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updated: January 9, 2011
Cajon Pass Photo Collection 5/12
I am very pleased to show some exclusive photos of these photographers:
Don E. Toles (DET), Gary G. Gray (GGG), Marc Fournier (MF).
Guest Photographers: Robin Scanes (RS), New Zealand, Paul Westover (PW), Dave Tomeraasen (DT),
Keith Schreiber (KS), Bob Widholm (BW), USA, Ruedi Schai (RUS), Switzerland
A big thank you for sharing these excellent pictures with us.
Note: The copyright belongs to these gentlemen. Do not use any photos without written permission.
|MF 12/18/10 BNSF 6631 WB Christmas Train 2010 at WSI (West Summit Island) on MT-1 - 402|
New for 2010: Photos are sorted by date (not by
location): oldest are on top and newest at the bottom - just
Some photos were taken at one of these locations below (we usually mention the place of the photo):
Dagget, Barstow, Victorville/Narrows, Frost/Crossover, Hesperia, Lugo/Martinez, Summit, West Summit Island, Silverwood, Hill 582 Area, Alray/Tunnel Area, CP Walker/Davis Ranch Road, Mormon Rocks/Stein's Hill/Pine Lodge/HWY 138, Sullivan's Curve, Cajon Station/Junction, Graffiti Bridge, Swarthout Canyon Road Crossing, Blue Cut, Lower Canyon, San Bernardino, Colton Yard
Abbreviations found on this page: EB = East Bound, NB = North Bound, SB = South Bound, WB = West Bound, MT-1 = BNSF Main Track 1, MT-2 = BNSF Main Track 2, MT-3 = BNSF Main Track 3, UPT = UP Colton-Palmdale Cutoff Track, MP = Mile Post, DRR = Davis Ranch Road, DPU = Distributed Power Unit (Helpers), SC = Sullivan's Curve, SWC = Swarthout Canyon Road Crossing, WSI = West Summit Island, KCR = Kemper Campbell Ranch, JAC-BAR = San Jacinto to Barstow Train
For bigger size photos - please click on the 3-digit number below each photo (the first letters specify the photographer)..
|Hill 582 = MP 58.2X This is the "Oasis" for the Railfans (See also - The History of Hill 582 - click here)|
|DET 1/05/10 BNSF 7247 EB new MP 58 - 001||GGG 1/15/10 UP 7111 EB at Hill 582 - 002||GGG 1/15/10 The engines just passed the Hill - 003|
|Barstow West "D" Yard MP 2|
Last Thursday, Feb 4, Marc and I (Gary) drove up to Barstow. Along Rt 66 we noticed miles of new wooden ties laying alongside the South track. Of course, closer to Barstow there were numerous pieces of MOW equipment working on the tie replacement project. Why wooden ties ??
On the return trip we stopped just RR West of the BNSF West "D" yard to watch the orchestration for single track running.
Photo 004: BNSF 5125 + eight WB in a lite engine move. Photos 005 - 006: Also, BNSF 7477 West with a very "sick" second unit departed the D yard. NOTE: The train to the left is also WB on the Cajon Sub ---The coal train in the background evidently was to go WB on the Mojave Sub. Photo 007: BNSF 7477 WB passes the light engine move and will shortly switch to the South Main in front of BNSF 5125. Photo 008: The lite engine move pulls up behind BNSF 7477 awaiting BNSF 7430 EB to clear ---- image 009.
