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Santa Fe Railroad train symbol 777 at Williams Junction, AZ

Santa Fe Railroad train symbol 777 at Williams Junction, AZ

To reduce the steep grades and curvature on the original mainline between Williams and Ash Fork, The Santa Fe built a new line from Williams Junction to Crookton. This line relocation was completed on December 19, 1960.

Santa Fe Railroad engines on train symbol 777 at Williams Junction, AZ

Train LAQ42 out of Phoenix became train 777 at Ash Fork. It would setout traffic between Williams Jct. and Winslow for connecting trains. It was scheduled out of Ash Fork at 9:30AM.

Santa Fe Railroad brakeman using hand signals to make a set out at Williams Junction, AZ

Train 777 is setting out the Chicago piggyback traffic at Williams Jct. on May 27, 1989. Disk 71

Santa Fe Railroad brakeman using hand signals to make a set out at Williams Junction, AZ Santa Fe Railroad train symbol 777 at Williams Junction, AZ signal bridge

After switching out the piggyback traffic for Chicago, the units recouple to the train, do an air test, and then the train heads east again.

Santa Fe Railroad caboose on train symbol 777 at Williams Junction, AZ station sign

I'm standing on the original right of way. The Santa Fe realigned the track when it put in the Crookton Cutoff in 1960. Disk 71