RailPictures.Net Photo: AMTK 46 Amtrak GE P42DC at Sierra Blanca, Texas by Steve Patterson
 
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Sierra Blanca (more..)
Sierra Blanca, Texas, USA (more..)
September 21, 2004
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Big West Texas Fork in the Road --- Sierra Blanca, where the TandP originally gained trackage rights on to El Paso over the SP. Westbound Amtrak Trn. 1 Sunset Limited with GE units 46 and 842 zip over the 3-motor high speed switch -- two motors for the long points and one motor for the movable frog. In an SP timetable, passenger trains were authorized 75 mph over this switch, freight at 70. The fork is 92 miles east of El Paso.
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The Lone Star State is big on route mileage but small on passenger service with only three routes for the second biggest state by size and population. Offerings include the Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle and Heartland Flyer.
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