|GGG 2/04/10 BNSF 5125 WB - 004||GGG 2/04/10 BNSF 7477 WB - 005||GGG 2/04/10 The 2nd unit's engine is "sick" - 006|
|GGG 2/04/10 BNSF WB pass the lite units - 007||GGG 2/04/10 The lite engines are moving - 008||GGG 2/04/10 Lite engines on hold - 009|
|Mormon Rocks / Highway 138 and Hill 582|
|DET 2/17/10 UP WB crossing Hwy 138 - 010||DET 2/17/10 UP DPU WB at of train - 011||DET 2/17/10 AT # 3 WB on MT3 Hill 582 - 012|
|DET 2/17/10 BNSF WB 12 Lite Engines H582 - 013||DET 2/17/10 Passing under signal bridge H582 014||DET 2/17/10 BNSF 7693 EB on MT-3 uphill - 032|
|DET 1/28/10 BNSF 7279 EB Hill 582 - 026||DET 1/28/10 BNSF 7547 EB w/snowy peaks - 027||DET 2/17/10 UP 7813 EB on MT-1 - 028|
|DET 2/17/10 BNSF 7309 EB entering SC - 029||DET 2/17/10 UP 8480 WB on BNSF MT-2 - 030||DET 2/17/10 UP 7722 EB on BNSF MT-1 - 031|
|different Locations between MP 57 and MP 59|
|DET 3/26/10 UP 1989 NB at MP 57.2 - 053||DET 3/26/10 EMD SD70ACe close up - 054||DET 3/29 UP-RG Heritage Unit pass Hill 582 - 055|
|DET 3/26/10 BNSF 7723 EB at MP 57.2 - 056||DET 3/26/10 Empty Ethanol (Bomb) Train - 057||DET 3/17/10 BNSF Research & Test Cars EB - 058|
|DET 3/17/10 BNSF EB passing Hill 582 - 059||DET 3/26/10 BNSF 7258 WB former T-2 area - 060||DET 3/26/10 Same train, same place (Alray) - 061|
|DET 3/26/10 BNSF 7518 EB at MP 57.75 - 062||DET 3/26/10 BNSF 7427 EB on MT3, MP 57.2 063||DET 3/26/10 BNSF WB at MP 57 - 064|
|Frost MP 38 and Flyover MP 39.1|
|GGG 2/19/10 BNSF 4001 WB at Frost - 065||GGG 2/19/10 BNSF 7250 WB - 066||GGG 2/19/10 BNSF 7485 WB - 067|
|At Frost, BNSF tracks pass through the Kemper Campbell Ranch (KCR) and there we can even find some "wildlife" during railfaning!|
|RS 2/19/10 Texas Long Horn at KCR - 068||GGG 2/19/10 Geese at KCR - 069||GGG 2/19/10 UP 7650 EB at flyover MP 39.1 - 070|
|Summit - MP 57.2 - MP 58.2 (Hill 582) - West of Davis Ranch Road|
|MF 4/06/10 SBCO Fire Truck is stuck - 071||MF 4/06/10 Looking for help - 072||MF 4/06/10 The bulldozer solved the problem - 073|
|The local Fire Dept (SBCO - San Bernaardino County) was doing some Cajon familiarization runs, in preparation for the upcoming fire season, when they became very familiar with one of the hazards of Cajon. It helps if you have access to a Bulldozer.|
|MF 4/07/10 BNSF WB 12 units lite MP 57.2 - 074||RS 2/25/10 Hill 582 seen from the signal bridge 075||RS 2/20/10 Hill 582 seen from UP track - 076|
|DET 4/09/10 BNSF 7303 EB Hill 582 - 077||DET 4/09/10 End of train w/CA Poppies - 078||DET 4/13/10 BNSF 7804 WB MT-3 at Hill 582 - 079|
|DET 4/07/10 BNSF 7641 EB near DRR - 080||DET 4/09/10 BNSF 7290 EB on MT-1 - 081||DET 4/09/10 Same train West of DRR - 082|
|DET 4/19/10 BNSF 7787 EB MP 62 - 083||DET 4/19/10 Same train & location - 084||DET 4/19/10 BNSF 7787 WB Nasty Knoll - 085|
|DET 4/06/10 BNSF 7309 EB Sullivans MT-1 - 086||DET 4/07/10 BNSF 7324 EB Sullivans MT-2 - 088||DET 4/07/10 Same train getting closer - 087|
|Frost (K-C Ranch) MP 38|
|GG 5/02/10 BNSF 5089 WB at Frost MP 38 - 090||GGG 5/02/10 Same double stack train - 091||GG 5/02/10 BNSF 7605 WB another dbl stack - 092|
|GGG 5/02/10 UP 5500 EB - 093||GGG 5/02/10 UP EB meets BNSF 7605 WB - 094||GG 5/02/10 BNSF 7727 EB (5 locos & 20 cars) - 095|
|SWC - Alray (former T-1 and T-2 area)|
