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Southern Pacific Railroad Gallinas Turn on the Golden State Route

Southern Pacific Railroad Gallinas Turn on the Golden State Route Southern Pacific Railroad Gallinas Turn

This is the Gallinas Turn operating as Extra 9096 West. It has Rock Island engines 384 and 368 plus SP9096. It will set the entire train out at Gallinas, the first siding eight miles beyond the summit at Corona and then run as a cab hop back to Tucumcari. Since the crews no longer changed at Carrizozo, the crew district ran from El Paso all the way to Tucumcari, 331 miles. Crews rarely made it all the way across without dieing on the law. To help westbound trains run faster up the hill to Corona, SP established the Gallinas Turn. I don't think it saved any time as it took extra time for westbounds to stop and pick up these long cuts of cars and make an air test. Here the train is out of Duran and approaching the signals at milepost 1504 on May 18, 1978. Disk 58

Rock Island caboose on the Southern Pacific Gallinas Turn