A northbound vehicle train is approaching Villa Ahumada. The empty containers on the head end last carried automobile parts southward to the assembly plant. Now, the auto racks are returning in the same train loaded with new automobiles, headed for interchange to the UP at El Paso.
Near Villa Ahumada, the very recognizable mountains of Cerros Los Arrados stand over the line. This unit grain train is struggling up one of the many short grades toward Moctezuma siding. (low reolution scan from slide)
The city of Chihuahua is at the crossroads of of the former FC Chihuahua al Pacifico and the Mexican Central. This is Ferromex's base for its Copper Canyon operations. The former Mexican Central yard in central Chihuahua has been abandoned and almost entirely removed in favor of the Chihuahua al Pacfico yard near the junction of the two lines. The roundhouse has since been turned into modern office buildings and much of the property has been turned into the city's convention center.
South of Chihuahua, the tracks enter the long fertile valley of the Rio Conchos. Because three flowing rivers converge in this valley, there is enough water to sustain an agriculture industry. Above, a roadswitcher based at Delicias is pulling through Bachimba siding as a southbound train approaches on the mainline.A southbound manifest passing over some undulating track near Delicias.
As the line nears Torreon, the tracks drop into La Laguna - the large dry lake bed in which the city of Torreon lies. The tracks closely parallel Highway 45 until reaching the outskirts of town. This southbound auto train is passing the abandoned depot at Cadena.
Approaching the yard from the north, the tracks pass through a busy corner of downtown Torreon. There are many busy crossings in this area making it almost impossible to take a telephoto shots without any traffic. Above, a school girl crosses in front of a southbound manifest as it enters the yard. Below, a southbound intermodal train is meeting a northbound at the North end of Torreon yard. A motorcycle rider squeezes between the two moving trains before the crossing is blocked.