Ash Fork to Crookton
— ICC Abandonment Filings —
|Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway|
|Docket: 20633||5/7/1959||Section: 1(18)|
|App. for auth. to (1) construct a new duuble-track main line of railroad between M.P. 374.9 (east of Williams) and M.P. 418.1 at Crookton (approx. 10 miles east of Seligman) generally parallel to but several miles distinct to the north of its existing main line between the same points, a total dist. of approx, 44 miles, in the counties of Coconino and Yavapai, State of Ariz, and (2) to abandon its line commencing at the junction of the existing east bound main track with its Phoenix Branch approx. M.P. 402.0 at Ash Fork, extending westwardly and north westwardly to west bound M.P. 418.1 at Crookton (approx. 10 miles east of Seligman) a distance of approx. 16.1 miles, Yavapai County, Ariz.|
|Length: 16.100 miles||Citation:|
— User Comments —
This segment of mainline was taken out of service when the new relocated mainline was opened. The Santa Fe Historical Society's magazine "Warbonnet" has an article about this (3rd Qtr 2010 edition).
Remnants of this route can be seen from I-40.
In plotting the map above, I discovered that there are actually two routes here, both connecting to the mainline at Crookton in different places. My guess is that the "northern" route, with the loopback, was perhaps an older alignment, with the "southern" route being the more recent route, albeit still abandoned in favor of the double tracking as put forth in the ICC filing.
Can anybody shed some more light on this?
Just east of Crookton, the original route was the northern one with the large loop. In about 1910 when the line was double-tracked, the southern route was added, following a somewhat different alignment. Both were abandoned about 1960 in favor of the bypass.