Where Are The Semaphores?

New Mexico is basically it now for semaphores such as:

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/611635/

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/631501/

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/632418/

Be advised the only regular traffic on this line is Amtrak's Southwest Chief and a (sometimes?) BNSF local from what I understand so the pickings for action will be very slim.

Assume you will be based in Phoenix area - will be 4 to 5 hours to the AZ/NM state line headed northeast to pick up I-40 then more time required to a specific location.

Have time to pop over to Colorado? Then consider catching the last wig wag signal on a mainline too:

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/577364/

 

Sorry I can't be of more help. The few other semaphores still around are generally protecting a crossing in a fixed (non-operational) position. However here is one that is closer to your home in Ohio:

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/442106/

645 posted:

New Mexico is basically it now for semaphores such as:

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/611635/

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/631501/

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/632418/

Be advised the only regular traffic on this line is Amtrak's Southwest Chief and a (sometimes?) BNSF local from what I understand so the pickings for action will be very slim.

Assume you will be based in Phoenix area - will be 4 to 5 hours to the AZ/NM state line headed northeast to pick up I-40 then more time required to a specific location.

Have time to pop over to Colorado? Then consider catching the last wig wag signal on a mainline too:

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/577364/

 

Sorry I can't be of more help. The few other semaphores still around are generally protecting a crossing in a fixed (non-operational) position. However here is one that is closer to your home in Ohio:

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/442106/

I'll be flying into Vegas and will be staying in Utah. But we're planning on spending a lot of time in Arizona though. I wish I could go to Colorado. Thanks for the help 645! I appreciate it.

By the way, I'm from Indiana. No biggie though. I can't tell you how many people thought I was from Warren, OH.

Railfan Brody posted:

I'll be flying into Vegas and will be staying in Utah. But we're planning on spending a lot of time in Arizona though. I wish I could go to Colorado. Thanks for the help 645! I appreciate it.

By the way, I'm from Indiana. No biggie though. I can't tell you how many people thought I was from Warren, OH.

If you're coming in via Vegas then consider checking out the Apache Railway as they are in northern Arizona:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_Railway

http://www.railpictures.net/sh...oad=Apache%20Railway

While the freight business is down for Apache compared to years ago might get lucky if they are running on a day you are out there. Their Alcos are usually nice and clean. Most of the business is now storing rail equipment but there is a pig farm about halfway down the line that relies on the Apache for hog feed and other supplies. If the Apache is dead the busy BNSF Transcon is also nearby - a few hours on it should net you some action of fast moving intermodals.

I drove out there on vacation but it was about 20 years ago and things have changed quite a bit since then. One of my highlights was chasing the Magma Arizona's RS3 with a freight out to the interchange and back - alas, they haven't operated since 1997. Saw the semaphores still active on the SP's Tumcumcari (ex-Rock Island) line too but this was a few years before UP took over the SP.  Arizona Eastern is down by Globe and the Copper Basin Railway is south of there - both of these operations are to the east of Phoenix. West of Phoenix was the Arizona and California Railroad.

Sorry about mistaking you for an Ohio resident - I may have been thinking of photo locations you favor in Ohio as you've posted a few pictures in the past of stuff local to you. I'm over in South Bend (NS ex-NYC, CN ex-GTW, South Shore Line) plus CSXT's ex-B&O is to the south plus Amtrak's Michigan Line is up in Niles.

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