Tijuana to Tecate Commercial Train Trip on original T&T/SD&A tracks using new high-level lightweight cars
John M. Fiscella
This might be a good Association and/or Museum outing, if we could
arrange safe & secure bus transportation from the Museum to the Tijuana
station. It is a 5-hour package, with time allotted to shopping in
Tecate (and beer-drinking, obviously). The route goes through the
switchbacks in Valle Redondo. Maria Castillo-Curry, AIA of Tijuana (a
fellow Museum Board member) already agreed **to me** to help plan and
arrange any type of Club or Museum trip to Mexico, especially Tecate. I
think she would also agree to chapperone the trip; she is well-known in
Mexico as a rail history authority.
So get your cameras ready.
Ken Harrison <second98@...>
On 7/3/2010 11:36 AM, John M. Fiscella wrote:
http://www.talkbaja.com/showthread.php?t=1677There are no switchbacks on the line. Rather, there are two horseshoe curves which cover the distance between the valley and the mountain.
My wife and I rode a trip from Campo to Garcia (just east of Tijuana) a year or two ago. After the cement plant west of Redondo, the train goes through vast areas of decidedly non-Mexican industrial (concrete or concrete block) housing (for the maquiladoras) and then slums of grinding poverty and profound stench.
While I personally urge anyone who has not seen this railroad to ride it, I think one doing so should be prepared for the contrast. We were sorely moved by what we saw. My wife does not possess any enthusiasm for a return ride, so I will have to travel alone, if I do at all.
Thanks for the heads up, John.