Southern Pacific train symbol PBRVY at Sanderson, TX

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Sanderson was originally Strobridge, but was later named for Thomas P. Sanderson a railroad construction engineer who built the roundhouse. A flash flood came down Sanderson Canyon on June�11, 1965 wiping out much of the town and killing 24 people. The SP moved the crew change from Sanderson to Alpine in 1995 to equalize crew districts out of El Paso and Del Rio. Today, Sanderson is the "Cactus Capital of Texas." The town is trying to preserve the station.

Southern Pacific train symbol PBRVY at Sanderson, TX

Extra 8700 West (train symbol PBRVY) is changing crews at Sanderson (milepost 516) and a few minutes later is storming out of town crossing Sanderson Creek on December�4, 1977. The elevation here is 2,800 feet. Disk 100

Southern Pacific train symbol PBRVY at west end of Sanderson