|DET 4/19/10 BNSF 7460 EB at SWC - 096||DET 4/19/10 BNSF 7460 at T-2 area - 097||DET 4/19/10 UP 5396 NB above BNSF train - 098|
|DET 4/19/10 BNSF 7469 DPU on BNSF - 099||DET 4/09/10 BNSF 7446 WB lite T-1 area - 100||DET 4/09/10 BNSF 5088 EB T-2 area - 101|
May 8th and 9th, 2010 San Bernardino Railroad Days
& Bicentennial Celebration
The San Bernardino History & Railroad Museum, the San Bernardino Historical & Pioneer Society, the City of San Bernardino, the San Bernardino Bicentennial Committee, in conjunction with Amtrak's National Train Day on May 8th, will host San Bernardino Railroad Days, at the historic Santa Fe San Bernardino Depot. Railroad displays will include a new BNSF locomotive, Metrolink train, (hopefully to include one of the new cab cars), historic private passenger cars including: Ex CN Business car "Tioga Pass," ex SP lounge "Overland Trail," ex CP baggage "Pony Express," ex CB&Q dome-diner-lounge "Silver Splendor, and former Santa Fe Steam Locomotive No. 3751. There will also be historic fire apparatus and vehicles including: 1890 San Bernardino horse drawn hose wagon, 1905 horse drawn steam pumper, 1910 Pope-Hartford, (from San Bernardino), additional modern fire trucks from San Bernardino and surrounding communities are expected. There will also be a 1931 Arrowhead water truck, Queil Bros 1939 boom truck, Crafton Dairy Divco milk truck, 1931 U.S. Post Office Dept Ford delivery van, 1917 Dodge military rail car, 1917 FWD military transport, 1932 Ford tow truck, 1958 Omni-Trans bus, new Amtrak Thruway Bus, 1938 City refuse truck, and other historic vehicles. Model railroads will include; Pacific Coast Modular HO Club, Inland Empire Modular HO Club, N-Track Express, ZoCal Z Scale Club, Bill Martinez's O Scale Route 66 layout and Ken Seipp's wonderful circus layout. The OERM Harvey Girls along with Women in Railroading will be set up inside the depot waiting room. There will be railroadiana for sale, apparel, model railroad equipment, food, music, fun!
About the Steam Excursion:
While waiting for ATSF 3751 to arrive from LA, Marc and several hundred others crowded on the Mt Vernon Bridge-just West of the Depot-looking WEST.
Afterwards, Paul sends some beautiful detail shots of ATSF 3751 and finally, Dave sends some of the other events and exhibits at the Depot.
Thank you guys for documenting this event (GGG)
|MF 5/08/10 BNSF 7464 EB at Mt. Vernon Ave - 108||MF 5/08/10 Metrolink 889 at Mt. Vernon Ave - 109||MF 5/08/10 Metrolink 865-866 storage - 110|
|MF 5/08/10 ATSF 3751 on the Flyover - 111||MF 5/08/10 ATSF 3751 w/Metrolink helper - 112||MF 5/08/10 Excursion train w/4 cars - 113|
|MF 5/08/10 Passing double stack train - 114||MF 5/08/10 Rolling over the switches - 115||MF 5/08/10 and will pass under Mt. Vernon Ave - 116|
|MF 5/08/10 Arrival at the Depot - 117||PW 5/08/10 ATSF 3751 4-8-4 beauty - 118||PW 5/08/10 Looks great and impressive - 119|
|DT 5/08/10 New Metrolink Bi-Level Car - 120||DT 5/08/10 BNSF 7412 on display - 121||DT 5/08/10 Old Fire Trucks on parade - 122|
|DT 5/08/10 History comes back - today - 123||DT 5/08/10 1958 Omni-Trans Bus - 124||DT 5/08/10 New Amtrak California Thruway Bus - 125|
|diff. Locations (SWC / Hill 582 / Alray - former Tunnels)|
126 - 127: BNSF leases SD70MACs to Ferromex - Published:
Friday, May 14, 2010 (Trains magazine).
