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Southern Pacific Railroad freight trains at Deming, New Mexico

Southern Pacific Railroad freight train HOLBT at Deming, New Mexico

It is 9:02 AM on April 19, 1995 and the truck bomb has just gone off destroying the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. The HOLBT had stopped in Deming. Engines 9744, 9617, and 9778 have cut off from the train and are backing down the siding to pick up three Tunnel Motors for a work train at Sibyl. I didn't hear about the bombing in Oklahoma until I called my wife later in the day.

Southern Pacific Railroad caboose on freight train EUHOY at Deming, New Mexico

Santa Fe engines 7514 and 4004 wait behind the depot at Deming while train EUHOY slowly rolls by on December 3, 1977. It is late afternoon and to the east you can see the old coaling tower that was in town. Deming is at milepost 1208. The Santa Fe connected with the SP in Deming in March 1881 forming the second transcontinental railroad line across the US. Deming was the maiden name of Charles Crockers wife Mary. The depot was moved to a new site about a mile east in September 2004. Disk 58

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