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Date: 10/09/20 19:03
ATSF Semaphore 706 + Semaphore List + Google Views
Author: rgzfan

The butte just left of 706.1 in the first shot is Wagon Mound, 18 miles away and the site of the southernmost semaphores in the northern infestation.

Shot on Ektachrome 100, processed and scanned by Dwayne's Photo, Parsons, KS

Photos from July & August 2020.

Left pinnacle is chubby, the right one is slender.



Edited 7 time(s). Last edit at 10/10/20 05:51 by rgzfan.






Date: 10/09/20 19:07
Re: ATSF Semaphore 706
Author: rgzfan

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Date: 10/09/20 19:14
Re: ATSF Semaphore 706
Author: rgzfan

and more...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/09/20 19:15 by rgzfan.






Date: 10/09/20 19:15
Re: ATSF Semaphore 706
Author: rgzfan

Still in Service: 

Northern Infestation, flat pole caps with one exception: 

(2) 706 South of Springer. One fat pinnacle and one skinny pinnacle. Easternmost ATSF semaphores. 
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Colmor,+NM+87747/@36.2668494,-104.626308,265a,35y,321.48h,34.76t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x871a72a84f17d355:0xd6f8f89da8ad885a!8m2!3d36.2205897!4d-104.6494336
(3) 709 East Colmor 
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Colmor,+NM+87747/@36.2303592,-104.6373261,417a,35y,321.48h,34.74t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x871a72a84f17d355:0xd6f8f89da8ad885a!8m2!3d36.2205897!4d-104.6494336
(3) 720 West Levy 
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Colmor,+NM+87747/@36.0715124,-104.6877307,235a,35y,321.48h,34.75t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x871a72a84f17d355:0xd6f8f89da8ad885a!8m2!3d36.2205897!4d-104.6494336
(2) 722  
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Colmor,+NM+87747/@36.0418024,-104.6917707,238a,35y,321.48h,34.76t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x871a72a84f17d355:0xd6f8f89da8ad885a!8m2!3d36.2205897!4d-104.6494336
(3) 724 East Wagon Mound 
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Colmor,+NM+87747/@36.0147351,-104.7005315,304a,35y,321.48h,34.75t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x871a72a84f17d355:0xd6f8f89da8ad885a!8m2!3d36.2205897!4d-104.6494336

Southern Infestation, tall pinnacles with one exception: 

(2) 774 South of Las Vegas almost Romeroville 
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Colmor,+NM+87747/@35.5326573,-105.2234074,187a,35y,270h,60.38t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x871a72a84f17d355:0xd6f8f89da8ad885a!8m2!3d36.2205897!4d-104.6494336
(3) 777 East Ojita 
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Colmor,+NM+87747/@35.4986927,-105.2412647,179a,35y,270h,60.37t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x871a72a84f17d355:0xd6f8f89da8ad885a!8m2!3d36.2205897!4d-104.6494336
(3) ___ West Ojita 
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Colmor,+NM+87747/@35.4873748,-105.2315869,180a,35y,270h,60.37t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x871a72a84f17d355:0xd6f8f89da8ad885a!8m2!3d36.2205897!4d-104.6494336
(2) 781 Rattlesnake Wash 
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Colmor,+NM+87747/@35.4518855,-105.2195268,171a,35y,270h,60.37t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x871a72a84f17d355:0xd6f8f89da8ad885a!8m2!3d36.2205897!4d-104.6494336
(2) 783 Kind of close to Maverick Road  
https://www.google.com/maps/@35.4143365,-105.2220053,3a,75y,293.24h,93.04t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sHGN0NZDIYxrnuIG5f5rmBQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
(2) 786 Long Walk, NM 
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Colmor,+NM+87747/@35.3941793,-105.2468189,223a,35y,270h,45.01t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x871a72a84f17d355:0xd6f8f89da8ad885a!8m2!3d36.2205897!4d-104.6494336
(3) ___ E Chapelle 
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Colmor,+NM+87747/@35.387074,-105.2779111,247a,35y,270h,44.99t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x871a72a84f17d355:0xd6f8f89da8ad885a!8m2!3d36.2205897!4d-104.6494336
(3) ___ W Chapelle 
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Colmor,+NM+87747/@35.3909027,-105.2947521,177a,35y,270h,60.35t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x871a72a84f17d355:0xd6f8f89da8ad885a!8m2!3d36.2205897!4d-104.6494336
(2) 791 Bernal (flat caps) 
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Colmor,+NM+87747/@35.3903369,-105.3277415,187a,35y,270h,60.35t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x871a72a84f17d355:0xd6f8f89da8ad885a!8m2!3d36.2205897!4d-104.6494336

In the Boonies, all tall pinnacles I imagine: 

(?) 840 
(1) 846 
(1) 847
(1) 849 
(1) 850



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 10/09/20 21:03 by rgzfan.



