Santa Fe Railway

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF) ...  Pre-BNSF

Since these photographs were for the most part taken by me in the 1970's and 1980's, it stands to reason that a lot of the map locations shown for where they were taken are markedly different today.  Tracks may have been removed, re-aligned or replaced by urban passenger lines such as MetroLink.  It might be interesting to compare locations with how they look today.

Looking back, I sure wish I'd been more diligent about photographing the railroads before they were torn up.

 

Southern California

 

Lake Elsinore Branch

One afternoon in 1984, I took some shots of the Elsinore, California branch, which ran south from Corona.  At Arcilla, a washout had sent a siding into the ditch, and I thought the bent switch rails looked interesting.  Also took some pics along the line south of that point, along Temescal Canyon Road to Alberhill.  I finished up the day with a shot of the old Elsinore depot, which is now (I think) the home of the Elsinore Chamber of Commerce.

Location of Arcilla siding up until it was abandoned then washed outLocation of Arcilla siding up until it was abandoned then washed out.  Tracks have since been removed.
Map location

Switch overboard into the Arcilla washoutCloseup of siding switch overboard into the Arcilla washout

The plate girder span over Temescal Canyon Road is long gone now.The plate girder span over Temescal Canyon Road is long gone now.
Map location

Rails have been removed at the Indian Truck Trail grade crossing, but the signals remained when I shot this photo in 1984.Rails have been removed at the Indian Truck Trail grade crossing, but the signals and gates remained when I shot this photo looking north in 1984.
Map location

 South of Indian Truck Trail, between Temescal Canyon Rd. and I-15South of Indian Truck Trail and north of Alberhill, between Temescal Canyon Rd. and I-15, looking south across a ballasted wooden bridge
Map location

End of track was just beyond this curve at Alberhill in 1984.  Looking south. End of track was just beyond this curve at Alberhill in 1984. Looking south. Beyond camera view to the right were some old clay beehive kilns, as clay used to be mined in this area for bricks.
Map location

Former Santa Fe depot in ElsinoreThe old Lake Elsinore Santa Fe depot in 1983, which was at that time the home of the Lake Elsinore Chamber of Commerce.
Map location

 

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