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Most of the following train symbols originated at UP's Albina Yard in Portland, the Alton & Southern Yard in East St. Louis, or Avondale Yard in New Orleans, LA.

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Southern Pacific train symbol ABSM by semaphore signals at Dryden, TX
Southern Pacific train symbol ABSM by semaphore signals at Dryden, TX

ABSM (Advanced Blue Streak Merchandise) operated daily and handled TOFC and manifest traffic for Los Angeles. It was deleted in 1974.

ABSM Pine Bluff 200P  Los Angeles 800P  2 71-73

ADHFT began in March 1990. It handled auto parts originating around Detroit in APL containers for the Ford assembly plant in Hermosillo, Mexico south of Tucson. The train ran three days a week and section number at the end of the symbol designated the day of departure from Kansas City: 3 Monday, 5 Wednesday, and 7 Friday.

ADHFT Kansas City 500A  Nogales 700P  1 93-95

ALEUM began as the DGWUP (Drag West from Union Pacific) originating at UP's Albina Yard. In September 1986, it handled traffic for Eugene and West Colton. It became the ALEUM in October 1985.

ALEUY Albina 1000P  Eugene 300A  1 77-82
ALEUY Albina 1030P  Eugene 330A  1 83-85
ALEUM Albina 1030P  Eugene 330A  1 86-87
ALEUM Albina 800A  Eugene 1230P    93
ALEUM Albina 600P  Eugene 1025P    95

ALEUZ handled overflow traffic from the ALEUY and operated as needed.

ALEUZ Albina 1100P  Eugene 400A M 1 79

AMPUM was a new symbol adopted in October 1989 for D&RGW train 162.

RG162 Alamosa 400A  Pueblo 1000A    74
RG162 Alamosa 1100P  Pueblo 500A  1 80-84

Southern Pacific train symbol APLAB on the Cienega Bridge
Southern Pacific train symbol APLAB on the Cienega Bridge

APLAB began in 1974 and handled auto parts and manifest traffic for City of Industry and beyond.

APLAB Pine Bluff 530A  Los Angeles 130A  2 74-77

ASBIM began operating November 9, 1989 to IHB Blue Island Yard in Riverdale, IL.

ASBTQ began as the ASBEY and handled traffic for Lake Charles, Beaumont, and Dayton. The ASBEY became the ASBTM in October 1985. The ASLFM began in October 1986 and in August 1987 replaced the ASBTM. It became ASBTQ in March 1993.

ASBEY E St Louis 600A  Beaumont 830P  1 85
ASBTM E St Louis 600A  Beaumont 830P  1 86
ASLFM E St Louis 800A  Lafayette 950P  2 87
ASBTQ E St Louis 1000P  Beaumont 145P  2 93
ASBTQ E St Louis 1000P  Beaumont 615P  2 95

ASHOQ began as the ASHOY. It handled traffic for Pine Bluff, Shreveport, Lufkin and Houston. ASHOY was suspended in late 1985 and later restarted as the ASHOQ.

ASHOY E St Louis 1100A  Houston 200A  2 85
ASHOQ E St Louis 600A  Houston 1130P  1 93
ASHOQ E St Louis 200P  Houston 815A  2 95

Southern Pacific train symbol APLAA at Harwood, TX
Southern Pacific train symbol APLAA at Harwood, TX

ASLAA began as the APW (Auto Parts West). It became the APLAA in 1974 and the APLAA in 1982. It handled autos and auto parts for Eagle Pass, Phoenix, City of Industry, and Los Angeles. The route was changed to Tucumcari in 1983 and became the ESCIT on July 6, 1984. It became the ASLAA in October 1984 and ran until June 1985. It handled traffic for El Paso, Tucson, Phoenix, West Colton, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area.

APW Pine Bluff 1130P  Los Angeles 800P  2 73
APLAA E St Louis 830A  Los Angeles 1159P  2 74
APLAA E St Louis 515A  Los Angeles 1159P  2 77-82
APLAA E St Louis 600A  Los Angeles 1100P  2 83
ASLAA E St Louis 900P  Los Angeles 1201P  4 85

ASLAM began October 1985 operating via Kansas City. It was often combined with the BSMFF during 1986 and 1987.

