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w ay to Tecate (37 miles from Tijuana) handling any traffic at certain rates with out surcharge. In years past, Southern Pacific's San Diego and Arizona Eastern subsidiary did little business in Mexico, concentrating on through traffic moving between the Imperial Valley and San Diego. SD&IV, as a short-line operator, needs any type of business which it can garner, including that which can be generated within Mexico. The announce ment of the agreement made by the SBC mentioned passenger service, though this is an extremely remote possibility. Freight business to Tecate will develop slowly, and additional motive power will be needed. The Lindero tunnel between Tecate and Campo is operable, and the Pacific South west Museum Association should be able to ferry equipment to its Campo site by the end of the year. While there is progress on a number of fronts toward reopening the old SD&AE route all the way through to the Imperial Valley, the largest remaining stumbling block is the Carriso Gorge. Despite much fan interest, a lot of bridge and tunnel work would have to be done to reopen the line.

three cars of its type still in existence. The single-truck Leningrad 1 06 did not see any service this year, as it is still await ing work to convert its five-f oot-gauge truck to Muni's standard gauge. The offi cial acceptance ceremony was to be held at Metro Center. Muni's second Melbourne car was en route by ship during September and expected t o arrive the fo llowing month.

served locomotives; slugs and radio control equipment; the remaining passenger cars and an all-time coverage o f Santa Fe steel cabooses. A f mal section examines the pro posed Santa Fe and SP merger, and what it might mean to the motive power fleet if ever approved. This last section includes color views of the prototype and approved paint jobs of the SF-SP. The book is great, and for anyone inter ested in the Santa Fe, the book is a m USl b uy. Locomotive enthusiasts will also wel come this book on the motive power of a major western carrier. I only hope that we won't have to wait I I years f the next or book, Joe! -Po ALLEN COPELAND


AMERICAN SHORTLINE RAILWAY GUIDE by Edward A. Lewis. Published by Kalmbach Publishing Co., 1 02 7 N. 7th St., Milwaukee WI 53233. Price $ 1 2. 9 5 . We've heard t h e expression, "You can't tell the players without a program." This com pact (81/ 4X5lh" ) but thick (240 pp.) book fills the bill. It is the third edition of a popular soft cover volume and is useful both at home and in the glove compart ment when out trekking trains. The shortlines are ever changing and more are coming along every month. Lewis' new edition is current on most roads to March 1 986-no mean achieve ment . It presents railroad names, a brief history, a description o f lines plus a list of cars and a roster o f locomotives. Radio frequencies are listed for those with scan ners, and location of facilities will aid those out to photograph (and telephone numbers will aid those seeking permission to enter -JIM WALKER private property).

SANTA FE MOTIVE POWER, by Joe McMillan. McMillan Publications, 3208 Halsey Drive, Woodridge, I L 605 1 7, 1 64 pages, $39.95. Considering the size of the road and the large following it has of fans and modelers, the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe has not had as much published about it as have some much smaller railroads. Of those books oriented toward the Santa Fe, Joe McMillan has written three, and is acknowl edged to be an authority on the subject of the Diesel power owned by the road, as well as an indefatigable photographer. He is also an employee of the road. With these credentials and conditions, Joe is in a great position to search and record material for a book on Santa Fe locomotives . In 1 975, Joe authored his first Santa Fe Diesel book, which was very well received . At that time additional books on the subject were prom ised. Unfortunately we had to wait until 1 986 for the sequel, but that companion book is now out, and in many ways is better than its predecessor. Santa Fe Motive Power is arranged as a catalog of AT&SF units, organized by models in numerical sequence. The book is primarily pictorial in content, with little text, but the captions are ample and tables are so extensive that this is not a problem. Photos range from the expected % r oster shot to action views all over the system. The roster tables are very complete, with serial numbers and dates built for locomo tives on the roster through 1 984- 1 985, and dispositions shown for units dropped in that period. While the main emphasis is on the Diesel units, separate chapters cover the now-merged Toledo, Peoria & Western and its Diesels and cabooses; Santa Fe power sold to other owners for use; pre-

By Don Jewell
This year, the Historic Trolley Festival had a very successful season, and ridership was reported to be 10 to 1 5 percent above 1 98 5 figures. The passenger count was especially heartening since this year the Festival only ran during weekdays, compared to seven day-a-week service last year. Festival sup porters are now campaigning for additional service on Saturdays, at least, for next year. This year's operation continued to run as scheduled through Friday, October 1 7 . The H iroshima 5 7 8 finally entered regular Festival service on Labor Day, September I . W ork on trimming the wheels took longer than expected because of problems with the overhead crane at Metro Center and an overload of work needed to keep the LRV fleet running. A track sander system, needed for the City'S hills, was also installed while the 578 was undergoing the truck work. As a note of history, the 578 was built for the Kobe, Japan, system in 1 928 and ran in that city until 1 9 59 . It was rebuilt in Osaka in 1 960 and then shipped to Hiroshima for contin ued service, running until early this year. The 578 is reported to be one of the last

SHERMAN HILL-A Guide to Facilities and Operations by Donald K . Park I I . Parkrail, 1 02 5 Oxford, Apt . L- 1 38, Fort Collins, CO 80525. $4.95 plus $ 1 .00 post age and handling. Soft cover, 28 pages. One of the busiest railroad crossings of the U . S . Continental Divide is that of the Union Pacific in Wyoming. The route is on the original transcontinental line that was completed in 1 869. The section be tween Cheyenne and Laramie contains Sherman Hill, a physical barrier of un remarkable geography, but o f much activ ity and interest down to the present time. Donald Park has produced a usef ul, con cise guide to this fascinating section, and has filled the booklet with all sorts of usef ul information, ranging from maps to mate rial on facilities, signals, good picture loca tions and operations. Sherman Hill has been the subject of many articles, monographs and even a complete book, but this useful guide is highly recommended for those outings to mid-Wyoming to observe and photograph

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