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Santa Fe Railway freight train symbol 869 at Bealville, CA

Santa Fe Railway freight train symbol 869 at Bealville, CA

Train 869, Extra 3438 West, drops downgrade between the west end of Bealville siding and the crossover at the mid-point. Train 869 was the old SWG symbol (Swig to the railroaders) before the big change to all numbered train symbols in 1971. It is a run-thru between the Santa Fe, the Western Pacific, and the Great Northern that goes up the inside Gateway. This line was completed in the 1930s and heads north from Keddie, CA to Klamath Falls, OR. The line then uses trackage rights on the SP to Chemult and continues north down the Deschutes River to a connection with the Spokane, Portland and Seattle at Wishram, WA. Disk 41