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Torcer Curve was a unique piece of trackage located on the Southern Pacific west of Sierra Blanca, Texas.  Engineers from Sanderson had to negotiate this almost perfect circle on their trips to and from El Paso.  A famous West Texas story from World War I days tells of a passenger conductor on a troop train pointing out the local sites.  As they came into the curve the conductor called attention to the rising moon on the horizon on one side of he train.  As the train rounded the curve he pointed out the moon from the other side of the train and made the comment, "Texas is so big, it has two moons."
View of Torcer Curve shortly before realignment in the 1950s.