Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
Crookton, Arizona (West Crookton)
November 12, 1995
Another view of the "old mainline" further east of West Crookton, looking downgrade in the direction of Ash Fork. This was the steeper of the two lines; the other (out of sight at the right) used several sharp curves and a tunnel to reduce the grade, though not by much. The Santa Fe's distinctive reddish ballast in this region makes the grade easy to spot in the arid desert.
This page posted 11/1/2018. Text and photo ©2018 Lamont Downs.