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ATSF Railway freight trains at Fort Sumner, NM railroad station

ATSF Railway westbound freight train VKCLA at Fort Sumner, NM railroad station

The Fort Sumner railroad station is at milepost 717 at an elevation of 4,050 feet. The town was initially called Sunnyside until 1910. Train VKCLA comes by the Fort Sumner depot on July 12, 1988. The train has engines 5714, 3066, and 8042. Rather odd to see a GP20 in the consist. These units generally are assigned to trains in Illinois or Kansas. Train 358 became train VKCLA in mid-1987. It handled auto racks and auto parts, but also picked up TOFC in route for Los Angeles and that is what you see on the headend. It was scheduled out of Kansas City at 11:00PM and out of Clovis at 3:40PM the next day.

ATSF engines 5714, 3066, and 8042 on freight train VKCLA at Fort Sumner ATSF Railway eastbound freight train 813 at Fort Sumner, NM railroad station

A little later, train 813 rolled east with engine 8132 on the point. In 1928, ATSF added a desk interlocking panel at Fort Sumner with 4 levers to control the 2 siding switches. In 1929, it installed 219 US&S semaphore signals from Canyon, TX to Fort Sumner, NM 140 miles. Disk 60