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I went to Mexico several times in the late 70s and the early 80s. to take pictures of trains. I can help a little bit, I'm no expert.

One of the neat things about going to Mexico during that time was it was like going back in time to the 60s or earlier. Most of the passenger equipment came form the US. Pullman cars were on several trains along with many open window cars, old diners, and about anytype of car the US didn't want anymore.

I don't recall any steam engines being active during that time period. There were a lot of locomotives built by American Locomotive Company and these locos had a reputation of belching out long streams of black smoke. Much blacker than steam engines. It was a real sight to see.

That would make the most since from your desciption. I hope that helps

David
 
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