SANTA BARBARA, MEXICO (November 24/27, 1961)...President Adolfo Lopez Mateos, of Mexico and high government officials,?
FOLLOWING IS THE NEWSREEL ASSEMBLY:
Zoom map of Mexico
Running shot over newly laid rails and across steel bridge
Running shot through rugged mountainous country of Chihuahua's "Copper Canyon", (Barranca del Cobre)
LS. - Diesel Engine hauling passenger and freight cars up mountainside and through concrete tunnel
LS - Train dwarfed against the mountains
Running shot along the line, natives of the area stand-by the road-bed to catch a glimpse of the President of Mexico, Adolfo Lopez Mateos.
Running shot of train entering another concrete tunnel
LS - Train coming down a mountain grade
LS PAN - Of Los Mochis rich agricultural countryside
LS - Of countryside showing highway
MS - Man checking heavy growth of sugar cane before the harvest
MS - A farmer and tractor furrows the newly opened agricultural area of Chihuahua.
Running shot over new type railbed which cushions the rails with rubber padding to make a smoother and quieter ride.
LS PAN - Of Presidential train arriving at the Santa Barbara bridge where the inaugural ceremonies were held. Crowds in foreground await Presidential arrival.
MLS PAN - Flanked by government officials, Sr. Adolfo Lopez Mateos, the President, arrives for the inauguration
MS - School children line up - front row for a Presidential look
MS - Of crowds at the inauguration
MCU - Of elderly man - two shots
MS - Of Sr. Teofilo Borunda, Governor of the State of Chihuahua, addressing the crowd, President Lopez Mateos on his left
MS - Of Tarahumara Indians and railroad workers listening
MCU - Of Tarahumara Indians and Chihuahua
MS - Sr. Javier Barros Sierra, Secretary of State in the Department of Communications, addressing the crowd
HCU - Of an Indian
MS - President Lopez Mateos, listening as General Gabriel Leya, Governor of the State of Sinaloa, speaks.
HCU - Of a Tarahumara Indian
MS - Of Sr. Adolfo Lopez Mateos, President of Mexico, giving the inaugural address
LS PAN - Of train leaving the Santa Barbara station
MS - Of engineer at the controls
LS - Of train going up mountain grade enroute to terminal on Pacific Coast.
Running shot from the rear of the train, new reinforcing walls through the mountainous country are seen
LS PAN - Pacific Coast terminus, the harbour of Topolobampo
EDITOR: This newsreel feature arranged and filmed by our crews is sent to you with the compliments of the Government of Mexico
EDITOR NOTE: See our newsreel release of May 1961 on the construction of the railroad entitled:
"MEXICO'S CHIHUAHUA AND PACIFIC RAILROAD IS CONTINENT'S NEWEST" Release #1082
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Background: SANTA BARBARA, MEXICO (November 24/27, 1961)...President Adolfo Lopez Mateos, of Mexico and high government officials, dedicate a 560-mile rail line at Santa Barbara, on the border of the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua, thus completing a railroad linking the Texas town of Presidio on the Mexican border with Mexico's Pacific coast.
The new railroad, dreamed of since the turn of the century, crosses Mexico's Sierra Madre range, cutting through countryside hitherto remote and largely unexplored. It opens to commerce and to tourism some of the hemisphere's most spectacular scenery, including the 5,000-foot deep Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon).
Cutting through 72 tunnels, curving upward and downward around mountainsides, sometimes in near-complete circles, the railroad cost $91 million for the Chihuahua-Topolobampo section. The ride takes about 15 hours and will cost tourists $6.40 for a first-class fare. By early December, six freight-passenger trains will have begun daily operations over the route.
It is the first line in Mexico with the most modern rails. It has in several mountain stretches the new continuous rails bedded upon rubber plates. This method eliminates noise and also reduces equipment wear and tear.
It runs southwest from Ojinaga, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from Presidio, Texas, to the town of Topolobampo on the Gulf of California, a distance of 560 miles.
Thousands of Mexican workers, including the Tarahumara Indians of the region, laboured to complete the last 40-mile link in the railroad by November this year.
Now, passengers in Kansas City, for example, can go entirely by train to Mexico's Pacific Coast, a distance of 1660 miles.
By 1963, the railroad is expected to carry freight at the rate of 300 million tons annually. It is also expected to open the way for new mining enterprises and to make possible the shipment of fresh fruits, vegetables, and sugar from Mexico's lush Pacific coastal areas to the more arid inland regions of the country's north.