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Most of the following train symbols originated at Pine Bluff, AR; Portland, OR; Pueblo, CO; or Phoenix, AZ.

PBASM began as the PBASY handling traffic for connections via the Alton and Southern and operated as needed. The schedule was deleted May 20, 1983 but the symbol continued to be used and became the PBASM in October 1985. In early 1993 the PBASM operated as needed.

PBASY Pine Bluff 300A  E St Louis 450P  81-82
PBASM Pine Bluff 900A  E St Louis 935P  93
PBASM Pine Bluff 1201A  E St Louis 330P  95

PBBEY began as the CB-BE (Cotton Belt Beaumont) and handled traffic for Beaumont and east.

CB-BE Pine Bluff 200P  Beaumont 200P  1 73
PBBEY Pine Bluff 300P  Beaumont 1159A  1 74
PBBEY Pine Bluff 200P  Beaumont 1130A  1 77
PBBEY Pine Bluff 400P  Beaumont 500P  1 82-82
PBBEY Pine Bluff 1000P  Beaumont 1230A  2 83

PBCXM began as the CLN (Cotton Belt L&N Run Thru) and became the PBLNY in 1974. It handled traffic for the ex-L&N for Nashville and beyond. In 1985, it handled traffic for Memphis and interchange with the BN, ICG, and primarily SBD and could have a Stuttgart block on the head end. It became the PBSBM in October 1985 operating as needed and later became the PBCXM.

CLN Pine Bluff 200A  Memphis 900A  71-73
PBLNY Pine Bluff 200A  Memphis 900A  74-77
PBLNY Pine Bluff 1100P  Memphis 900A  1 78-82
PBSBY Pine Bluff 1100P  Memphis 900A  1 83-85
PBCXM Pine Bluff 1201A  Memphis 515A    93-95

PBDAM began as the No 343 and became the PBDAF in 1974. From 1982 thru 1985, it handled TOFC and traffic for Dallas and could have blocks for Texarkana, Carrollton, and Fort Worth on the head end. PBDAF became PBDAT in October 1985 and became the PBDAM in early 1988. The route was changed to use the former MP main from Big Sandy.

343 Pine Bluff 830A  Dallas 900P  71-73
PBDAF Pine Bluff 1100A  Dallas 1159P  74
PBDAF Pine Bluff 1030A  Dallas 1159P  77
PBDAF Pine Bluff 930A  Dallas 500A  1 81-82
PBDAF Pine Bluff 800A  Dallas 1159P  83
PBDAT Pine Bluff 900A  Dallas 400A  1 85-87
PBDAM Pine Bluff 1000A  Dallas 1240A  1 93

PBESQ began as the PBESX in the summer of 1985 and became the PBESQ on October 13, 1985. After the start of the DAESQ, the PBESQ operated only as needed.

PBEST handled TOFC, ICG traffic for the GTW and Chicago and would have a Malden block on the head end. It was deleted in late 1987.

PBEST Pine Bluff 1000P  E St Louis 1000A  1 83-84
PBEST Pine Bluff 1100P  E St Louis 1100A  1 85

PBESY began as the A&S-SSW, operated as needed and handled traffic for connections via Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis.

A&S-SSW Pine Bluff 300P  E St Louis 300A  1 71-73
PBESY Pine Bluff 1201A  E St Louis 200P  74
PBESY Pine Bluff 300A  E St Louis 215P  77
PBESY Pine Bluff 300A  E St Louis 445P  81-82

PBHOM began as the TSS (Texas Streak South) and became the PBHOT in 1974. In 1982, it handled traffic for Shreveport and Houston Area and could have blocks for setout at Lufkin and Nacogdoches behind the Shreveport block. It became the PBHOM in October 1985 and operated as needed.

TSS E St Louis 830A  Houston 830A  1 71
TSS E St Louis 800A  Houston 830A  1 73
PBHOT Pine Bluff 800P  Houston 500P  1 74-77
PBHOY Pine Bluff 500P  Houston 500P  1 80-83
PBHOM Pine Bluff 700P  Houston 700P  1 95

PBLAY handled loads for City of Industry and Los Angeles Area and could have a block of empties on the rear end for reclassification at West Colton.

