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Southern Pacific Advanced Blue Streak Merchandise at Stiens

Southern Pacific Advanced Blue Streak Merchandise at Stiens

Train ABSM (Extra 8975 West) is almost to the top of the hill at Stiens on February 1, 1974. I chased this train from near Del Rio, Texas to Ordway, California. The train traded power at El Paso and now has engine 8975 in the lead.

Southern Pacific train symbol SCLAY at Stiens

Train SCLAY (Extra 9393 West) is at the west end of Steins on November 24, 1975. This train originated in Birmingham, AL on the SCL and was routed over the former L&N to New Orleans. This was an impressive train with 176 cars. However, the train had a dynamiter and every time the engineer had to set the train brakes to control the speed on a descending grade, the train would go into emergency. This train was split into two trains at Tucson. Steins is at milepost 1129 at 4,350 feet in elevation. Disk 57