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Sunset Route Double Track Update
 
« on: Mar 21st, 2007, 7:19am »
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OMAHA, Neb. - Union Pacific says its multi-year project to double-track the busy 760-mile Sunset Route between West Colton, Calif., and El Paso, Texas, reached the halfway mark at the end of 2006. Predecessor Southern Pacific began the project, which UP continued after the 1996 merger. Early work extended from the Port of Long Beach to Garnett, Calif., and most of the line from Tucson to El Paso now is double track. The line sees an average of 50 trains per day.
 
Work has accelerated in the last two and a half years, with 136 miles of new concrete-tie track constructed adjacent to the existing main line between Strauss and Mondel, N.M. More than 15 new control points have been installed, and 22 setout tracks have been added.
 
In 2006 alone, 57 miles of new track, six new control points, and eight setout tracks were completed and put into operation. Recent work has been concentrated between Dona and Lordsburg, N.M., as well as a short segment between Fortuna and Blaisedell, Ariz., east of Yuma on the Gila Subdivision.
 
Plans call for another 380 miles of double track during the next four to five years. It's anticipated that 52 miles will be completed on the Gila and Lordsburg Subs this year. Track employees spend eight days at a time on the project, followed by seven days off. Grading work is nearly complete between Lordsburg and Mondel, and work has begun between San Simon and Luzena, Ariz. Grading work will move to the Tucson area during second quarter 2007.


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Re: Sunset Route Double Track Update
 
« Reply #1 on: Mar 26th, 2007, 9:23am »
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Sounds good, but there are a few things that leave me scratching my head.
 
First, here is the line with mileposts from employee timetable infromation in 2004:
 
--------Los Angeles Union Station:  from here it is 0.6 miles to Yuma Junction
..482.8  Yuma Junction
..514.3  Pomona
..538.5  Rancho (Palmdale cutoff junction)
..732.4  Yuma
..979.4  Tucson
1149.7  Lordsburg
1298.2  El Paso
distance of 815.4 miles based on difference in mileposts.  Actual distance is different, probably a couple to a few miles less due to realignments over the years.  
 
From these same timetables, the locations and lengths of double track and single track sections in 2004 were:
 
..482.8 Yuma Junction
.....|.|........5.5 miles (DT)
..488.3 Alhambra
......|........49.4 miles (ST)
..537.7 Slover
.....|.|.......50.6 --> Includes Beaumont Hill.  About 35 miles has long been double.
..588.3 Garnet
......|........21.3
..609.6 West Indio
.....|.|.........9.1
..618.7 Thermal
......|......107.1
..725.8 Araz
.....|.|.........6.3
..732.1 Colorado
......|..........0.3  (Colorado River Bridge)
..732.4 Yuma
.....|.|.........5.1
..737.5 East Yard
......|........15.7
..753.2 Dome
.....|.|.......17.6
..770.8 Wellton  (West end Phoenix Line)
......|........48.0
..818.8 Stanwix
.....|.|.......12.4
..831.2 Sentinal  
......|......148.2
..979.4 ..Stockham.  (36th St. Tucson is at milepost 987.7)  
.....|.|.......86.1 (includes section up to about mp 1025 that has long been double)
1065.5 Cochies
......|........15.7
1081.2 Raso
.....|.|.......10.6
1091.8 Luzena
......|........21.2
1113.0 San Simon
.....|.|.......21.6
1134.6 Mondel
......|......143.8
1278.4 Strauss
.....|.|.......19.8
1298.2 El Paso  
 
Based on this, at the time, the line had:
244.7 miles = 30% double track and  
570.7 miles = 70% single track.
 
Based on the press release, 516 miles of this 570 will get a second main.  This would get everything doubled east of Rancho, where the Palmdale cutoff comes in.  The remaining portion into LA has considerably less freight and the availability of the UP line through Riverside.  I will pick on what is happening where according to this press release later.  No time now.  
 
George  


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Re: Sunset Route Double Track Update
 
« Reply #2 on: Mar 26th, 2007, 12:09pm »
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They've been trying to double track that for years! Granted laying down hundreds of miles of second track is no easy feat, but I was shocked to hear they were only half way done with it. I am excited that I will get to see some of it while it's still single track though.
 
