Southern Pacific Railroad Gallinas Turn at Duran, NM

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Southern Pacific Railroad Gallinas Turn at Duran, NM

The Southern Pacific Railroad Gallinas Turn has just passed the semaphore signals near Duran, NM on May 18, 1978. This train is taking the first half of a long westbound train to Gallinas, eight miles beyond the summit at Corona. There the crew would set out the entire train on the siding. It would then run around the train with the power, pick up the caboose, and return to Tucumcari. Another crew would use the same power to take the second half of the train west to El Paso. It would pick up the first half of its train at Gallinas and hope to make it all the way to El Paso before dying on the law. Although this routine required the use of an extra crew, it saved the railroad from having to assign extra engines to Tucumcari to get heavy westbound trains over the hill at Corona and made meets easier since most of the sidings were only about five thousand feet long. Disk 58