On November the 21st, Todd Minsk and myself took the road to practice one of
our favorite activities: Railfanning.
As per Todd request, and following my advice we followed the MEXICANO and
INTEROCEANICO lines east of Texcoco, and stopped several times on the trip
to visit the following stations: Calpulalpan, Juarez, (forgive me Todd if I
don't remember the station names as well as you do), and stopped by the
Calderon diamond (have you seen a small NISSAN imitating an SUV?), where we
had a memorable day looking at the remains of forgotten times (Calderon
station itself), combined with the modernity of "state of the art"
locomotives (TFM's SD70 MAC's,and FERROSUR's AC4400's).
Todd wanted to continue to Apan, but on the last minute, I convinced him of
continuing to Apizaco.
The day went fast as we rode onto the plains of Apan (Llanos de Apan), and
the hills of Tlaxcala finding a couple of stations on the road: "Guadalupe",
and the impressive station of "Mu�oz" (surrounded by noisy and boisterous
stray dogs). Those lone platforms could give you an idea of the importance
of passenger traffic not so long ago.
Some minutes before sunset we arrived to Apizaco. I wasn't able to find the
station immediately, as it is practically buried behind facades of
commercial buildings. Todd pointed at a metallic courtain that had the logo
of FERROSUR painted on it, but it was closed.
After knocking at the door. I convinced the guards inside the building that
Todd was an author for the TRAINS magazine (good luck we had november's
issue with us, portraying Mexican railroads), but the security "chief"
sternly warned us: NO PICTURES INSIDE THE STATION.
Apizco is one of those places where the action never stops!!, the unique
green and blue roster of GE locomotives worked frantic the yard. However I
missed the unique whistling sound of EMD locomotives.
At the end of the yard, there was a very special piece of rolling stock that
caught our attention. Shining under the last rays of sun, it was a
completely restored MEXICANO Cabus (#711, if I remember well).
We practically begged the security guards to let us take photographs of it,
and surprisingly, we were allowed to do so. (I want to see those pictures
soon Se�or Minsk).
The cabus is located inside a building known as "CASA DE CULTURA DE
APIZACO", and can be visited by people. Unfortunaltely the interior has been
refurbished as a snack place, or something like that, but the exteriors
remain well kept.
We finished the day, climbing (like kids) a pedestrian bridge, to see the
departure of the local to Puebla. Todd copied lots of information from the
Cultural House, and even managed to obtain a heliographic copy of Apizaco.
Not so bad for a single railfanning day....
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