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PHOTOS: Moar from Kingman

Posted by kp5308 on Fri May 17 17:34:52 2019

The Kingman Terminal Railroad (a Patriot Rail property) operates over 3 track miles in the Kingman Airport & Industrial Park east of Kingman, Arizona. Interchange with BNSF is at a point on the Transcon named Berry. Power is these 2 ex-Southern Pacific SW1500s leased from Larry’s Truck & Electric:

An ET44C4 waits for a crew at Berry with the KGTR interchange curving off to the left:

The grade is noticeably steeper at the Hualapai Mountain Rd. overpass. Elevation here is roughly 3400 ft. By the time this westbound changes crews 60 miles from here at Needles CA the line will be 495 ft. above sea level:

East of town is Slaughterhouse Canyon, much smaller than Kingman. A westbound BNSF stack train with 5 GEs exits:

The one-story Spanish Mission style station in downtown Kingman was built by the Santa Fe in 1907. The construction utilized poured concrete in an effort to ensure a fireproof building. After falling into disrepair almost $1 million was spent by several government entities along with some private donations. The project took almost 10 years with a grand reopening taking place in 2011. Amtrak leases the former passenger side & the Kingman Railroad Museum occupies the former freight/express side. Stop by if you are in town…right off route 66…hours are 10AM to 4PM Wednesday thru Sunday. A westbound stack train passes the top notch restoration project:

The museum houses model railroads in N, HO & O scale. I had one of those blue Tyco Santa Fe GP20s when I was little:

A few blocks west of the station is Locomotive Park , home of Santa Fe 3751 class 4-8-4 #3759. The 1928 Baldwin was the last Santa Fe steam engine to operate on the west coast in 1955. ATSF donated the oil burner to the city in 1957:

Across Route 66 from #3759 the 2 mains split for the trip through Kingman Canyon. Two GEs lead an eastbound:

With 2 more in DPU mode including a C44 in Santa Fe lettering:

The split runs from Kingman to Griffith with Main 2, the normal eastbound main, (though this is all reverse signaled) having a longer, slightly less steep grade that basically hugs the hillsides, and Main 1 being shorter, and steeper, and generally laying at the bottom of the canyon. Heavy trains, like this westbound cottonseed monster will always use Main 2...a 2x3x2 power set is down to about 20 MPH on the descent. Bound for Fresno CA, this would be the only break from the intermodal parade:

Westbounds on Main 1:

There are 2 bridges in the canyon with Santa Fe markings, one of which is easily accessible. This is well lit in late afternoon but, in the interest of marital bliss I didn't hang around:

What a spectacular place:

THIS is why traffic was slow till about 2PM...just my luck:


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