Sometimes I connect my computer to the ATCS server which covers the Sunset Route between Tucson and Lordsburg. Most of that is double track now. Between Tucson and Yuma, it's mostly single, and that is where most of the double tracking work is taking place I've heard.


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Re: Sunset Route Double Track Update
 
« Reply #3 on: Mar 26th, 2007, 11:28pm »
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What leaves me scratching my head in this press release is such stuff as the connections between:
 
"136 miles of new concrete-tie track constructed adjacent to the existing main line between Strauss and Mondel"
 
1278.4  Straus
1134.6  Mondel
 
There is 143.8 miles between these two points, and if you consider that the 15 sidings of 8,000 ft plus each between these two points sum up to 24 miles in length, it would sound they got all of it in this 136 miles of new track.
 
But then you go on to read:   In 2006 alone, 57 miles of new track, . . . Dona and Lordsburg, N.M., . . .  Fortuna and Blaisedell, Ariz.  
 
1239.0  Dona
1149.7  Lordsburg
 
..746.6  Blaisdell
..742.8  Fortuna
 
Now, Dona and Lordsburg are 89 miles apart and both are between Strauss and Mondel.  So, if we take 136 + 53 = 189 miles of second track between two points 144 miles apart?  Maybe this 53 miles is supposed to be part of the 136 miles.  That is all I can think of that makes sense, as you go on to see, "Grading work is nearly complete between Lordsburg and Mondel" which is another 15 miles also between Strauss and Mondel.  Now, we don't have the full distance because 53 + 15 is less than 136, and far less than the sum of the distances between sidings in this section.  
 
Maybe we have to say that 136 miles is the total here and they are only talking about parts of it.  I had started of thinking, I could figure out what was now double and what was still single, but the numbers don't work.  It appears that most of the line east of Tucson is now double track, but where the single track sections remaining are can't be figured out from what is said here.  
 
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« Reply #4 on: Oct 28th, 2007, 10:52pm »
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November 2007 Trains Magazine has a nice article by Fred Frailey on this subject.   Answers most of my questions.
 
First:  It is 100% in New Mexico.  In fact, mile 1113 to 1298, so 185 miles of continuous double track.  Arizona is moving slower in part because of demands by the state that UP is fighting.  With the completion, probably already accomplished, of the section described as under construction in the article plus one more short section, there will be 318 miles of continuous double track, all the way from Tucson to El Paso.
 
Based on what is in the article, I will modify what I had before from the ETT.  First, here is the line with mileposts from employee timetable infromation in 2004:  
 
--------Los Angeles Union Station:  from here it is 0.6 miles to Yuma Junction  
..482.8  Yuma Junction  
..514.3  Pomona  
..538.5  Rancho (Palmdale cutoff junction)  
..732.4  Yuma  
..979.4  Tucson  
1149.7  Lordsburg  
1298.2  El Paso  
distance of 815.4 miles based on difference in mileposts.  Actual distance is different, probably a couple to a few miles less due to realignments over the years.    
 
No changes in California from previous information.
 
..482.8 Yuma Junction  
.....|.|........5.5 miles (DT)  
..488.3 Alhambra  
......|........49.4 miles (ST)  
..537.7 Slover  
.....|.|.......50.6 --> Includes Beaumont Hill.  About 35 miles has long been double.  
..588.3 Garnet  
......|........21.3  
..609.6 West Indio  
.....|.|.........9.1  
..618.7 Thermal  
......|......107.1  
..725.8 Araz  
.....|.|.........6.3  
..732.1 Colorado  
......|..........0.3  (Colorado River Bridge)  
..732.4 Yuma  
.....|.|.........5.1  
..737.5 East Yard    
......|..........5.3  
..742.8 Fortuna    
.....|.|.........3.8  
..746.6 Blaisdell  
......|..........6.6  
..753.2 Dome    
.....|.|.......17.6  
..770.8 Wellton  (West end Phoenix Line)  
......|........48.0  
..818.8 Stanwix  
.....|.|.......12.4  
..831.2 Sentinal  
......|......148.2  
..979.4 ..Stockham.  (36th St. Tucson is at milepost 987.7)  
.....|.|.......86.1 (includes section up to about mp 1025 that has long been double)  
1065.5 Cochies  
......|........15.7  
1081.2 Raso  
.....|.|.......10.6  
1091.8 Luzena  
......|........21.2 - - - currently under construction
1113.0 San Simon AZ
.....|.|.....185.2
1298.2 El Paso TX
 
