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CALIFORNIA LOSES TO TROPICAL STORM KATHLEEN DATAIWILLIAM E. HAR M O N
On the evening ofSeptember 9, tropical storm Kathleen struck Southern California with its full fury, bringing severe destruction to the area and according to early reports more than $ 1 .25 million Railway. Diego in damages to Southern Pacific Eastern s ubsidiary San Diego and Arizona

to the silm-gauge railroad has been repaired restoring the line to service. The San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway, however, has s uspended all of its own train service beyond Plaster City and the US Gypsum plant. The operation of Southern Pacific road units to El Centro to serve the s ubsidiary line has been ended, and several of the switchers there, including Aleo S6 1 208 , have been transferred elsewhere. SW 1 500's now take the few loca l cars to and from the main line connection at Niland where there is a siding to set out cars. There is no remaining through traffic. On the San Diego end of the railroad all of the traffic has been rerouted onto the Santa Fe at Los Angeles for delivery to the San Diego and Arizona future Eastern in San Diego . Whether the brin &, ' a rebuilding of the line, trackage rights for S D & A E trains on Santa Fe will

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Abandonment of the bulk of the Santa Fe trackage has been

railroad by substituting a connection to San via considered rather than rebuilding the rail line which dips t h rough Mexico on its southern route into San Diego from a connection with the Southern Pacific at EI Centro. A twenty-four-mile stretch of the San Diego and Arizona Eastern was destroyed between Ocotillo and Jacumba. Rails were left hanging in the air, right-of-way and b ridges were eroded, washed out and destroyed. There are more than fifty washouts along the rail line. In places, no trace of the railroad remains from which to begin a rebuilding of the line. Southern Pacific's Los Angeles spokesman Richard H a l l stated that the parent company had not reached a decision on whether to rebuild the railroad or to seek Federal authority to a bandon the middle portion of the railroad, which was originally built during the 1 9 1 0's. Portions of the railroad at each end remain in service. A twenty-five-mile section is being operated from the Southern Pacific connection at El Centro to Plaster City to serve the United States Gypsum plant that is located there. This plant's own railroad, a three-foot-gauge line A ugust, 1 970), by the way, lost a little over three miles of its own track when H urricane Kathleen struck, but the damage

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or a bandonment remains to be seen. The city of San Diego, however, is on record a s desiring a rebuilding of the only east-to-west rail line into the city even though the line was suitable only for light locomotives as a secondary route. Elsewhere in Southern California, the storm destroyed crops and tracks with equal disregard. The effect on the economy will be hardest felt by the farmers who lost millions of dollars worth of crops which will, of course, result in reduced carloadings for the railroads. Crop losses may reach $50 million. The Santa Fe lost several miles of branch line trackage, even st randing one freigh t which was quickly rescued when the ' washed-out trackage was restored s o it could continue its delayed journey. On the Santa Fe's branch from Rice to Blythe, the track was out of repaired the damage to the railroad . service for just over a week while section crews

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