PBLAY Pine Bluff 900A  Los Angeles 540P  3 82
PBLAY Pine Bluff 900A  Los Angeles 800A  3 83

PBMFT began as the CIC (Cotton Belt IC Run Thru) and became the PBMFY in 1974. In 1982, it handled traffic for Memphis and interchange with the ICG and BN (exSLSF). It became the PBMFM in October 1985, later changed to PBMFQ, then PBMFT in 1994. In 1994 it handled traffic for the Illinois Central.

CIC Pine Bluff 1230P  Memphis 530P    71-73
PBMFY Pine Bluff 1100A  Memphis 500P    74-77
PBMFY Pine Bluff 1000P  Memphis 800A  1 79-83
PBMFM Pine Bluff 1000P  Memphis 800A  1 87
PBMFT Pine Bluff 930A  Memphis 230P    94-95

PBOAT was a run thru with D&RGW train 143. It began as PBOGY operating via East St. Louis in 1983. PBOGY operated as needed and handled traffic for Kansas City, Ogden, and beyond. PBOAT operated daily and handled TOFC and manifest traffic for Kansas City, Denver, Salt Lake City, Roseville, Eugene, Portland, and the Bay Area. It would pick up at East St. Louis and Kansas City. As of early 1989, it would bypass Armourdale Yard and operate via Minturn. When the train operated thru Denver it would use D&RGW symbol 123.

D&RGW train symbol 143 Kyune, Utah
D&RGW train symbol 143 Kyune, Utah

PBOGE operated in 1983 handling empties for Ogden and beyond via the D&RGW.

PBOGE Pine Bluff 200P  Ogden 1240P  3 83

PBSAT began in 1984 as the PBSAY and became the PBSAT in August 1984. It handled traffic for San Antonio, Eagle Pass, El Paso, Tucson, Phoenix, West Colton, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area.

PBSAT Pine Bluff 700A  San Antonio 730A  1 85

PBSOM began as the CSO (Cotton Belt Southern Run Thru). It handled traffic for Memphis and interchange with Southern Rwy train 162 to Chattanooga. It was deleted at the end of 1984 and revived later as the PBSOM.

CSO Pine Bluff 300P  Memphis 800P  71-73
PBSOY Pine Bluff 200P  Memphis 800P  74-77
PBSOY Pine Bluff 200P  Memphis 1159P  79-83
PBSOM Pine Bluff 130P  Memphis 600P  93
PBSOM Pine Bluff 430P  Memphis 900P  95

PBSRM began as the PBSRY handling traffic for Shreveport, Lufkin, Tenaha, Nacogdoches, Strang, and Galveston. It became the PBSRM in October 1985 operating as needed.

PBSRY Pine Bluff 1000P  Strang 200A  2 82-83

PBHOT began as train PBTXQ. It operated daily and handled TOFC for Texas Eastman at Teneha, and could handle TOFC for Houston and Baytown. It was interchanged with the Santa Fe at Teneha. It later became the PBHOT in 1994.

PBTXQ Pine Bluff 1000A  Teneha 1230A  1 87
PBTXQ Pine Bluff 830A  Teneha 900P    93
PBHOT Pine Bluff 500A  Houston 400A  1 95

PBWCM began in 1974 as the PBWCY. It became the PBRVY in 1977 and handled traffic for El Paso, San Joaquin Valley, and the Bay Area. In 1982, it handled manifest loads for Eagle Pass and empties for El Paso, Tucson, and West Colton. It became the PBWCM in late 1985 and in 1988 operated as needed.

