Union Pacific . Nogales Crossing . Arizona . Watercolor . 18" x 24"
... January 2018 road trip... I sought out the Nogales border crossing to observe the procedure in person. I was treated to a southbound coal train led by Union Pacific (UP) #7256, a GE AC44CW with UP #8716, an EMD SD70ACe on point and a pair of EMD SD70ACe locomotives, UP #8535 and UP #8451, pushing. The UP main splits into two parallel passing/ holding tracks on the US side and then funnels back to a single track at the approach. A large barbed gate in the middle of "the wall", blocks the rail between the United States and Mexico. The train stops, the crew steps down to confer with US Border Patrol & Customs agents... and then the gateway is opened. The train proceeds into Mexico at a sedate 5mph, past tall, railcar gamma ray scanning machinery and probes. It's all reasonably quick and straightforward. Northbound trains; however, receive much more scrutiny. There are 7 rail border crossing points along the US & Mexican border. Illustrated... the view along Robins Avenue, with UP #48745, an AAR Class HT open hopper car and former Central of Tennessee Railway and Navigation Company hopper, CTRN #602010 in the foreground.
A Giclee Print is available of this watercolor painting / railroad art.