got to see two trains going different directions. Cool sounds.
History of railroad in FLAGSTAFF: http://pineknollaz.com/documents/railroad_history.pdf Found this info on a message board: Flagstaff is merely another town for BNSF trains to pass through. In fact, nearly all of Arizona is, except for Winslow (at the eastern border) which does have a yard and is a crew change location. All those trains are on their way to and from California and New Mexico. Flagstaff used to have saw mills from 1882 until 1966, and then trains stopped there almost daily to pick up and set out cars. One mill was where the Holiday Inn is, and the other was close to the north end of the university. And the Greenlaw shopping mall was the location for the original Greenlaw lumber mill which also had rail service. But that mill was gone by the late 1920s. Since then, there's been no action at Flagstaff.
FOUND this on a message board: The train traffic through Flagstaff, Arizona is quite heavy. Between 50-70 freight trains alone pass through the city each day.