Based on this, the line now has:  
392.5 miles = 48% double track and  
422.9 miles = 52% single track.  
 
And with Luzena to San Simon, it will at last go over 50% double.


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Re: Sunset Route Double Track Update
 
« Reply #5 on: Dec 24th, 2007, 10:50pm »
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I just drove from Yuma to Maricopa a few days ago, and it looks like they're in the very early stages of work on a stretch about 5-10 miles west of Maricopa now. Almost seemed like they were putting in more than just a second mainline, as they were working the dirt out to about 75' either side of the mainline. No other work between there and Yuma, other than the reconfiguring  of the mainlines in the East Yuma yard a couple months ago, and the work last year on the Blaisdell-Fortuna stretch.
 
I saw the mention above about the 'issues' that UP has been having with the state over some work they did without advising the Corporation Commission near Tucson. When the Fortuna trestle burned last year, I think that's what spurred their interest in doubletracking that strectch then. As soon as they finished the replacement bridge, they started on a second right paralleling it, and also started the grading for a second mainline, and added a 2nd track to the Fortuna Road crossing. This was at the same time they were getting nailed for the other 'unauthorized' work adding tracks to crossings across the state... so I always wondered...


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Re: Sunset Route Double Track Update
 
« Reply #6 on: Jan 3rd, 2008, 12:15pm »
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Thanks for the update on the Sunset Route.  When and if this is competed, it will be a very busy main line.

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« Reply #7 on: Jan 3rd, 2008, 2:57pm »
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Did a quick search and found the following news release:  
 
Quote:
Posted On 11/6/2007  
 
Union Pacific Railroad Project - Willcox, AZ  
 
Ragnar Benson Construction, LLC and Rockford Blacktop have teamed up to build 15 miles of a second mainline for the Union Pacific Railroad from Cochise, AZ to Raso, AZ (near Willcox, Arizona). The 15 mile stretch is part of the UPRR Sunset Route improvements running from Los Angeles, California to El Paso, Texas.  
 
Work on this project includes 300,000 CY of embankment, 60,000 CY of sub ballast, 1 pre-cast 3 span bridge, 3,100 LF of Jack and Bore ranging from 36” diameter to 60” diameter pipe, 44 Cast in Place Concrete headwalls, track demo and 4 road crossings. The project cost is approximately $14,000,000 and has a 6-month duration scheduled for completion at the end of this year.

 
For location, here are the mileposts.
 
..979.4 ..Stockham.  (36th St. Tucson is at milepost 987.7)  
.....|.|.......86.1
1065.5 Cochise  
......|........15.7  
1081.2 Raso  
 
This segment is the last single track portion between Tucson and El Paso, so when finished, it will give a continuous 319 miles of double track.


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« Reply #8 on: Jan 3rd, 2008, 3:43pm »
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on Jan 3rd, 2008, 12:15pm, CALZEPHYR wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Thanks for the update on the Sunset Route.  When and if this is competed, it will be a very busy main line.

 
It already is a very busy mainline! Now if only they would stop stealing the LA&SL's stack trains...  
 
It sounds like I really need to get down there on the single track portions. This is one of the dwindling opportunities to see a very busy single-track railroad at work!


