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Rita Ranch Abandoned Railbed, AZ
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Rita Ranch Abandoned Railbed, AZ 
Rita Ranch Abandoned Railbed, AZ
Walk / Tour avatar Jul 26 2015
Walk / Tour0.20 Miles
Walk / Tour0.20 Miles      3 Mns   4.00 mph
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I've always had an interest in railroads, including the history and archaeology of railroads past. Having spent a good portion of my life traveling by airplane for work, I would look down upon the landscape and see the scars left by abandoned rail lines of long ago. It's amazing how discernible many of these are, even after being abandoned over 100 years ago. A few times I managed to scout out these right-of-ways on the ground. I'm now trying to better document through mapping, writing, and photographing my explorations, especially since many of these right-of-ways, along with other associated artifacts (stations, water tanks, bridges, etc.) are being wiped out by new development. This trip marks my effort to use HAZ Tracks, HAZ, Google Maps, and other web tools to document and share these explorations.

This segment of right-of-way (.07 miles in length) was part of the original Southern Pacific line through Tucson that was built in 1880. This segment is part of a portion of the that line that was abandoned in 1951, when Davis-Monthan AFB was expanded and enveloped part of the right-of-way. Southern Pacific had previously built a link to the acquired El Paso & Southwestern line and was already routing traffic over that parallel line before the abandonment, bypassing this segment.

115 years later, visible portions of the original right-of-way still exist, though many now are not accessible. There are a couple of other segments in the Rita Ranch area that are, and I plan on walking them soon.

(I also have an interest in other industrial relics, including abandoned airfields, which I'm undertaking the same kind of effort.)
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