MARCH 2018: The new Baja California Railroad is rebuilding old cross-border connections to meet demand in a new global economy. Charles Freericks takes us on a tour of this interesting shortline in the “other California.” Swing through Philly for a last look at the venerable AEM-7 electrics in SEPTA service, visit the Queen City for a look at Indiana & Ohio operations, and stalk special movements on the mainlines. All this and more in the March issue of Railfan & Railroad!
Just 30 minutes south of San Diego lies the sprawling city of Tijuana in the Mexican state of Baja California. While not necessarily known as a railroading mecca, Tijuana is actually home to one of North America’s most colorful and friendly railroads. The Baja California Railroad has been bringing modern rail service to the industries in the most northwestern corner of Mexico.
The New York Central merged with the Pennsylvania Railroad on February 1, 1968 to create the mighty Penn Central. The new company hoped to integrate the two railroads immediately and quickly realize some of the merger’s expected cost-savings. Instead, Penn Central was in operational chaos almost from the start.
The December 1977 issue of Railfan contained a detailed feature story by author Casey Cavanaugh that explained the development and history of the unique dual-mode locomotives which were designed to either run off diesel or take power from the New York Central’s 600-volt third rail leading into Grand Central Terminal.