PBWCY Pine Bluff 800A  West Colton 600P  2 74
PBRVY Pine Bluff 200P  Roseville 100P  4 77
PBWCY Pine Bluff 100P  West Colton 1005P  3 81-85
PBCIQ Pine Bluff 1201P  City of Industry 740P  4 93
PBWCM Pine Bluff 1201P  West Colton 250A  4 95

PTEUM began as the PTEUY and in 1982 handled traffic for reclassification at Eugene. It became the PTEUM in 1985 and operated on no set schedule.

PTEUY Portland 900P  Eugene 200A  1 77-83

SP train symbol PTLAT at Algoma, OR SP train symbol BRLAT at Saugus, CA
SP train symbol PTLAT at Algoma, OR and BRLAT at Saugus, CA

PTLAF began as the TFC (TOFC Special) and in 1974 became the BRLAT operating Monday thru Friday. It handled TOFC and autos for Roseville, Fresno, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, and beyond. It became the PTLAT on March 20, 1985 operating daily. It became the PTLAF at the end of 1990. In 1994 it also handled a Raymer manifest block set out at Sylmar. In 1995 it operated via West Colton.

TFC Portland 1000P  Los Angeles 620A  2 66-73
BRLAT Portland 1000P  Los Angeles 620A  2 74-77
BRLAT Portland 600P  Los Angeles 600A  2 82-83
PTLAT Portland 915P  Los Angeles 900A  2 85-87
PTLAF Portland 1230A  Los Angeles 300P  1 93
PTLAF Portland 1230A  Los Angeles 700P  1 94
PTLAF Portland 1230A  Los Angeles 1110P  1 95

SP train symbol EUASY at Bena, CA
SP train symbol EUASY at Bena, CA

PTMFT began as the EUASY and from Eugene handled traffic for West Colton and east. A Roseville block could be added to the rear end. From West Colton, it handled traffic for Pine Bluff and Alton and Southern connections. It became the EUMFY in May 1983 and became the PTEST on July 10, 1984. It handled TOFC for Phoenix, El Paso, San Antonio, Houston and East St. Louis, but was usually combined with other TOFC symbols. It became the PTMFT in August 1984 handling TOFC, manifest, and perishable traffic for San Antonio, Pine Bluff, North Texas, and Houston. It was deleted in 1988.

EUASY Eugene 1000P  E St Louis 1000P  6 77-80
EUASY Eugene 700P  E St Louis 1000P  6 82
EUMFY Eugene 100A  Memphis 100P  6 83
PTMFT Brooklyn 900P  Memphis 1110A  7 84
PTMFT Brooklyn 900P  Memphis 600A  7 85-87

SP train symbol PTOAT at Sims, CA
SP train symbol PTOAT at Sims, CA

PTOAT began as No 377-PCW (Pacific Coast Expediter) and became the BROAT in 1974. It handled empty auto racks for Milpitas and Warm Springs, TOFC for the Bay Area and manifest traffic for Oakland and San Jose. The schedule was suspended May 20, 1983 and restarted in 1988 when the CZLAT was split into the JRCIP and PTOAT. It handled paper and TOFC for Roseville, Fairfield, Oakland, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Phoenix. It could be combined with the PBOAT at Roseville. In 1994 it handled TOFC and manifest traffic for Roseville and Oakland, plus Napa steel and picked up cement loads for Oakland at Redding.

377-PCW Portland 940A  Oakland 700A  1 66
377-PCW Portland 1000P  Oakland 1100P  1 71-73
BROAT Portland 100A  Oakland 130A  1 74
BROAT Portland 100A  Oakland 300A  1 77-82
PTOAT Portland 930P  Oakland 700A  2 93
PTOAT Portland 200A  Oakland 930A  1 94-95

PTPCX began May 18, 1991. It operated Monday through Wednesday and Friday from Portland. In 1994 it handled TOFC for Los Angeles. It operated Monday through Wednesday, on a slightly slower schedule on Friday as section 5, and a completely different schedule on Saturday as section 2.

PTPCX Portland 800P  Los Angeles 400A  2 93-95
PTPCX2 Portland Sat 1030A  Los Angeles Sun 630P    94

PTRVM began as the BRRVY on April 11, 1980 and handled traffic for Roseville and beyond. It became the PTRVM in October 1985 and operated until early 1986.

