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Santa Fe Sprint Coasts Into Cajon

September 28, 2010

Descending the 2% of Santa Fe's Cajon Pass South Track, SD45 5328 is in full dynamics with the 998 (Richmond, CA - Los Angeles) Sprint train on as it passes the Cajon crossovers on Dec. 12, 1987.

In the mid-1980’s, the Santa Fe and SP both developed “Sprint” trains, short-haul intermodal trains in certain markets.  Dallas-Houston, Phoenix-LA, Richmond, CA (Oakland) – LA were some of the corridors serviced. The intent was to provide a guaranteed overnight service for trailers in those corridors at a price that was more competitive than highway.

The concept was sound, but there never was enough traffic to justify the continued operation of these trains. Sprint train operations ended by 1990 or so.

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