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The first southbound pulling through on the main.

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The second southbound showed up riding the yellows. It almost had to stop to let the first southbound clear the south switch.

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The second southbound approaching the north switch.

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The DPUs on the second southbound.

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Bill Anderson

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Thanks for posting. I had to look up Marion on a map. It is on the old SP line between Salem and Albany.

Do UP dispatchers refer to that as a north-south mainline? The old SP was dispatched strictly as an east-west railroad, which made things very confusing on some of the (geographic) north-south mainlines in California and Oregon. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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