New Mexico Mystery Railroad Info

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Peter KS

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Recently I was travelling on a flight out of Albuquerque, New Mexico when I spotted an oval of railway track unexpectedly plonked down in the desert. It looked very like a simple layout of Hornby model railway track with some short sidings.

Later I searched for it on Google maps satellite images and found it. You can find it yourself. It is located about 8 miles due west of Double Eagle Airport which is west of Albuquerque.

I decided to do a 'Constance Babington Smith' (look her up on Google!) and enlarged the image as much as I could to see if I work out what was going on there. Is that a steam loco in the station? Is it a film set?

Who would build an oval of track in the desert? There does seem to a line heading off the south to join the BNSF main line. May be it is a military railway like Longmoor? For training they need an oval so you don't have to keep running around at terminii.

Searching the internet, I find nothing on maps of the New Mexico rail system (operating, disused and dismantled).

Any ideas ?
 
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Certainly looks like a film set, you can see there are also old-time coaches, a Western-style "main street" mock up and loads of vehicles, trucks, cherry pickers etc. I'm flying into ABQ on Saturday so I'll have a look out for it!
 

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it's probably some secret military training area. There's a lot of them round that way.

Not any more it isn't!:lol:


This springs to mind :lol:.

Back OT I have to agree that it look like a film set. There are a lot of big rigs hanging around and on the southern edge there appears to be a flat waggon with a camera rig on it. Also there are a fair few large looking motor homes around.

Or it could be where the American Strategic Steam Reserve is hidden.
 

jamesontheroad

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It's a film set. If you look towards the north of the cluster of buildings, you'll see some camera trucks with crane mounted camera jigs (and some cranes, which have a similar footprint). There are also a lot of back lot trailers too, presumably where actors and crew hang out.

The only film I can think of that might have used it is True Grit. There were a couple of sequences with characters boarding / disembarking a train at a small station with a wooden platform like the one at the bottom of the "town."
 

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If you look to the south there is actually some filming taking place on the dislocated section of track! Lots of people standing around there.
 

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Definately recent. Been built within the last two years, according to different satellite images of the exact same coordinates.
 
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