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« Reply #9 on: May 28th, 2008, 6:56pm »
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Your remaining single track sections are all now west of Tucson.  The last section east of Tucson. Willcox, mp 1072.4 to Raso, mp 1081.2m, 8.8 miles got its second track in service on May 8.  So, for now we have:
 
..482.8 Yuma Junction  (0.6 miles east of LAUPT)
.....|.|........5.5 miles (DT)  
..488.3 Alhambra  
......|........49.4 miles (ST)  
..537.7 Slover  
.....|.|.......50.6 --> Includes Beaumont Hill.  About 35 miles has long been double.  
..588.3 Garnet  
......|..........9.4  
..597.7 CP SP598  
.....|.|.........4.9      In service April 6, 2008  
..602.6 Thousand Psalms  
......|..........7.0  
..609.6 West Indio  
.....|.|.........9.1        
..618.7 Thermal  
......|......107.1
..725.8 Araz  
.....|.|.........6.3  
..732.1 Colorado  
......|..........0.3  (Colorado River Bridge)  
..732.4 Yuma  
.....|.|.........5.1  
..737.5 East Yard  
......|..........5.3
..742.8 Fortuna  
.....|.|.........3.8  
..746.6 Blaisdell  
......|..........6.6
..753.2 Dome  
.....|.|.......17.6  
..770.8 Wellton  (West end Phoenix Line)  
......|........48.0  
..818.8 Stanwix  
.....|.|.......12.4  
..831.2 Sentinal    
......|......148.2  
..979.4 ..Stockham - Tucson 36th Street is at mp 987.7
.....|.|....... (includes section up to about mp 1025 that has long been double)  
.....|.|.....314.2
.....|.|.....  
1293.6 Icehouse Crossover
....|.|.|........3.0    (Three main tracks)
1296.6 Campbell Street (El Paso)  Passenger Station at about mp 1295.9
.|.|.|.|.|.|.....1.6    (Six main tracks)
1298.2 El Paso TX (Yard)
 
By mileposts, the line is now 53% double track, 47% single track between Los Angeles and El Paso.  


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« Reply #10 on: Jun 3rd, 2008, 11:15am »
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Thanks for the update George. I was just down there a month ago on the single track portion. Lot's of work being done between Casa Grande and Maricopa, even on out to Estrella. Most of it is just grading and culvert work, preparing for the future.

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« Reply #11 on: Jul 8th, 2008, 6:58pm »
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With the addition of the 9.4 miles on June 22,2008 between mileposts 588.3 and 597.7 connecting the double track over Beaumont Hill with the short section at Thousand Palms, there is continuous double track from mp 537.7 to 602.6.  So, now we have:  
 
..482.8 Yuma Junction  (0.6 miles east of LAUPT)  
.....|.|........5.5 miles (DT)    
..488.3 Alhambra    
......|........49.4 miles (ST)    
..537.7 Slover    
.....|.|.......69.4 --> Includes Beaumont Hill.  About 35 miles has long been double.    
.....|.|........includes 9.4 miles placed in service on June 22,2008    
..602.6 Thousand Psalms    
......|..........7.0    
..609.6 West Indio    
.....|.|.........9.1          
..618.7 Thermal    
......|......107.1  
..725.8 Araz    
.....|.|.........6.3    
..732.1 Colorado    
......|..........0.3  (Colorado River Bridge)    
..732.4 Yuma    
.....|.|.........5.1    
..737.5 East Yard    
......|..........5.3  
..742.8 Fortuna    
.....|.|.........3.8  
..746.6 Blaisdell  
......|..........6.6  
..753.2 Dome    
.....|.|.......17.6    
..770.8 Wellton  (West end Phoenix Line)    
......|........48.0    
..818.8 Stanwix    
.....|.|.......12.4    
..831.2 Sentinal    
......|......148.2    
..979.4 ..Stockham - Tucson 36th Street is at mp 987.7  
.....|.|....... (includes section up to about mp 1025 that has long been double)    
.....|.|.....314.2  
.....|.|.....  
1293.6 Icehouse Crossover  
....|.|.|........3.0    (Three main tracks)  
1296.6 Campbell Street (El Paso)  Passenger Station at about mp 1295.9  
.|.|.|.|.|.|.....1.6    (Six main tracks)  
1298.2 El Paso TX (Yard)  
 
Another 1.0% added with the 9.4 miles between mileposts 588.3 and 597.7 placed in service on June 22,2008.
 
