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Down to Belen: 1943

Down to Belen: 1943

March 1943. "Belen, New Mexico. Going across the Rio Grande River Valley on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe R.R. between Vaughn and Belen, New Mexico. There is a drop of over 1600 feet in elevation." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

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Riding the yellow

The 45 degree blade of the semaphore signal at the other end of the bridge is called an "Approach Signal", and means "Proceed prepared to stop at next signal."

This tells the engineer of the train we are riding that we are closely following another train - sorta like seeing taillights ahead of you on the highway. Or, it may be telling us that we are going to meet another train at the next siding. Context sensitive.

Still going down

As near as the Google car could get:

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