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UPRR's Cima Sub Map and Railfan Info
Nevada Segment: Las Vegas, NV to Calada, NV


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Nevada Segment Superlatives

East end: Las Vegas, NV  - MP 334.3; West end: Calada, NV  MP  288.8; Total route miles: 45.5;  CTC, Single track with sidings
Max track speed: 70 mph
Crew Change Points: Las Vegas
Yards: Arden, NV
Junctions: Boulder Branch (UPRR) MP 327.8
Highest point: 3,127' @ Erie, NV; Lowest Point: 2,040' @ Las Vegas, NV
Radio Frequencies: AAR 27  160.515 DS-07 Las Vegas to Yermo
Train Frequency: 20-25 daily;  Train Types: Coal, Auto, Intermodal, Cement, Manifest
Amtrak : none scheduled

Overview

        The Nevada section of the Cima Sub covers close to 50 miles and is by far the most easily accessed portion of the subdivision. In the downtown parts of Las Vegas, the sub is less than spectacular for photography, though you can do some interesting things with the casinos if you frame things just right. Still, with all the power lines, trash, fences, businesses, overpasses and what not that lines the tracks through town, the best locations through are south of the Las Vegas strip. Starting at Arden is where this portion of the Cima sub really gets interesting. The railroad leaves the relative clutter of the city and moves through a series of cuts and fills to climb from the valley as it make the climb up the grade at Erie.

        Access: As mentioned above there are plenty of roads, paths, and locations to access the tracks in Las Vegas. Without spending to much time here on that, I think simply stating that you should get yourself a good map of town that shows the tracks and have at it. The only real bad locations are north of US 95 / Charleston. This is the crew change location and those locations are along the Caliente Sub anyway. South of the crew change, along the Cima sub, is relatively safe during the day. Some areas between Charleston and Tropicana aren't great after dark. My point is: get a map and feel free to explore, you shouldn't get into anything too messy.
        South of town toward Arden, you'll have to start using a series of dirt roads, and MoW access to get to the tracks. There is a paved road that gets you to Erie and south from there to Jean. Then it is back to dirt. We'll cover the specifics as we go in the station descriptions below.

        Lodging: If you can't find lodging in Vegas to fit your budget, then you need to go home! ;o) The Rio Hotel Casino stands out as your best bet to overlook the tracks, but there simply aren't very many truly trackside motels. Union Plaza downtown is another with rooms looking south the best option. Jean has a couple of hotel casinos you can shack up in as does Primm at the state line. Primm is perfect place to sleep and shave an hour off of driving if your main goal is Cima Hill.

        Food and supplies: Getting food in Vegas is obviously easy to do and there are plenty of locations for supplies. South of town it gets a bit more sparse, though at Jean there is gas and food. Primm also has gas and food.


 

Cima Subdivision Table of Contents: (White background is your current page)

Picture Pages

Maps and Railfan Info

Cima Sub Main Page

Cima Sub Maps and Railfan Info Main

Nevada  (Las Vegas, NV to Calada, NV)

Nevada Segment

Cima Hill  (Nipton, CA to Kelso, CA)

Cima Hill Segment

Afton Canyon  (Flynn, CA to Dunn, CA)

Afton Cyn Segment

 Yermo  (Field, CA to Yermo, CA)

  Yermo

 


Timetable Info
Cima Subdivision (From RR East to RR West)
Nevada Stations
Mile Post
Speed Limit
Siding Lengths
Las Vegas
334.3
20
3 Mains (Yard)
Wyoming St
332.7
60
2 Mains
Sands Ave
330.5
40
2 Mains
Bracken (retired)
329.1
60
2 Mains
Tropicana Ave
328.6
60
2 Mains
Boulder Jct.
327.8
60
2 Mains
Maule
362.4
60
2 Mains
Arden
323.9 / 321.3
60
8467' (mini-yard)
Bard (Unofficial)
317.0
40
No Siding
Sloan
315.3 / 314.0
30
6282'
Erie
310.0 / 308.1
60
8843'
* Detector *
307.0
 
 
Sutor (Unofficial)
304.0
70
No Siding
Jean
301.9 / 3007
70
5721'
Borax
297.0 / 295.8
70
5792'
California Stations
 
 
 
Calada (siding is in both states) 
288.8 / 287.0
70
8791'
Nipton
278.2 / 276.9
70
5767'
*Detector*
273.7
   
Moore
273.0 / 271.8
70
5765'
Ivanpah
268.0 / 266.0
70
9835'
Brant
263.9 / 262.8
70
5751'
Joshua
258.5 / 257.2
70
6066'
* Detector *
256.0
 
 
Cima
254.6 / 253.3
45
2 Mains (north 6266') (south 9862')
Chase
251.1 / 249.8
70
5765'
Elora
247.9 / 246.7
45
5780'
Dawes
243.9 / 242.0
70
9025'
Hayden
240.0 / 238.7
70
5780'
Kelso
236.5 / 234.5
70
2 Mains (North & South 9190') (mini-yard)
Flynn (retired)
230.3
70
No siding
Kerens
226.7 / 225.4
70
5754'
Sands
219.5 / 217.7
70
9017'
Balch
212.2 / 211.0
70
5765'
* Detector *
209.2
 
 
Crucero
204.2 / 202.9
70
5775'
Basin
197.6 / 196.3
40
6196'
Afton
191.8
60
Spur only
* Detector *
190.4
 
 
Dunn
188.0 / 186.1
60
9529'
Field
182.9 / 181.7
70
5760'
Manix
178.2 / 176.9
70
5775'
* Detector *
175.3
 
 
Toomey
168.7
40
2 Mains
Minneola
166.4
40
2 Mains
East Yermo
163.8
40
2 Mains
Yermo
162.0
20
2 Mains (Yard)


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