BRRVY Brooklyn 600P  Roseville 500A  2 80
BRRVY Brooklyn 1130P  Roseville 800A  2 85

PTWCM handled traffic for Sacramento, the San Joaquin Valley, and West Colton.

PTWCM Portland 915P  West Colton 645A  3 87

PUAMM was a new symbol adopted in October 1989 for D&RGW train 163.

RG163 Pueblo 400P  Alamosa 100A  1 74
RG163 Pueblo 500A  Alamosa 1100A    80-84

PUASM began in January 1990 also carries D&RGW symbol 140 from Pueblo for Alton & Southern connections at East St. Louis.

PUDVM was a new symbol adopted in October 1989 for D&RGW trains 166 and 168. It operated as needed.

RG166 Pueblo 1000P  Denver 300A  1 74-80
RG168 Pueblo 500P  Denver 1100P    74-80
PUDVM Pueblo 600P  Denver 1100P    93
PUDVM Pueblo 1000P  Denver 600A  1 95

PUKCM was a new symbol adopted in October 1989 for D&RGW train 134 from Pueblo. It became PUKCQ in March 1993.

PUROM was a new symbol adopted in October 1989 for D&RGW trains 171 and 173 from Pueblo to Roper Yard.

RG171 Pueblo 1130P  Roper Yard 445P  74-80

PUSLM began in January 1990 also carried D&RGW symbol 136 from Pueblo for the SOO Line at Kansas City.

PXEPM began as the Arizona Perishable Blocks (see LAKCP for more info on perishable blocks) and became the PXESP in 1974. In 1982, it handled traffic for Tucson and beyond. The PXTUY became the PXEPY in 1984 and became the PXTUM in October 1985 operating as needed. In November 1985 symbol PXKCM also came into use. Depending on traffic level one or both symbols were used until January 1989 when PXKCM became PXEPM.

A Phoenix 200A  El Paso 845P    71-73
PXESP Phoenix 200A  El Paso 845P    74-77
PXTUY Phoenix 100A  Tucson 830A    81-82
PXTUY Phoenix 400A  Tucson 1130A    83
PXEPY Phoenix 400A  El Paso 500A  1 85
PXTUM Phoenix 1000P  Tucson 200A  1 93
PXKCM Phoenix 430A  Kansas City 1150A  2 95

PXLAM began as the PNW (Phoenix Northwest) and became the PXWCY in 1974. In 1982, it handled traffic for reclassification at West Colton and could handle traffic for the Imperial Valley. It became the PXWCM in October 1985. In 1994 PXLAT handled Los Angeles TOFC plus manifest traffic for Yuma and West Colton.

PNW Phoenix 100A  Los Angeles 1159P    71-73
PXWCY Phoenix 100A  West Colton 1240P    74
PXLAY Phoenix 200P  Los Angeles 720A  1 77
PXWCY Phoenix 500P  West Colton 100P  1 82-85
PXWCM Phoenix 500P  West Colton 100P  1 86
PXWCM Phoenix 700P  West Colton 100P  1 87
PXLAT Phoenix 1000P  Los Angeles 200P  1 93-94
PXLAM Phoenix 1000P  Los Angeles 200P  1 95

PXLAQ began as PXCIX the February 20, 1985 handling up to 20 cars of TOFC and operated daily except Saturday. PXICX became PXCIQ in October 1985 and became the PXLAQ in early 1986. It operated from Phoenix Sunday thru Thursday. It operated to around 1991 and was combined with the PXWCM to form train PXLAT which handled both TOFC and manifest traffic. See PXLAM below.

PXCIX Phoenix 700P  City of Industry 600A  1 85
PXLAQ Phoenix 700P  Los Angeles 530A  1 86
PXLAQ1 Phoenix 845A  Los Angeles 715P    87
PXLAQ2 Phoenix 700P  Los Angeles 530A  1 87

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