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Santa Fe Railway freight train symbol 821 at Winslow, AZ

Santa Fe Railway freight train symbol 821 at Winslow, AZ

The tracks here swing around the area of the old turntable and roundhouse off to the left. This picture was taken from the pedestrian bridge that spanned the three inspection tracks by the old fuel racks. Train 821 is slowing and will stop for a crew change by the old passenger station at the east end of the yard. In the distance (above the first auto parts boxcar) you can see the drive-in movie screen. Behind that is the highway to the airport bridging over the tracks beyond West Winslow. Almost lost in the haze beyond this bridge are the San Francisco Peaks 40 miles to the west.

Santa Fe Railway engines on freight train symbol 821 at Winslow, AZ

To the right is the turn table for the old roundhouse. Just out of the picture to the right are the old fueling racks. For many years the fuel racks were at this location. When most engines only had 1,200 gallon fuel tanks, all through trains would stop for inspection and have the fuel tanks topped off. When fuel tanks went to greater than 3,000 gallons, locomotives could run between Barstow and Belen without having to be topped off at Winslow. The railroads also went to 1,000 mile inspections, so trains didn't have to stop by the old roundhouse for inspection. Most through trains then changed crews in front of the old passenger station at the east end of the yard. Around 1990, the Santa Fe moved out of the La Posada and setup a building near the old fuel racks for changing crews. The empty parking lot you see beyond the engines is now filled with the cars of crew members out on the road. Winslow is at milepost 286 at an elevation of 4,850 feet. Disk 68