Hermanas to Deming

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This branch line was built by the El Paso & South Western in 1901 to connect Hermanas (now a ghost town) to Deming, NM. The EP&SW's South Line between Douglas, AZ and El Paso, TX ran through Hermanas, where the line branched off and ran for 31 miles northeast to Deming, where it gained access to the Southern Pacific's "North Line".

Today, the entire route is a road named "Hermanas Grade". It is not known when the railroad right-of-way was officially abandoned or when the tracks were removed.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD
Docket Number: 6995 Date: 7/2/1928 Section: 1
App. of El Paso & Southwestern RR. Co. and Southern Pacific Co., its lessee, for a certificate to abandon a line of railroad between Deming and Hermanas, in Luna County, New Mexico, a distance of.30.81 miles.
Length: 30.81 miles Citation: 150 ICC 577  

Two points of correction here:

(1) The SP was called "the North Line" - not the ATSF.

(2) Only a portion of the Hermanas Grade is paved on the north end; the rest from Hermanas north is dirt with some gravel.

Portions of the town still exist even though it is a ghost town.

Dick Davis
Lordsburg, NM
5/27/2009

[Thanks Dick for the corrections; they have been noted.  —Greg Harrison]

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