Ferromex has leased 40 EMD SD70MACs from BNSF Railway for four months beginning at the end of April. According to BNSF spokeswoman Suann Lundsberg, after being inspected by Ferromex personnel at BNSF's Alliance, Neb., shop, the units were routed in five groups to Mexico via Denver; Amarillo, Texas; Belen, N.M.; and through to El Paso, Texas, for interchange. The 5,000 mile Ferromex system began operating in 1998 after the privatization of Mexico's rail system.
|DET 4/30/10 BNSF SB on UP at SWC - 126||DET 4/30/10 BNSF 9506 SB - 127||DET 4/13/10 UP 7796 EB at Hill 582 - 128|
128 - 129: Owner: US Army Number: USAX 6004, Built:
May 10, 2006 Serial Number: ?
Hybrid History: Canadian Pacific 1702 (2006-2007) Converted at: Alstom (former CPR) Calgary, AB shops. US Army 6004 (May 2007-present). Donor Unit: CP 1552 (GMD GP9u) Built: 1955. Build No.: A704 Frame No.: C187-?
Unit History: CP 8506:1 (GMD GP9, rebuilt in 1983). Canadian Pacific 1552 (GP9u). CP 1702 (GG20B) sold to Railpower Jan 07. USAX 6004 (Resold in mid-2007). CP 1702 sold by Railpower to US Army as USAX 6004. From Canadian Railway Observations May 2007 edition. From other information, unit is to be deployed at Fort Bliss, TX (near El Paso.).
|DET 4/13/10 UP EB w/US Army 6004 - 129||GGG 2/20/10 BNSF EB from I-15 lookout - 130||DET 4/26/10 BNSF EB former T-2 area - 131|
|GGG 2/25/10 UP 7877 EB at Alray - 132||DET 4/30/10 BNSF 5161 EB at former tunnels - 133||DET 4/26/10 BNSF 7202 EB T-2 area - 134|
|Hill 582 - SWC|
|DET 4/22/10 BNSF 7329 WB at Hill 582 - 135||DET 4/23/10 BNSF 7430 EB blooming bushes - 136||DET 4/22/10 Blooming cactus on Hill 582 - 137|
|DET 4/22/10 BNSF 7543 EB blooming bushes - 138||DET 4/22/10 New benches on Hill 582 - 139||GGG 2/25/10 BNSF 6618 EB on MT-1 - 140|
|RS 2/20/10 BNSF 5205 WB at SWC - 141||GGG 2/20/10 BNSF 5205 WB at RR-xing - 142||GGG 2/20/10 BNSF 7603 WB at SWC - 143|
|from CP Walker to former Tunnel area, to Hill 582 and Silverwood|
|DET 5/14/10 UP 5256 EB at CP Walker - 144||DET 5/14/10 BNSF 5173 EB at former T-1 - 145||GGG 6/02/10 BNSF 7218 EB seen from the Hill - 146|
|GGG 6/02/10 BNSF 7391 EB Hill 582 curve - 147||DET 5/14/10 Larry da Lizard on Hill 582 - 148||DET 5/14/10 UP 5485 NB Silverwood - 149|
|Photo 148: Hill 582 including the newly discovered Blue throated, Silver Backed Fly catcher -- (Cajonis Hungryis Lizardis) -- and he sure got a nickname: Larry da Lizzard.|
Photos 150, 151, 196-2: Last Wed (6(02/10), Don, Keith and I hosted Werner and Melinda Meer and their friend Steve (Switzerland) on Hill 582. As you may know, Werner owns the Web Site where he so graciously posts our thousands of Cajon Pictures.
