spanish and English.
Thanks to Paul McGuffin for contributing information about this route.
ICC Abandonment Filings
|SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD|
|Docket Number: 20408||Date: 11/17/1958||Section: 1(18)|
|App. for auth. to abandon its line between M. P. 760.693 at the Internat'l, Boundary Line between the Rep. of Mex. and the U.S.A., at or near Cantu, and M. P. 763.388 at or near Araz Junction, a distance of 2.695 mi., together with all sidings, spur tracks and appurtenances, located in Imperial County, Calif.|
|Length: 2.695 miles||Citation: 307 ICC 805|
Monday, October 24, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
El Centro, California -This is looking West from Commerce St. This is actually a two sided large loading dock and an empty packing facility. I will model the depots in the back and some of the structures with Highway 86 on the backdrop.
Friday, October 21, 2011
There were several sidings (spurs) that crossed 101 to the peirs on the other side and The Westgate Tuna Company. Then on the right side or East side (looking North) was the lead to the El Cajon Branch, which ran down Imperial Ave. with trackwork in the street for a portion.
The tracks out of the yard pass large gas towers/tanks and tightly run on the East side of Highway 101 with a few industries from the yard to National City. The Santa Fe tracks were on the other side of 101 and served the other piers, ports and NASSCO: Shipbuilders. Using Google or Bing maps, you can get a better idea of the layout, even though the trolley and other incarnations of the SD&AE have replaced the lines, the layout hasn't changed.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
San Diego Yard and Waterfront
Campo to Dos Cabezos with Goat Canyon
Plaster City to El Centro
I started thinking I could model on a hollow core door, El Centro to Plaster City and now I have switched to an A-B sided door. El Centro on one side and Dos Cabezos on the other. Maybe one idea is Plaster City to Dos Cabezos with great desert detail and rugged arid rock filled mountains.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
I recently discovered that my great grand-father was an employee of SD&A Railway.
Could you recommend where I could find information on the earliest years of SD&A Railway?
His name was Erastus "Ras" Craig. He moved from Texas about 1895 to the Stockton, CA area. He is listed as a SD&A "road master" in the 1910 US Census. He died about 1918, perhaps on the job or a victim of the influenza epidemic.
You have an interesting web site. I don't know anything about model systems but do like the history that you include.
Thanks for any suggestions,
San Antonio, TX
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
What I am trying to achieve in a multiple dimension, minimalist look to this hollow core door layout representing The San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railroad (Southern Pacific) From El Centro to Seeley (New River) and onto Dos Cabezas. I have been inspired by the clean and aesthetically pure look of Mark Lestico's layout, John Leader's work and in HO Pele'
Soeberg. The end result is a deeper, detailed atmosphere, without clutter. Especially modeling desert scenes.