ASPBM began as the WF-SSW (Wiggins Ferry - SSW) from TRRA Wiggins Yard. It became the ESPBY in 1974 and handled westbound traffic. It picked up and set out at Illmo, Malden, Paragould, and Jonesboro. It became the ASPBY in April 1983, operating on no set schedule, but often in two or three sections. It became the ASPBM in October 1985.

WF-SSW St Louis 315P  Pine Bluff 130A  1 71-73
ESPBY E St Louis 1201A  Pine Bluff 200P    74
ESPBY E St Louis 1201A  Pine Bluff 100P    77
ESPBY E St Louis 1201A  Pine Bluff 425P    79-82
ASPBY E St Louis 1201A  Pine Bluff 145P    84

ASRVM began as ASEUM. It was a run thru with D&RGW train 145 which began in August 1988. It operated via Roseville until the Modoc Line was reopened October 13, 1988. It handled traffic for Pueblo and reclassification at Eugene. When operated thru Denver D&RGW symbol 125 was used. It was later split into the ASROM and ROEUM. The ASROM was split into the ASPUM and PUROM. These trains changed in 1993 to the ASGJM and GJROM. The symbol was changed again to ASRVM.

ASPUM E St Louis 1100P  Pueblo 410P  2 3/93
ASGJM E St Louis 1100P  Grand Junction 550A  3 7/93
GJROM Grand Junction 1100P  Salt Lake City 1045A  1 7/93
ASRVM E St Louis 1100A  Roseville 235P  4 95

ASSRQ operated daily to Strang Yard near Houston.

ASSRQ E St Louis 200P  Houston 1130P  1 93
ASSRQ E St Louis 600A  Houston 1215A  2 95

AVAZT began in late 1989 handling APL containers to Oakland.

AVHOM began in the early 90s.

AVHOM Avondale Yard 500P  Houston 1000A  1 93-95

AVHOT began as the NOPBW (New Orleans Pig) and became the AVHOT in 1974. It handled TOFC and manifest traffic for Houston and beyond. It picked up at Lake Charles and Beaumont.

NOPBW Avondale Yard 900P  Houston 1100A  1 71-73
AVHOT Avondale Yard 900P  Houston 200P  1 74-77

AVLBT began as the AVLAY and handled traffic for San Antonio, El Paso, Tucson, Phoenix, City of Industry, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, and the Bay Area. The schedule was suspended in 1983 and reinstated as the AVLAT in June 1984. AVLAT handled loads and empties for West Colton and TOFC for Los Angeles and Valla. It became NOLAT in October 1985. The NOLXT began in November 1986 and the NOLAT symbol was deleted in early 1987. It later became the AVLBT.

AVLAY Avondale Yard 1000P  Los Angeles 600A  4 82
AVLAT Avondale Yard 1030P  Los Angeles 430A  4 85
NOLAT Avondale Yard 1030P  Los Angeles 430A  4 86
NOLXT Avondale Yard 1030P  Long Beach 530A  4 87
AVLBT Avondale Yard 900P  Long Beach 400A  4 95

AVSRQ began as the AVHOY. In 1982, it handled traffic for Beaumont, Lake Charles, and Houston TOFC and could fill with West Colton empties. The AVHOY became the NOHOM in October 1985, became the AVHOM in early 1986 and became the AVLFM in early 1987. It operated as needed. It became AVSRQ in March 1993.

AVHOY Avondale Yard 1000A  Houston 400P  1 82
AVHOY Avondale Yard 330P  Houston 930P  1 83-85
AVSRQ Avondale Yard 400A  Strang 600A  1 93-95

AVWCQ began as the AVHOQ. Traffic from the AVHOQ often connected with the HOCIQ, they were combined in 1994 to form the AVWCQ.

AVHOQ Avondale Yard 100A  Houston 540P    93
AVWCQ Avondale Yard 100A  West Colton 700A  3 95

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