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AT&SF Railway freight train symbol 308 at Goffs, CA

AT&SF Railway station sign at Goffs, California

Goffs is the top of the hill for the long climb out of Needles at 2,585 feet. Continuing west is a slow descent to Cadiz. I think the sign sits on the location of the old train order station. Before 1931, US 66 used to cross the tracks at this point. A new shorter road was completed between Java and Essex in 1931 bypassing Goffs.

AT&SF Railway freight train symbol 308 at Goffs, CA

The engineer on train 308 (Extra 5680 West) is beginning to throttle back as the train crests the top of the hill at Goffs and begins to pick up speed. I don't know when the water tank was painted silver. Many of Santa Fe's old water tanks remained in black paint until they were removed around the turn of the century. This one came down in 2003. Disk 49