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News photo: Mexico, meet La Empresa

By Trains Staff | May 30, 2024

CP 2816 crosses the Rio Grande

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Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 No. 2816 crosses the International Railway Bridge into Mexico at Laredo, Texas, on May 30, 2024. Dave Blazejewski

LAREDO, Texas — The Final Spike Steam Tour has entered the third country on its itinerary.

This morning, the train celebrating the Canadian Pacific-Kansas City Southern merger crossed into Mexico, a historic moment underscoring the three-nation linkage created by the CPKC merger and marking the first trip into that country for CP 4-6-4 No. 2816. The locomotive is shown crossing the Rio Grande at the International Railway Bridge between Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico; in the foreground is the second bridge under construction at the site [see “KCS breaks ground for second span of international bridge …,” Trains News Wire, Nov. 1, 2022].

The train is working its way south to a June 7 display date in Mexico City; after some additional time in Mexico, it will return to the U.S. in mid-June and complete its journey in Calgary on July 10. A scheduled excursion with No. 2816 in Illinois planned for late June has now been cancelled [see “Planned Illinois excursion …,” News Wire, May 30, 2024].

6 thoughts on “News photo: Mexico, meet La Empresa

  1. I didn’t realize the second bridge will be so much lower in elevation than the first, unless it’s just a weird camera angle.

    1. I believe the lower bridge in the photo is the construction access bridge, not the new railroad bridge itself. What appears to be the top of a pier for the new bridge is just visible above the tree on the left side of the photo. On the right side of the photo it appears to be a new abutment to the right on the old abutment. I am not familiar with the project, but some of the details of the lower bridge imply temporary construction bridge to me.

    2. Ah, now that I see it I think Peter is right. I didn’t see the higher pier and abutment before.

    3. I’m sorry but I saw a lot of temporary construction bridges during the Brightline bridge expansion/replacement and that structure looks far more substantial than anything temporary.

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