Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in News | 2 comments

East of Palm Springs lies the Salton Sea, a beautiful but desolate place that developers once touted as the next great water resort. While those dreams were swept away, Union Pacific’s Yuma Subdivision hosts up to 35 trains a day through this searing desert terrain. A new article in Trains magazine examines the shared history of the sea and its companion railroad: tour this vital rail corridor that passes old seaside towns and a border patrol checkpoint straight out of “Border Wars.”

Learn more about the March 2013 issue here. As a bonus, check out an online gallery of 10 Salton Sea railroading pictures by clicking here.

And to learn more about the Sea, visit the Salton Sea History Museum and Visitors Center.

UP trains meet at twilight along the Salton Sea in summer 2011. (click to enlarge)