Before the meet on 582, Werner and Steve hired a Cessna and pilot for a photographic mission over Cajon. Photos 203 - 211: Here are just 9 photos taken from the air. In the meantime, all 120 aerial photos are online on a separate page. Here is the link for all aerials: click here
|GGG 6/02/10 Flight over Hill 582 - 150||GGG 6/02/10 Werner & Steve inside - 151||WM 6/02/10 Hill 582 as seen from the air - 196-2|
|WM 6/02/10 BNSF Flyover at Frost MP39.1 - 203||WM 6/02/10 BNSF EB will pass under Flyover - 204||WM 6/02/10 BNSF seen from the other side - 205|
|WM 6/02/10 Upper Narrows (left KC Ranch) - 206||WM 6/02/10 Mojave Narrows Regional Park - 207||WM 6/02/10 BNSF WB is waiting at the signal - 208|
|WM 6/02/10 Upper Narrows Victorville - 209||WM 6/02/10 BNSF EB pass the Narrows - 210||WM 6/02/10 BNSF Mojave River bridge MP34.1 - 211|
|GGG 6/02/10 Delayed AMT 9 WB - 153||GGG 6/02/10 Rear end of SW Chief - 154||GGG 6/02/10 AMT WB & BNSF EB - 155|
|GGG 6/02/10 BNSF 7216 EB at Hill 582 - 156||GGG 6/02/10 BNSF 7603 EB Ethanol train - 157||GGG 6/02/10 UP 7697 EB mixed freight - 158|
|KS 6/02/10 Don w/sign - yes, we sure do! - 161||KS 6/02/10 Werner w/blue Werner trailer - 163||KS 6/02/10 Gary and Don on Hill 582 - 164|
|Photos 165 - 170: After the Swiss visitors, we got our friends from Great Britain. So, Don, Bruce and I hosted Colin Marsden and Nathan Williamson (GB) last Friday (6/11/10) on Hill 582. Loads of laughs but very few trains. GGG|
|GGG 6/11/10 Gary, Don, Bruce, Nathan, Colin 165||GGG 6/11/10 UP 7646 EB on UPT - 166||GGG 6/11/10 BNSF 6606 EB (ES44C4 A1A) - 167|
|GGG 6/11/10 UP 4566 NB + BNSF 7545 EB - 168||GGG 6/11/10 Same trains "racing" uphill - 169||GGG 6/11/10 DET departs the "easy" way - 170|
|GGG 6/25/10 BNSF 5095 WB on MT-3 - 171||GGG 6/25/10 BNFS Track Geometry Train - 172||GGG 6/25/10 BNSF 7473 WB bare table - 173|
|GGG 6/24/10 BNSF 7521 WB 11 Lite Engines 174||GGG 6/25/10 BNSF 7238 EB Hill 582 - 175||GGG 6/25/10 BNSF 7725 WB at WSI on MT-3 - 176|
|GGG 6/24/10 BNSF 7583 WB at KCR - 177||GGG 6/25/10 BNSF 7852 Cushenbury Local - 178||GGG 6/25/10 Heading for Lucerne Valley - 179|
Last Tuesday (7/06/10), BNSF moved 30 stored dash-8 locomotives from Commerce Yard (LA) to Barstow for further storage --- all units were in the BNSF 800 series. The stated reason, according to TO, is that the Commerce space is needed to reactivate some business interests within the Yard.
These photos 189 - 191 are truly "GRAB SHOTS" taken from just south of the Hesperia Airport and nearly into the sun. Chasing the train was impossible since it was running 2 X 2 with 26 dead units in tow --- track speed all the way. You will, however, get the idea of something seldom seen. GGG
|GGG 7/06/10 BNSF 7742 w/29 units EB - 189||GGG 7/06/10 Location is near Hesperia Airport 190||GGG 7/06/10 The old SF unit needs a repaint? - 191|
|Photos 212 - 220: From CP Walker, former Tunnel area (Alray), Hill 582 to Silverwood by Don E. Toles|
|DET 5/11/10 UP 5256 EB at CP Walker - 212||DET 5/11/10 BNSF 5173 EB at T-1 area - 213||DET 7/07/10 BNSF 7826 EB at T-2 area - 214|
|DET 7/07/10 UP/RG 1989 NB on UPT - 215||DET 5/11/10 UP 5365 EB above tunnel area - 216||DET 5/11/10 UP 5365 EB on UPT - 217|
|DET 5/14/10 AMT 23 on WB AMT #3 Hill 582 - 218||DET 5/14/10 BNSF 6616 EB near MP57X - 219||DET 5/14/10 UP 5489 NB at CP Silverwood - 220|
Bob Widholm & son Wiley (San Diego) camped on WSI last week (July 10) and send:
Photos 221-222: BNSF 7418 leads 26 dash 8 units DIT (Dead in Tow) to Barstow. We understand that some or all of these units will go to Canadian National RR. The power for the move was 2X2 - -. Photo 223: BNSF 4690 leads a very late AMT #3 WB at West Summit Island.
