THE DEPOTS OF SOUTHERN PACIFIC'S
SUBSIDIARY RAILROADS IN MEXICO

This page is dedicated to the depots built for Mexican railroads (ferrocarrils) which were controlled by the Southern Pacific railroad. Many of the depots listed as standing are from a list compiled by the Museo Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Mexicanos, dated 1994. Prior to this website, no current list existed. As a result, those listed as standing which have an asterisk (*) next to them come from that list, but have no photographic proof of such as of June 22, 2005.

My profound thanks to members of the Mexlist for their help and the information provided therein, especially: Any errors are mine. If you have any information or corrections, please contact me.

This page is part of David Coscia's SP Site

July 24, 2006


ABBREVIATIONS
Mexican States CS = Common Standard, a numbered series of plans for anything and everything used and built by the Southern Pacific.

KP = Kilometer post markers, used to measure distances along the line
SP = Southern Pacific Railroad, parent company of these lines

STATIONS AND DEPOTS
It is important to know that a "station" and a "depot" are not the same.
"Station" is defined as "a place identified in the timetable by name."
"Depot" is "a building located at a station, which has an office operated by a station agent." There are three types.
A building with a station name on it does not make it a depot. It must meet the above definition. The most common occurance of a building that does not meet the definition is a telegraph office. These were used for controlling the movement of trains prior to radios. A good example would be a an office in the middle of a desert. There is a building but no passengers or freight come to this building. However, the telegraph operator would live there, so it would have living quarters, and thus be a large building that might look like a depot.

FERROCARRIL DE NACOZARI

Construction on this line began soon after August, 1899. It was completed in 1904. Southern Pacific planned on abandoning this line in 1965. Instead, a deal was struck with the government of Mexico and it was nationalized on August 16, 1965.1 (Kirchner, John. "The Ferrocarril de Nacozari", SP Trainline 85, Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society

KP

Station Name

Built

Builder

Destroyed

Information and photographs

L x W

0.0 Agua Prieta, Son 1904? FdeN standing style of CS# 23 with plastered walls, Trainline photo p. 27, photographed July 3, 2006 .
52.5 Fronteras, Son 1904? FdeN standing not a CS style, now a museum (name?), Trainline photo p. 30 and 39. .
72.8 Esqueda, Son 1904? FdeN standing CS#?, any photos? .
123.2 Nacozari, Son 1904? FdeN standing style of CS# 23 with hipped roof but no bay window and plastered walls, Trainline photo p. 27 of .


FERROCARRIL TIJUANA & TECATE

This line was begun in 1912, and was completed in 1919. Construction was severely delayed by the Mexican Revolution during those years. Service began in 1919. The line was nationalized on July 1, 1970.2 (Hanft, Robert. The San Diego & Arizona: The Impossible Railroad)

KP

Station Name

Built Builder

Destroyed

Information and photographs

L x W

0.10 Tijuana, BC 1910 T&T fire, 1917 1st, CS#23?, photo p. 214 .
0.10 Tijuana, BC 1917 T&T standing 2nd, CS#?, photo p. 130 .
4.10 Agua Caliente, BC none . hotel had a flag stop .
. Garcia, BC T&T . . .
. Valle Redondo 1912 T&T . . .
59.90 Tecate, BC 1919 T&T standing photo p. 105;photo by Steve Bovee .


FERROCARRIL INTER-CALIFORNIA

Construction of this line began in 1905. It took four years to build because of delays caused by the series of Colorado River floods with created the Salton Sea. Service began in 1909. The border crossing east of Algodones was cut in January 1958. The section from Pascualitos to Algodones was closed in 1959. The remaining section from Mexicali to Pascualitos became part of the Ferrocarril de Sonora-Baja California (S-BC), which connected at Pascualitos.3 (Kirchner, John. Baja California Railways)

KP

Station Name

Built Builder

Destroyed

Information and photographs

L x W

0.47 Mexicali, BC 1905 I-C flood, 1906 1st, CS# 23? Oakdale-design, 168 x 25
0.47 Mexicali, BC 1906 I-C standing, * 2nd, CS#? .
6.89 Packard, BC 1905 I-C . CS #22 combo, 2 story passenger 1 story freight 32 x 28 64 x 28
  Pascualitos 1907? I-C . built by I-C or S-BC? .
59.46 Paredones, BC 1909? I-C . 2 story adobe, photo p. 81 .
83.05 Algodones, BC 1909? I-C . CS #22?, photo p. 81 .


