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Pacific Harbor Line Locomotive Commssioning Event

Long Beach, California

July 11, 2007

Story and photographs by Richard Elgenson
RailNews Network writer


As the train passed the Pier 400 lead track , PHL Trainmaster Richard Guindon waved from the grade crossing.   PHL uses hybrid passenger vehicles as another contribution to clean air at the ports.

Below, Ocean Blvd overpass of the Hanjin Terminal lead track.




Below left, Vincent Thomas Bridge in the distance.  The intermodal train is likely going to American President Line Global Gateway South or the APL storage yard.  Below right, the center and right track are Alameda Corridor (ACTA) tracks.


The corridor tracks cross a deep ocean channel via the double tracked Badger Bridge.  The railroad is set up to have four tracks on each side of the bridge, allowing for a multitude of track routing combinations.  Badger Bridge was replaced as part of the Alameda Corridor project.  The old bridge was single track.  Remnants are still visible as the top of rail elevation is higher than the old elevation.


Below left, the control center for the Badger Bridge and also dispatch office for the railroad.  PHL dispatches BNSF Railway and Union Pacific in the ports area.


The train has descended from the 200' tall Badger Bridge towards CP Dominguez. 


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