|BW 7/20/10 BNSF 7418 w/26 Dash-8 locos - 221||BW 7/20/10 Consist is on the way to Barstow - 222||BW 7/20/10 Delayed AMT #3 w/BNSF helper - 223|
Photos 224 - 225: BNSF 7700 leads remote control BN 3119 WB (GP-50) WB past Hill 582. Photos 226 - 227: BNSF 7454 with BRAND NEW BNSF 7899 as #4 in the consist. All photos by GGG from Hill 582.
|GGG 7/23/10 BNSF 7700 WB - 224||GGG 7/23/10 BN 3119 (GP50) - 225||GGG 7/23/10 BNSF 7454 WB, UP NB above - 226|
|GGG 7/23/10 Brand new BNSF 7899 - 227||GGG 7/23/10 One of the last CNW OLS is WB - 228||GGG 7/23/10 "Lite" Engine move WB on MT-2 - 229|
|GGG 8/06/10 BNSF 7579 EB TOFC - 231||GGG 8/06/10 UP 5391 NB very dirty on UPT - 232||GGG 8/06/10 UP 5920 EB on MT-1 - 233|
|GGG 8/06/10 UP 7417 WB DBS on MT-2 - 234||GGG 8/06/10 UP 7723 WB DPU single level - 235||GGG 8/06/10 UP 7719 WB DBS on MT-2 - 236|
knew that the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus train was
scheduled to leave Anaheim CA for Oakland CA early that morning. I
was in hopes that the train was late --- but three hours late was probably
impossible. While driving up I-15 near Hwy 138, I looked over to the west
and there was the train in question NB on the UP/SP at Sullivan's Curve.
After a few semi-safe turns, we got onto the Baldy Mesa fire road and the
USFS road above the UP and headed up to the old Tunnels area. GGG
Train Power and train information from Train Orders:
August 9: BLUE UNIT TRAIN-RUN from Anaheim to Oakland CA, via TEHACHAPI LOOP
Power: UP 4810, UP 3912, and UP 5553, - 61 Cars, - 4,490 Tons (when fully loaded), - 5,409 Feet (WITHOUT host RR's power attached; 1 mile = 5,280 feet)
BLUE UNIT -- 140th Edition -- now in the 1st half of its 2-year tour.
|GGG 8/09/10 Just above former tunnel 1 area - 237||GGG 8/09/10 UP 4810 NB Circus Train - 238||GGG 8/09/10 On the way to Oakland, CA - 239|
|GGG 8/09/10 Lots of diff. pass. cars - 240||GGG 8/09/10 Many trailers - 241||GGG 8/09/10 End of train w/crew bus - 242|
|DET 8/09/10 UP 6549 SB, above T-1 area - 243||DET 8/09/10 Circus train NB pass Hill 582 - 244||GGG 8/13/10 BNSF 5119 EB track level - 245|
|After lunch with Marc, Don & Don's newphew David I started home to see the smoke cloud from the Mojave River Bed (photos 246 - 248). A good job by the Apple Valley & Victorville Fire Depts prevented any damage to the KC Ranch and the BNSF. GGG|
|GGG 8/13/10 Frost w/EB train at left - 246||GGG 8/13/10 Heavy clouds from fire - 247||GGG 8/13/10 Helicopter takes water - 248|
On Saturday, September 4, 2010, a UP officers special came through WB pulled by UP 2010 --- The Boy Scouts of America 100 year anniversary unit. Marc and I went to the hill overlooking the flyover at MP 39.1 to get the attached photos. GGG
|GGG 9/04/10 UP 2010 WB officers special - 270||GGG 9/04/10 On the flyover MP 39.1 - 271||GGG 9/04/10 UP 2010 GE C45ACCTE - 272|
|Hill 582 got 2 new flag poles, facing to the North side and to be seen well from BNSF Main1 & Main 2 (also from UPT).|
