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Welcome to Across the West - Southwest - Designed to showcase the beautiful scenery of New Mexico, Arizona and west Texas and the trains passing through there every day. BNSF and Union Pacific are the big guys, but there are also numerous shortlines and, of course, Amtrak. In general the area I run around in is shown in the map I developed below (DeLorme Topo 4.0). The major BNSF lines are highlited in red, and the major Union Pacific lines are highlited in green.
Besides trains of course, there's also history, much of it within short side trips of the rails, much of it within the field of view of the train pictures. This is, after all, the country of the Apache, Navajo and Comanche, the Pueblos, Pony Soldiers and Billy the Kid, and the Spanish Conquistadores and US Route 66. Albuquerque is 300 years old this year (2005) and it isn't even the oldest city in the state. The Conquistadores first came here in 1540 and Santa Fe was founded as the capital city in 1607(1610?). Fear not, however, I'm a railfan not a historian or anthropologist so these forays into history will be mostly graphic and mostly brief.
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