Wednesday April 11, 2007 was the date
Officer-on-the-Train law enforcement exercise scheduled to take place
in the Wilmington/San Pedro area
on the Pacific Harbor Line. Participating
railroads included Pacific
Harbor Line, Union
Pacific Railroad, Amtrak, Metrolink, and Burlington Northern-Santa Fe
Harbor Line is the most
important short line on the west coast if not the whole country serving
the twin ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles as a neutral
swithching operation handling intermodal, liquid bulk commodites,
automobiles, minerals, agricultural commodities, steel and heavy
equipment. According to PHL President Andrew Fox, this railroad
handles about 120 movements per day over 18 route miles and 59 track
miles, dispatching trains for
themselves, BNSF Railway and Union Pacific. PHL, a unit of
Rail Holdings Co., calls itself the "rail gateway to the world" serving
the third highest volume container port facilities complex in the
world. The people who run
Anacostia are very astute business people operating short lines various
locations thoughout the nation.
The first order of business
at Officer-on-the-Train events is the law enforcement briefing On
this day, the briefing duties were handled by Union Pacific Railroad
Police Department Lt. Tim Nehrling, Union Pacific Railroad Police
Department Officer Jorge Villaescusa and Los Angeles County Sheriff
Steve Snith. A total
of 27 law officers from the UPRR,
BNSF Railway, California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles Police Department,
LAPD Hazmat and Port of Los Angeles Police were on hand to
participate on motorcycles and in cars.
after the briefing,
the special train arrived. As soon as the train began its work,
the officers deployed ahead of the train to their targeted highway rail
Below left, a tractor has just run under the descending gates at Harry
S. Bridges Boulevard.
Below, truck and vehicular traffic on the S. Avalon Blvd grade crossing.
Below, a Los Angeles Port Police unit
has pulled an SUV over on A Street.
Further along up the road, the special train is about to cross Figuroa
Street. Below right, UPRR PD Officer Jorge Villaescusa is issuing
a citation to a blue van.