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Santa Fe Railway freight train symbol 508 at Bluewater, NM

Santa Fe Railway freight train symbol 508 at Bluewater, NM

I chased train 508 up from Grants and caught it again at Bluewater. To the left of the red phone booth you can see a water tower at the Anaconda Bluewater Mill, mentioned later in this series. Double track opened between Grants and Baca (milepost 114) in 1924. Bluewater is at milepost 107.

Santa Fe Railway caboose on piggyback train symbol 199 at Bluewater

Two years earlier I caught the caboose on train 199 (Extra 5627 West) on October 30, 1977. While walking back to the car I noticed that the switch was unlocked. I thought that it could have been left unlocked while a M/W crew was working nearby, but it should have been locked for normal train operations and the 199 train had just gone by at 60+ miles per hour. So thinking safety first, I locked it. Disk 64