Friday, October 21, 2011
First culprit is...
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.