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This portion of the former SP "Sunset Route" is now designated by Uncle Pete as 'San Antonio Area'.  This westbound freight is climbing a 1% ruling grade at Strobel CTC siding.  He is near the end of his run as in 10 miles it will be at the crew change point in Alpine, TX.  Alpine is also a division point with the railroad west of there being designated as the 'Sunset Area'.  Alpine is also where Arthur Stillwell's Kansas City, Mexico & Orient RR (later AT&SF) joined the SP for a trip up Paisano Pass.  At the summit the KCM&O diverged southwest to proceed to Presidio, TX and the US border while the Sunset Route continued west to El Paso, TX.   As the view turns westward you can see evidence of my railroad career-turned-cattle rancher with my stock trailer in view.  The zoomed view westward shows iconic Mitre Peak in the distance.

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