The Southern California Railway
"From the Mountains to the Desert to the Sea."

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Operations

Operations on the Southern California Railway is built around First, Second and Third trick sessions. Its alway high perishable season in 1964. A crew of six plus dispatcher and trainmaster, or assistant superintendent, round out a typical crew. Individuals chalk up jobs on a call board and the dispatcher calls the mainline trains operated by the Southern Pacific, Santa Fe and Union Pacific. In addition, there is an Indio yard job around the clock, a Mountain local, and day and night roadswitches based at Miraflores and Santa Ana. A standard waybill card system keeps track of each car and where it is to be moved. These are augmented by conductor's switch lists and "see no failure" teletype messages for specific requests or job descriptions. On the mainline, train movements are governed by the dispatcher under Centralized Traffic Control Signalling. A typical session takes about 8 hours.

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Trouble at Encina with the Mountain Local.

Steady as she goes at Indio Yard.

A busy day for the Moraflores Local.

Three way non-clearing meet at Encina. Who set this up?

Student dispatcher Dorn.

Professional CTC dispatcher "Breezy" Gust pays a surprise inspection visit.

Follow the signal lights. Green is for go, yellow is use caution. Red is to stop, theoretically.

Cutting out the Iron Ore helper at Valencia Tower.

Bad day at Valencia Tower.

Failure to comply with Rule 104C at Santa Ana.

Visiting dignitaries.

More visiting dignitaries.

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