To boost the national economy, the Mexican government is completing the long-planned railway across the Sierra Madre mountains, from Chihuahua in Northern Mexico to the Pacific coast.
GV/PAN across mountainous terrain, can to partly completed tressel bridge
LV Supply truck over stream on perilous mountain road
TV Bulldozer clear road-bed
SV Men suspended by ropes drilling on mountain side
TV False tunnel (protection from rock slide)
ANGLE VIEW PAN down men rig wire supports over false tunnel
LV Men fill road-bed with stones
SV Dolly hoi???t lays concrete ties on road-bed
CU Man directing operations
LV Line of concrete ties
SV Man laying rails
CU Mechanical wrench inserts bolts
SV Train over railway
TRAVEL SHOT Along rails
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Background: To boost the national economy, the Mexican government is completing the long-planned railway across the Sierra Madre mountains, from Chihuahua in Northern Mexico to the Pacific coast.
An unrealized dream for more than a century, the new railway will be a boon to wheat and cattle growers of Mexico's northern plains- and to farmers and fishermen on the coast.
The line will also open up tourism in the high, wild and virtually unknown ranges of mountains in northwestern Mexico.
Patterned after high-speed French railways, track sections are welded together to avoid the "clack clack" of the wheels passing over the rail joints. The rails are screwed, not nailed, down over rubber shock-absorbing pads.
Part of the new railway runs across the Rio Grande from Texas. The total distance of the new railway is 570 miles. Thousands of Mexicans, including the Tarahurara Indians of the region, are laboring to complete the last 40-mile link in the railway by June.
Linked to U.S. railways at the order, passengers in Kansas City, for example, will be able to go entirely by train to Mexico's Pacific coast, a matter of 1660 miles.
The railway runs over terrain which is among the most ruggedly mountainous on the North American continent. Over the route passengers will see Mexico's answer to the Grand Canyon-the great Barranca del Cobre, or Copper Canyon.
Eleven tunnels and 25 bridges are being constructed, including "false" tunnels on deep cuts and shaky ground in order to protect the rails from landslides.