San Diego & Arizona Railway (Desert Line)
For Microsoft Train Simulator
Location: San Diego and Imperial Counties, California, USA.
Route length: 69.9 miles (112.5 km)
Railroad: The San Diego & Arizona Railway (SD&A)
The line through Carrizo Gorge was operated by the SD&A, which used the route to run passenger and general freight service between San Diego and El Centro where the line linked up with the Southern Pacific Railroad.
Desert Line: Extends northeast from the International Border (Division) to Seeley, where it joins the Southern Pacific (SP) Line from El Centro. The Goat Canyon Trestle, built in 1932 as part of a realignment of the main line following a tunnel collapse, extends for 633 feet, 185 feet high. It is claimed to be the highest and longest wooden trestle bridge in the United States.
When John D. Spreckels built the SD&A, his silent partner was the Southern Pacific Railroad. The San Diego and Arizona Eastern (SD&AE) was the successor operator to the San Diego and Arizona. The name change took place on October 24, 1932 following the death of Spreckels. On that date, the Southern Pacific Railroad took over 100% ownership of the line and renamed it the SD&AE. That was the name under which it operated for the rest of its existence.
In 1975 the SP sold the line (except for the Plaster City to El Centro section) to the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board. The MTDB hired Kyle Railways, founded by Willis Kyle, to operate the line. Kyle ran the line, still called the SD&AE, until its final end in 1983. Click for more details from Pacific Southwest Railway Museum.
For most realistic running, download and run SD&A and SD&AE consists from my consists page. During the time that the SP owned the line, Southern Pacific livery was a common sight..
Total length: 69.9 miles, Presently unserviceable due to fire damage to trestles and tunnels. That's about to change - Here is the web site for the Carrizo Gorge Railway. Click here and here for more information.
Portion Complete: This simulation extends the entire 69.9 miles from Division to El Centro rising 1466 ft and then dropping 3613 ft in elevation.
The SD&A is brought to you by John D. Spreckels. This MSTS simulation by Mark DiVecchio ( email@example.com ).
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