Pacific Rail News Magazine
August 1985 Issue

Magazine Summary
A preliminary study by the US Department of Energy concludes that railroad rates for hauling coal have not be excessive since the Staggers Act was passed in 1980.

Steam locomotive Mogul Type No. 1771 has been donated to the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.

Feature Story: Riding Through the Redwoods - The Redwood Coast Daylight

Feature Story: Victim of Suburban Sprawl - Santa Fe’s Venta Spur

Feature Story: Millbrae - 35 Years Later

Feature Story: Changing SP rail Technology - No More Train Orders at Santa Barbara

Effective May 1, Santa Fe inaugurated a revised freight train symbol system to reflect the various categories of freight each train is carrying.

Thanks to the United Airlines Pilots’ strike, Amtrak trains in the West received a boost in business.

The county of Los Angeles has announced the sale of 8 passenger cars to a group that plans to use them through the Copper Canyon in Mexico.

The new $500 million Ford assembly plant being built on the outskirts of Hermosillo, Son., will start producing autos in Nov 1986. This should add traffic to both the FCP and SBC.

Traffic density across the Rio Grande system remains at depressed but static levels. This pattern has been present for several months now.