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ARIZONA

Southern Pacific Tucson Division (Vail to Mescal)






US&S Co. Style B lower quadrant semaphores (Patented 1898)






These 10 locations were Removed on 11/10/95






Signal number East (E) or West (W) Double (D) or Single (S) RR location / Nearest town








1004.8 E D E. of Vail




1006.8 E D W. of track #1 (High Bridge)




1008.6 E D E. of track #1 (High Bridge)




1010.4 E D E. of Irene horseshoe




??????? E D Pantano (W. end of old siding)




1012.8 E D Pantano (E. end of old siding, by water tower)




1014.0 E D near US 10 underpass




????? E D W. end of Buel horseshoe




1017.6 E D E. end of Buel horseshoe




1019.4 E D near US 10 exit 292 (Empirita Road?)


Union Pacific (former Southern Pacific)- Phoenix Line (Dixie to Wellton)


Phoenix Line (Dixie to Wellton) Updated 6/1/99





US&S Co. Style B lower quadrant semaphores (Patented 1898)






Signal number Double or Single (P=paired) East (E) or West (W) RR location / Nearest town
867.3 D-P W Dixie (E. of Hassayampa River bridge)
867.2 S-P E Dixie (E. of Hassayampa River bridge)




866.2 S-P E Dixie
866.1 D-P W Dixie




862.8 S-P E Arlington
862.9 D-P W Arlington




844.8 S E




???????? D-GONE! W W. approach to Saddle




841.4 S-P E Saddle (E. end old siding)
841.5 D-P W Saddle (E. end old siding)




840.7 S-P W Saddle (W. end old siding)
840.6 D-P E Saddle (W. end old siding)




839.6 D E E approach to Saddle




837.7 S W




833.8 S E




832.7 D W W approach to Montezuma




831.5 D-P W E. end of old Montezuma siding
831.6 S-P E E. end of old Montezuma siding




830.8 D-P E W. end of old Montezuma siding
830.9 S-P W W. end of old Montezuma siding




829.6 D E E approach to Montezuma




827.9 S W W approach to Hyder




824.4 S E




823.9 D W W approach to Hyder




822.6 S-P E Hyder (E. end of siding)
822.7 D-P W Hyder (E. end of siding)




821.8 D-GONE! E Hyder (W. end of siding)
821.9 S-P W Hyder (W. end of siding)




820.8 D E E. approach to Hyder




818.7 S W W. approach to Horn?




814.7/814.8 Trilight W/E 2 head trilight/one mast




812.7/812.8 Trilight W/E 2 head trilight/one mast




811.0 D E (right along paved road)




808.9 S W




804.8 S E E. bound approach to Horn?




804.1 Trilight W Trilight on double case




802.8 S-GONE! E Kofa (E. end of siding), case only remains
802.9 D-P W Kofa (E. end of siding)




802.0 D-P E Kofa (W. end of siding)
802.1 S-P W Kofa (W. end of siding)




801.0 D E E. approach to Kofa




798.7 S W




795.4 S E




794.7 Trilight W W. bound trilight on double case




793.4 S-P E Growler (E. end old siding)
793.5 D-P W Growler (E. end old siding)




792.7 S-P W Growler (W. end old siding)
792.6 D-P E Growler (W. end old siding)




791.6 D E E. approach to Growler




789.5 S W




785.4 S E




783.5 Trilight W Trilight W. bound approach to Roll




781.3 D-P W Roll (E. end of siding)
781.2 S-P E Roll (E. end of siding)




780.7 S-P W Roll (W. end of siding)
780.6 D-P E Roll (W. end of siding)




779.6 D E E. bound approach to Roll




777.3 S W dirt cut area




774.2 S E McElhaney Cattle Co. site
Phoenix Line Update(11/15/98)


The UP's (ex SP) Phoenix Line (running between Picacho and Wellton,AZ) is
probably the single most mysterious Class 1 RR line with semaphores in the U.S.
There are 2 good reasons for this informational black hole status. Firstly, most
of the semaphores are in fairly remote areas (I did not say inaccessible).
Secondly, train traffic has always been very sparse. After Amtrak was pulled off
the line on June 2, 1996 all scheduled through trains had been rerouted. Since
this time detoured traffic has been sporadic at best, worse yet trains ran on
track warrants which allowed them to ignore block signal indications . In the
heart of the semaphore district many signals sat dormant and unpowered.
 
	This all changed on November 15, 1998 when engineer Tom Fooshee and
conductor Chris Corbet pulled out of Phoenix (10:48am) headed for Yuma. The
occasion was UP's famous E9 business train for track inspection purposes.
Immediately prior to this, UP's signal and track gangs had their hands full
trying restore over two years of neglect. The E9's ran over the line at 40 mph
with only one signal defect (a searchlight mind you) and NO slow orders. 

	So the Phoenix Line is open again to through traffic? Physically yes,
actually no. To my knowledge there have no scheduled through trains since 11/15/
98. I can't predict the future very well, but my guess is that this bird is not
dead yet.
	
Information thanks to Brad Hellman and Eric Schmelz.



Arizona Semaphores and California Wig-Wags (Sun, 23 May 1999)

Hello, 

	I currently operate light rail in San Diego. Having worked on the
Southern Pacific in the 1960's, I've always been interested in semaphores
and wigwags. Wigwags are as rare as semaphores if not more so these days.
A friend and I checked out the blades at and east of Roll, Arizona. The
semaphores still there and operational as of March 28, 1999. Not much train
action east of Roll. The tracks are rusty east of Roll, however they must have
run something within the past few months. Some signals appeared to be
malfunctioning (3/99), however these are technicially still in service. Due
to the infrequent rail traffic, signal maintenance is likely rather lax.
A wigwag still exists in Calexico, CA for how long, who knows. Still 4
wigwags left on mainline near Santa Barbara as of Dec. 1, 1998. All wigwags
in Gonzales, Gilroy, Martinez gone now. One wigwag still in Martinez on
industrial spur. Hope this helps in your information update.


Information thanks to Laurence J. Granfield III and Eric Schmelz

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