There was also doodlebug service between Albuquerque and Belen.??Train 13/14 exchanged a baggage/RPO combine with?E/W mainline trains before it continued on to Denver.? In the mid '50's & 60's this would be a short streamlined?train pulled by E8m's.?
Depending upon the era modeled, large parts of the?right of way changed little over many of the decades that interest most modelers.??(excluding the recent double tracking project in the canyon)? Except for the line west of Dalies, there's considerable amounts of single track?mainline railroading, but with a traffic density that?probably kept dispatchers highly cafinated.???
Belen also dispatched the "hog special"? stock train to LA, so, there's a need for long strings of stock cars.?? Post '59, you can?also run?"desert dwelling alligators".? One thing you won't need to model much of for this area; TREES!
Yes, of course. But think of what you'll get as a trade-off. Since
Belen was the western end of the Pecos Division, you'll need bothWell, I already have the Walthers Santa Fe Super Chief and a couple of Santa Fe 4-8-4s. Those Intermountain reefers are mighty tempting. And I just joined the Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society. Maybe I could model Nemo, Illinois where the ATSF and M&StL had their only interchange. But Abo Canyon beckons.