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David Devine, author of “Slavery, Scandal, and Steel Rails,” spoke to the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke about the history of the southern transcontinental railroad line. The book covers the Gadsden Purchase and subsequent construction of the railroad line through Arizona and New Mexico during the 1870s. Projecting pictures of construction, Southern Pacific Railroad tycoons, and politicians at the time.
Union Pacific Railroad is moving forward in its effort to build a second main track through Marana parallel to its first.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Vehicles wait for the railroad crossing bars to rise after a train passed last week at West Cortaro Farms Road and Interstate 10. The addition of a second Union Pacific line through Marana will require reconfiguring the intersection there.
Train traffic may be increasing from Tucson to Phoenix soon, as Union Pacific continues expansion of its rail lines, with plans for parallel tracks running across the state’s Sunset Line by 2011.
Marana police (above) teamed up with Union Pacific to help crack down on violators and raise awareness of the railroad crossing laws in Arizona.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Marana police teamed up with Union Pacific to help crack down on violators and raise awareness of the railroad crossing laws in Arizona.
Nick Smith/The Explorer, A Union Pacific train waits on a sidetrack until the route north is clear. The railroad is in the middle of a billion-dollar project to double track its lines across the Southwest, doubling rail traffic.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Union Pacific locomotive engineer Mike Botthof said, “A train hitting a car is like a car hitting a half-pound of sugar.”
Ames Construction Inc. will be closing the train track crossing at Cortaro Road to perform construction for Union Pacific Railroad.
It has been said that the only thing necessary for the persistence of evil is for good people to do nothing. Nowhere is this truer than in North Korea, a repressive police state that mercilessly tortures its citizens and routinely threatens its neighbors – and the United States – with war. Clearly, it is in our interest to see democratic reform in Pyongyang, both for our own safety and for the well-being of North Korean citizens themselves. But change won’t happen overnight – which is why we must plant the seeds of freedom and human rights now that can one day lead to a more democratic regime less prone to lashing out at the free world.
Union Pacific reminds Fourth of July weekend travelers – motorists and pedestrians alike – to take the extra time and use caution when crossing railroad tracks and at-grade crossings, and to stay away from railroad property.
Train tracks at Cortaro Road will be closed for 12 hours next weekend for construction.
Ames Construction Inc. will be closing Ina Road, east of the westbound I-10 frontage road, to construct a second crossing for the Union Pacific Railroad. The closure begins Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. and lasts until Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. All traffic will be detoured on to Thornydale or Oldfather road when approaching from the east side of the crossing and either Orange Grove or Cortaro road when approaching from the westbound I-10 frontage road or west of the crossing.
One of the Northwest's busiest, most congested intersections may get a lift as part of the next Interstate 10 construction project.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, A study by contractors for ADOT has begun of the six-mile corridor of Interstate 10 from Ruthrauff to Ina roads. It's likely Ina would be elevated over the railroad tracks and interstate, and engineers are examining just how to do that as part of a comprehensive, complicated analysis.
Work on Union Pacific Railroad’s double track effort through Arizona from El Paso to Los Angeles is continuing, with most of the track being laid in Pinal County. However, the railroad’s plans for a larger switch yard near Picacho Peak are now on hold.
Arizona Wine Growers Association presents wine tastings, yummy treats, artisan vendors, and live entertainment in downtown Willcox's historical Railroad Park.
Ina road was closed at the railroad tracks for a few hours after a car was struck by a train.
David Devine and Dick Kroese, President of SaddleBrooke Rotary, stand together after Devine spoke about his new book that looks at the history of railroads in Tucson.
Historian and author Gene Caywood presents “Arrival of the Railroad in Tucson and Arizona” at the Oro Valley Historical Society’s meeting next week.
On June 3, 2014, at approximately 5:00 p.m., Foothills District deputies responded to the railroad crossing at Ruthrauff Road and the frontage road reference a train hitting a pedestrian.
Steve Schmollinger, 49, feeds off the power of a railroad locomotive and the life and death struggles of those who have driven them across the mountains and deserts of the West.
Ina Road’s landscaping is about to get a makeover.
Ames Construction Inc. will close the train track crossing at Massingale Road to perform construction for Union Pacific Railroad.
On the way back from campus, I saw this chair from the window of the shuttle. I decided I needed a picture of it, so I biked 3 miles back on St. Mary's Rd. in Tucson, right past the railroad tracks after getting to my apartment. I took a few pictures, then biked back to my apartment, and found that it was definitely worth the ride.