Welcome to the Pacific Southwest Region
The PSR has four Divisions which fill a map of the true South Western United States. We enjoy the Pacific Ocean to the West and the mountains to the East. The Los Angeles Division includes Ventura and Palmdale to the North, and Clairemont to the East. The Cajon Division includes the chinook side of the Sierras; Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties in CA; and Southern Nevada (Las Vegas). San Diego covers the most Southern part of CA from the coast to the Colorado River. Arizona Division covers the State of Arizona. The area includes the lowest elevation in the US (- 248 feet MSL) and some of the highest in the 48 states. Mountains and deserts are the common scenes in the undeveloped areas.
Before the railroad mergers the area was served by Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, Santa Fe, and various small local rail carriers. The local museums maintain the history of the cement, metal and coal mining, citrus groves, steel and aluminum smelting, cattle, lumber, aerospace, and hydroelectric development. All of these human activities included extensive use of rail services. Currently, the Port of Los Angeles serves as the major gateway to the Pacific Rim and thousands of rail containers are dispatched or received every day. Our geographic area includes Cajon Pass, and the major eastbound lines of the UP and BNSF railroads through Arizona.