Date: 10/09/20 20:51
Re: ATSF Semaphore 706
Author: highgreengraphics

Rattlesnake Wash is an apt name for the side-by-sides at 781. I wont walk in there from the highway again except in the winter. I saw so many rattlers there I was amazed. === === = === JLH



Date: 10/09/20 21:15
Re: ATSF Semaphore 706
Author: Ritzville

Very NICE semaphore series! Been in that area many times since the 1970's.

Larry



Date: 10/09/20 23:52
Re: ATSF Semaphore 706
Author: Odyssey

Thanks for sharing the "current" Ektachrome images ...
nicely done!  Also thank you for sharing the numerous
links ... coverage on some spots I've never been to ...
there be lots to see along that stretch of rail!
Appreciated ...

Odyssey
Evergreen, CO



Date: 10/10/20 07:20
Re: ATSF Semaphore 706
Author: UP951West

Thanks for sharing your ATSF semaphore signal slides. They look great. What a panoramic location.
And thanks for list of semaphores still in service. -Kelly



Date: 10/10/20 08:34
Re: ATSF Semaphore 706
Author: radar

The photos are great.  What surprises me is how good the signals look.  No rust and the paint looks really good.  They have had excellent maintenance over their life.  Roughly how old are those things?



Date: 10/10/20 18:41
Re: ATSF Semaphore 706
Author: rgzfan

Thanks for the kind words.

I'm under the impression they were installed 1910-1912. But I don't recall where I got that info.

The dark side of things is that signaling between Springer and about Levy was completely screwed up. When I was out there this summer shooting them, I soon learned that I had to drive the line in the am to see what was messed up. I couldn't just plan to shoot 3 at a specific signal and go straight to the signal. It was common for the system to think a block was occupied between 706 and 717, and the signals would all align to communicate the false status. I started to notice that rain frequently induced the false indications. It was pretty infuriating. Imagine how the engine crews felt about it. Oddly, the first train through tended to clear the situation. After train passed, everything would indicate correct. But then the next morning, I'd often find problems again. Also, the siding signal at 724 would never settle. It would randomly change indications several times per hour. That did get fixed finally in late July or early August.

Anyhow, those sempahores need to slow down and enjoy life - at  museums.

radar Wrote:
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> The photos are great.  What surprises me is how
> good the signals look.  No rust and the paint
> looks really good.  They have had excellent
> maintenance over their life.  Roughly how old are
> those things?



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Date: 10/10/20 22:11
Re: ATSF Semaphore 706
Author: BNSF6400

rgzfan Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> I'm under the impression they were installed
> 1910-1912. But I don't recall where I got that
> info.

The information I got awhile back from BNSF was the semaphores on the west end between Alburquerque and Lamy were installed in 1924, while those further east were installed around 1926.



Date: 10/11/20 06:52
Re: ATSF Semaphore 706
Author: rgzfan

Thanks for that info. I hope some of them make it to 2026!

BNSF6400 Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> rgzfan Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I'm under the impression they were installed
> > 1910-1912. But I don't recall where I got that
> > info.
>
> The information I got awhile back from BNSF was
> the semaphores on the west end between
> Alburquerque and Lamy were installed in 1924,
> while those further east were installed around
> 1926.



Date: 10/14/20 13:02
Re: ATSF Semaphore 706
Author: Cumbresfan

BNSF6400 Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> rgzfan Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I'm under the impression they were installed
> > 1910-1912. But I don't recall where I got that
> > info.
>
> The information I got awhile back from BNSF was
> the semaphores on the west end between
> Alburquerque and Lamy were installed in 1924,
> while those further east were installed around
> 1926.

I haven't ridden in a year, but last fall (2019) there were still five remaining between Cerrillos and Galisteo. At least three of the five require private property access.



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