Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - Kevin Key Photography - San Diego, California
Galaxy Railroad

Galaxy Railroad

The Milky Way over Dos Cabezas siding in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

There were 30-40 MPH winds when I shot this. II stitched together 23 overlapping vertical frames to make this panorama. Each frame was shot at 25 sec f/2.8 ISO 3200. Some light pollution from El Centro provided just enough ambient light to show off the water tower, telegraph booth, and train tracks here.

The San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway Company is a short-line American railroad originally founded in 1906 as the San Diego & Arizona Railway (SD&A) by sugar heir, developer, and entrepreneur John D. Spreckels. Dubbed "The Impossible Railroad" by many engineers of its day due to the immense logistical challenges involved, the line was established in part to provide San Diego with a direct rail link to the east by connecting with the Southern Pacific Railroad lines in El Centro, California. The SD&A's 146.4-mile (235.61 km) route originates in San Diego, California and terminates in El Centro, California.

The company took over the SD&A's operations in February 1933 after financial troubles led John Spreckels' descendants to sell their interests in the railroad to the Southern Pacific. Through the years natural disasters and vandalism rendered sections of the line unserviceable, and portions of the line have been sold to various interests.