RailPictures.Net Photo: 652 Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island) EMD E8(A) at Vaughn, New Mexico by Bill Marvel
 
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» Vaughn, New Mexico, USA (more..)
» July 27, 1967
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The Golden State and its predecessor the Golden State Limited have been plying these rails since 1902, but by July 28,1967, the end is less than seven months away. The joint SP-CRI&P Chicago-Los Angeles train, here just passing under Santa Fe tracks at Vaughn, New Mexico, still carries sleepers and a diner, but it can no longer compete with Union Pacific’s and Santa Fe’s faster schedules and better scenery, much less the convenience of interstate highway system nor the speed of air travel, which has entered the jet era. SP’s partner Rock Island, is struggling financially, and E8A 652 up front is showing its age. While neither railroad nor the train will be around 20 years from now, the E8A will survive after a fashion, passing from owner to owner in search of a permanent home.
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