SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD
The San Diego and Arizona Eastern, the failed dream of John Spreckles and the city of San Diego, lives on out in this particularly remote western section of the Imperial Valley. Up until 1983 this line occasionally carried mainline railroad traffic from the Espee mainline to San Diego; the treacherous Carrizo Gorge and its miles of curving tunnels, ancient wooden trestles and daring heights, along with severe rainstorms, have regularly conspired to keep the railroad from getting though the mountains to the west.
Today, the railroad still collects traffic
from this lonely land; the Pacific Portland Cement Company mines gypsum,
the raw material for many modern building materials, from a pit along
the northwest side of the
This and the Sandia are the only branch lines in the Yuma Sub where the mileposts count up toward the west, rather than the east; for this reason the guide will begin at the "east" end of the branch, actually going compass-east in the process.
129.6 Begin Branch (CAL125A6)
Begin Yard Limits
Speed Limit: WB 40 MPH
nnn' AMSL; -0.7% EB
West-facing Mining Railroad Spur
139.8 SEELEY Station
146.2 Speed Limit: WB 25 MPH
End of Branch
Speed Limit: WB 25 MPH