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May 20th, 2007 – by: cneoridium
A few times a year they run a train down the little section of track they've restored, about 5 miles across the border to Tecate, Mexico. I wasn't sure how fun this was going to be, but my friends talked me into it and it was actually pretty good.
This was part of the San Diego and Arizona Eastern line. It was the "Impossible Railroad" built by our local millionaire John Spreckels at the turn of the last century. The idea was to connect the port in San Diego Bay with the rest of the country.
I wasn't sure if this was going to be fun when my friends talked me into it, but it was! First, the train goes through a weird, inaccessible corner of the county that you can't really get to otherwise. It creeps along, just over walking speed, squealing and groaning around the corners. It's like going back in time a hundred years.
A tunnel leads into Mexico, where the train stops to take on a Mexican "pilot" to sit in the engine for the last couple miles- Mexico loves that kind of bureaucracy!
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