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Southern Pacific Railroad Semaphore Signals on the Phoenix Line

Southern Pacific Railroad Semaphore Signals on the Phoenix Line

The north line between Wellton and Phoenix was completed in 1926 and had many semaphore signals. There were up to 12 passenger trains a day on this line in the 40s. Although these signals were photogenic, there was little train activity during daylight in the 70s. The two freight trains were scheduled through at night as well as the westbound Sunset Limited. The eastbound Sunset Limited came through in early morning. This is the east end of Arlington siding on December 17, 1985. We found some rail on a short spur off the siding that was dated 1923. Much of the Sunset Route looked like this during the 30s and 40s. After the sun had set, we stayed for awhile and looked at stars in the clear night air. As we were leaving we could see the headlight of the westbound PXWCY coming out of Buckeye. Arlington is at milepost 861. Disk 56

Semaphore Signals on the Southern Pacific Railroad Phoenix Line