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The Southwest Chief descending Raton Pass at Keota, New Mexico

The Southwest Chief descending Raton Pass at Keota, New Mexico Southwest Chief descending Raton Pass at Keota

The Southwest Chief is near Keota as it descends Raton Pass toward Raton. You can see where the westbound track used to be. CTC between Trinidad, CO to Keota was installed in 1953 on 1 mile of single track and 12 miles of double track. The East Tunnel was closed in 1950. CTC was extended to Raton in 1958 and then to Hebron in 1960. The track from Lynn to Raton was reduced to single track with a passing siding at Keota in 1960. It was controled from the dispatchers office at Las Vegas. Disk 62

Southwest Chief descending Raton Pass at Keota