In this year leading up to Arizona's centennial, Feb. 14, 2012, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.
Dec. 5, 1912
Commencing on the first of the new year, the El Paso and Southwestern will run two or three trains daily each way over the Tucson division. Two daily trains will certainly be run, and if the business justifies it, three will be scheduled to leave and arrive in this city each day. It is expected that the big increase of business which will come with the new year will make this necessary.
The engineering offices of the company have been discontinued at Tucson and from now on the engineering problems will be solved at the office of J. R. Emerson, division engineer, located at Benson. It is rumored that this office will be moved to Tucson with several other departments of the division. J. S. Barlow, who was construction engineer during the building of the yards, has gone to El Paso.
All construction work on the tracks in the yards has been completed. About 14 miles of track have been laid in Tucson and this comprises the yards. A gang of men is ballasting these tracks now, and it is thought they will be finished within a short time.
Work on the new depot was started Monday. Excavations for the foundations goes on steadily. It is said that the building was supposed to be completed on December 1. The Pearsons company of El Paso has the contract. The work on the depot was held up early in the fall by untimely rains.
Work on the freight depot is progressing rapidly. All the concrete foundations are down, and soon the construction of the building will be commenced. The round house will be finished shortly. It is of concrete and brick and will shelter 12 engines.
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