SUD-PACIFICO DE MEXICO

The original line from Nogales to Guaymas was completed October 25, 1882 by the Ferrocarril de Sonora (FdeS). This line was a subsidiary of the Atchisen, Topeka, & Santa Fe (ATSF). In July 1898, the FdeS was leased to the SP in exchange for the Mojave to Needles line in California which became the ATSF main line. In December 1911, SP purchased the FdeS from the ATSF. It was renamed Sud-Pacific de Mexico (SPdeM) and completed the line to Guadalajara in 1927. Construction was seriously delayed by the Mexican Revolution, and problems which resulted from building in the mountainous Barrancas area. This line was nationalized on December 21, 1951.4 (Signor, John, and John Kirchner. The Southern Pacific of Mexico and the West Coast Route)

KP

Station Name

Built Builder

Destroyed

Information and photographs

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0.0 Nogales, Son 1882 ATSF or FdeS razed, 1898 1st, built on border, shared with the other road .
0.0 Nogales, Son 1898 FdeS razed, 1960's 2nd, entirely in Mexico due to border change photo p. 63 .
87.0 Magdalena, Son SPdeM standing photo p. 30 .
209 Carbo, Son SPdeM standing, * . .
282 Hermosillo, Son SPdeM standing, * photo p. 31 .
316 Torres, Son SPdeM standing, * . .
371 Ortiz, Son SPdeM standing, * CS#22?, photo p. 27 .
415 Empalme, Son SPdeM razed, late 1960's on map p. 36; photo provided by Charles Jay .
512 Corral, Son SPdeM standing, * . .
593 Navojoa, Son SPdeM standing, * . .
733 San Blas, Sin SPdeM standing, * photo p. 77 .
802 Bamoa, Sin SPdeM standing, * photo p. 75 .
951 Culiacan, Sin SPdeM standing, * . .
1003 Quila, Sin SPdeM standing, * . .
1071 La Cruz, Sin SPdeM standing, * . .
1172 Mazatlan, Sin 1924? SPdeM standing, * . .
1320 Acaponeta, Nay SPdeM standing, * . .
1486 Tepic, Nay SPdeM standing, * photo p. 84 .
1602 Ixtlan, Nay 1925 SPdeM standing, * . .
1624 Barrancas, Jal SPdeM standing, * photo p. 89 .
1653 La Quemada, Jal SPdeM standing, * . .
1662 Magdalena, Jal SPdeM . . .
1688 Tequila, Jal SPdeM standing, * photo p. 95 .
1701 Amatitan, Jal SPdeM . . .
1762 Guadalajara, Jal SPdeM NdeM standing, * shared with NdeM beginning in 1927 .


RAMALS DEL SUD-PACIFICO DE MEXICO

Ramal

KP

Station Name

Built Builder

Destroyed

Information and photographs

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Alamos 62.30 Alamos, Son SPdeM . . .
Guaymas 8.40 Guaymas, Son SPdeM standing built of stone .
Del Rio 124.90 Del Rio, Son SPdeM . . .
El Dorado 23 El Dorado, Sin SPdeM standing, * . .
Hermosillo 3.80 Union, Son SPdeM . . .
Naco 0.00 Naco, Son SPdeM standing, * photo p. 27 .
Naco 47.30 Del Rio, Son SPdeM . . .
Naco 61.50 Cananea, Son SPdeM standing, * . .
Tonichi 155.50 Tonichi, Son SPdeM . . .