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BNSF Railway traffic congestion at Rio Puerco

With all of the trains the BNSF was running during the Christmas Rush, it was easy for things to get backed up. A rail inspection earlier in the morning during my October 2006 trip had placed a 30mph restriction on the north main between Rio Puerco and Dalies. There were seven eastbound trains parked on the north main between Rio Puerco and the crossover at Suwanee. To prevent delaying Amtrak, the dispatcher ran number 3 down the south track.

Amtrak 4 runs around BNSF double stack train at Rio Puerco Amtrak 4 meets BNSF double stack train SALTLHW at Rio Puerco

Amtrak has crossed over to the north main and is meeting the SALTLHW (Alliance, TX to West Basin Container Terminal stack train).

BNSF double stack train SALTLHW at Rio Puerco