By mileposts, the line is now 54% double track, 48% single track between Los Angeles and El Paso.    
 
The long remaining single track section (148.2 miles) contains 19 sidings, all except two of which are over 8,300 feet long.  


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« Reply #12 on: Jul 13th, 2008, 3:11am »
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Not to get off the subject, but can someone explain to me what the deal is with the Phoenix sub?
 
I re-located from NC about 6 months ago, and was hoping there would be plenty of traffic on the western portion...
 
According to the Trains article mentioned above, UP was considering re-opening the ( apparently out-of-service ) western portion of the sub. I was down just west of Buckeye last weekend, and the rails don't look used.
 
Doesn't this sub re-connect with the sun-set further west? Why/when was it put out of service? Is UP still planning on returning it to service?
 
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« Reply #13 on: Jul 14th, 2008, 12:38pm »
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I can't explain everything about the Phoenix Sub west of Phoenix, but UP (or SP, can't remember quite when it was shut down) stopped using it due to lack of traffic. This forced Amtrak off of it. As Phoenix started to boom, traffic picked up and everything got congested on the line from Picacho and in the yards around Phoenix. This led UP to consider reopening the west end of the Phoenix Line for some freight service only, so that trains from W. Colton and Roseville that head to Phoenix could take that shortcut and ease congestion. Not sure when it's supposed to happen, but from what I've heard, UP sounds fairly serious about doing it.

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« Reply #14 on: Jul 14th, 2008, 9:38pm »
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Phoenix Line West:
 
First, a little background:  The original SP main line built in 18 whenever did not go through Phoenix.  It is the main line currently in use.  The line through Phoenix was completed much later, in the 1920’s I think.  
 
The source of the following is mostly from UP’s Sunset Area Timetable #2, dated October 31, 2007.  (employee timetable.)  
 
The current main line through Maricopa is called the Gila Subdivision.  
The line through Phoenix is called in part the Phoenix Subdivision and in part the Roll Industrial Lead.  
 
Going along the line from west to east:  Yuma is at milepost 732.4.  Tucson Yard is at milepost 986.6.  It appears that the passenger station is around milepost 985.  
 
The west end of the Phoenix line began at Wellton, which is milepost 770.7.  It rejoined the mainline at Picacho, which is milepost 936.7 on the original main through Maricopa and 979.7 on the line through Phoenix.  So, by mileposts the Phoenix line is 43.0 miles longer than the original and current main.  Well, not quite:  There are a couple of minor equations in the mileposting, probably relating to line changes over the years, so that The Phoenix line length is 207.7 miles, not 209.0 miles and the Gila Line between the same two points is 165.5 miles long, difference 42.2 miles.  In this 165.5 miles, there are currently 17 sidings. all over 8,300 feet long and one 12.4 mile long section of double track.  
 
The current status of Wellton to Picacho via Phoenix is:
770.7 to 802.8:  Roll Industrial Lead – 20 mph maximum – ABS in effect.  "All movements must be made at restricted speed regardless of signal indication."
802.8 to 854.0:  Main track out of service.
854.0 to 904.8:  25 mph
904.8 to 905.6:  20 mph
905.6 to 906.7:  15 mph  (Passenger station at 906.0?? )  
906.7 to 907.9:  20 mph  (Phoenix Yard is at 907.0)
907.9 to 913.6:  25 mph
913.6 to 916.5:  20 mph
916.5 to 920.8:  40 mph
920.8 to 922.0:  25 mph
922.0 to 924.2:  40 mph
924.2 to 957.0:  60 mph
957.0 to 963.5:  40 mph
963.5 to 975.6:  60 mph
975.6 to 979.3:  40 mph
979.3 to 979.7:  25 mph
 
ABS between 802.8 and 962.4
CTC between 962.4 and 979.7
 
Lots of empty desert west of Phoenix along either track.
 
