Crossing international border at Mexico

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Crossing international border at Mexico

Postby toberborgan » Sat Aug 04, 2007 9:28 pm

Whats involved in the cross from the USA to Mexico in terms of operations? crews, trains, dispatcher info etc. do they have a VACIS' at the crossings?

Postby kickum » Sun Aug 05, 2007 10:05 am

Whats a VACIS?

Postby Rockin' Roller » Sun Aug 05, 2007 6:08 pm

Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System.
Rockin' Roller

Postby kickum » Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:51 pm

Basically what happens is a hauler job takes trains from the Laredo yard to the international bridge. The KCS crew pulls half way across the bridge, gets off, and the KCSM crew gets on. There is a X-ray machine on the US side to check every inbound train as well as custom officials on both sides. Trains are inspected in the Laredo yard with dogs and special agents. All trains out of Laredo are stopped and inspected in route at a specific location.

Postby toberborgan » Tue Aug 07, 2007 2:48 pm

are trains going from the US into mexico inspected? thanks for the info so far

Postby kickum » Tue Aug 07, 2007 3:18 pm

yes on the Mexico side

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