The Arizona Rails web site had a write up on the line, but it appears to be no longer accessible.  www.azrail.com  
 
The last Sunset Limited through Phoenix ran on June 2, 1996.  Southern Pacific first intended to abandon the line, but it appears that UP has decided to simply mothball it.  The line is apparently all jointed rail.  The article in azrail that was written in 1998 had a close up picture of the compromise joint at one of the sidings.  In it they stated that the main was in 113 lb rail from the 1950’s and the siding in 90 lb rail from the 1920’s.  The 113 lb section was a design unique to Southern Pacific, and has probably not been rolled since about that time.  (I know none has been produced since 1962.)  The signals are SP lower quadrant semaphores that probably go back to the original building of the line.  UP could probably put the line back in service by installing a something like 200 to 500 ties per mile and putting in a few rails, but that would only get you a 10 mph to 25 mph line.  If it were desired to restore the line for passenger service, that would required a complete rebuild of the track from the subgrade up at an expenditure something on the order of $2 million per mile for track, plus another million or so per mile for replacement of the signal system., so if we assume only Phoenix and west, that would be 135 miles, say somewhere between $400 and $600 million.  Certainly not going to happen for a three times a week train.


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« Reply #15 on: Nov 11th, 2008, 8:26pm »
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Up until July I had a legitimate public source access to the UP special instructions that related to this stuff, but it is no more.  Anyone who can tell us what new sections of second main have gone into service where, please let us know.  It would be appreciated.

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on Nov 11th, 2008, 8:26pm, George_Harris wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Up until July I had a legitimate public source access to the UP special instructions that related to this stuff, but it is no more.  Anyone who can tell us what new sections of second main have gone into service where, please let us know.  It would be appreciated.

 
Yeah, I had all my UP stuff shut down a couple weeks back. Then I lost BNSF access a week later. Then CSX secured their phone trace a week after that. So I now know nothing about anything!


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« Reply #17 on: Aug 14th, 2009, 8:57pm »
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Anybody with any real solid information, please feel free to step up and give it.  Don't be bashful.  Anybody?  Anybody?
 
I am sure that there is more new double track than the following, but seen elsewhere (trainorders) was this bit of information:
 
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2MT CTC from CP SP876 Estrella to CP SP898 Maricopa East.

This statement was made, argued with and then restated by another person.  
 
Thus the 148 mile long single track section, although having multiple sidings has some new double track in it.  Based on the following, we now have:
 
..831.2 Sentinal      
......|........48.0    
..876.2 CP Estrella    
.....|.|.......21.5    
..897.7 Maricopa East      
......|........81.7    
..979.4 ..Stockham - Tucson 36th Street is at mp 987.7
 
Since I do not know what has happened elesewhere, I can not say what is the longest single track section remaining or the percentage completion.  If I should accidently find a current or recent Special Instrction or if the ETT has been updated, then this ignorance could be cured.  


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« Reply #18 on: Dec 4th, 2009, 10:16pm »
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After hearing this in many nebulous fashions, here it is in the Houston Chronicle of December 4, 2009.
 
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/business/6753336.html
 
". . . spokesman Tom Lange says installation of a second set of tracks across Arizona also has been postponed indefinitely.
 
Lange says there's no timetable but that Omaha, Neb.-based Union Pacific Corp. expects the projects to go forward again when the economy turns around."
 


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« Reply #19 on: Jan 20th, 2010, 2:09pm »
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There still seems to be a lot of work being carried out between Maricopa and Casa Grande AZ.  I drove between Maricopa and Tucson on 9th January and there were a number of rail, tie and ballast trains at various points.  There is also a large UP work camp at Maricopa.  When I passed by, they were all prepaing for a day's work.  The grade crossing in Maricopa has recently been doubled.  The track on the left in the photo looking west is the new track.  Although I didn't see any trains using the new track, the polished rails suggest that it is in use.
 
There was not a great deal of train activity - perhaps because of the work teams being active.  Another reason later in the day was because of a collison between an 18-wheeler and a train north of Tucson.  The 18-wheeler was in a line of traffic diverted off the interstate and the trailer was left overhanging the tracks when the train arrived.  I guess it was lucky that the train was not moving too fast.  No-one was injured but the line was closed for about three hours while they removed the wreckage of the truck/trailer.



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