|DET 8/18/10 BNSF 7743 WB on MT-3 - 285||DET 8/23/10 Flag pole construction w/UP train 286||DET 8/23/10 BNSF 7512 EB w/left flag pole - 290|
|DET 8/23/10 BNSF 7512 EB w/right flag pole - 291||DET 8/23/10 UP-MP 1982 NB on UPT - 292||DET 8/23/10 UP (SP) AC4400 SB on UPT - 293|
|GGG 9/06/10 The Hilltender in action - 273||GGG 9/06/10 View from East side - 274||GGG 9/06/10 View from West side - 275|
|GGG 9/06/10 BNSF EB on MT-2 - 276||GGG 9/06/10 Looking North - 277||GGG 9/06/10 BNSF 7456 EB at MP 56.6 - 278|
|GGG 9/10/10 US and UP flags welcome UP - 279||GGG 9/10/10 SoCal Cajon Mafia Group - 280||GGG 9/10/10 Looking South from I-15 - 281|
|GGG 9/10/10 UP NB train on UPT - 282||GGG 9/10/10 UP-WP 1983 close up - 283||GGG 9/10/10 BNSF 7247 EB at Alray - 284|
|GGG 9/17/10 UP 5514 WB on BNSF MT-2 - 294||GGG 9/17/10 UP rear end DPU's for 5514 - 295||GGG 9/17/10 UP 5735 EB on BNSF MT-1 - 296|
|GGG 9/17/10 UP EB below + UP train above - 297||GGG 9/17/10 UP/SP 6529 in between - 298||GGG 9/17/10 UP 5439 NB on UPT - 299|
|GGG 9/17/10 BNSF 7538 WB on MT-3 - 300||GGG 9/17/10 BNSF 7519 EB before Hill 582 - 301||GGG 9/17/10 BNSF EB locos passed the Hill - 302|
As most know, BNSF has purchased the newly developed GE ES44C4. The new unit has six axles however only four are powered --- the middle axle in each truck being an idler. Also, the unit is equipped to raise the idler axle once the unit reaches 15? MPH. Turns out that every BNSF train we saw on Cajon last Friday (10/08/10) had, at least, one 6600 unit in the consist. In Picture 316, please note the equipment needed to raise the middle (idler) axle. GGG
More info on this link (Page 5): http://www.newslink.com/pubs/BARS/BARS0906.pdf
|GGG 10/08/10 BNSF 6647 WB Hill 582 - 315||GGG 10/08/10 BNSF 6647 (see text above) - 316||GGG 10/08/10 BNSF 6621 DPU's for 6647 - 317|
|GGG 10/08/10 BNSF 4095 WB w/BNSF 6613 - 318||GGG 10/08/10 BNSF WB meets 6604 EB - 319||GGG 10/08/10 BNSF 7592 w/6614 (#4) - 320|
2010 edition of the BARSTOW FLYER ran last weekend (Oct 16/17, 2010). This
year, the excursion ran from LA to Barstow on Saturday. On Sunday, it ran
from Barstow to Kelso CA and returned to LA. Here are some infos about the
Barstow Flyer - click
Here are a few taken from "Gray's Hill" --- the Hill overlooking the flyover at BNSF Cajon Sub MP 39.1 on Sunday late afternoon.
Thanks to Dave Tomeraasen who rode the train and provided "heads up" information as to location.
|GGG 10/17/10 UP EB "Manned Helpers" - 321||GGG 10/17/10 Barstwo Flyer WB - 322||GGG 10/17/10 Rolling over the Flyover - 323|
|GGG 10/17/10 GE Dash8-32BWH Amtrak - 324||GGG 10/17/10 Sorry, could not turn the sun! - 325||GGG 10/17/10 Tioga Pass Observation - 326|
|BNSF 4193 is EB on the Cushenbury --- Toward Lucerne Valley and the mineral mines -- -sorry about the back lighting. GGG|
|GGG 10/08/10 BNSF 4193 EB - 333||GGG 10/08/10 BNSF 7720 faded paint - 334||GGG 10/08/10 BNSF 4193 EB - 335|
Photos 330 - 331: Badly faded BNSF 7719 leads BNSF 153 (GP60M -- looking almost new) WB at Hill 582. Many of the three+ year old 7700's are badly faded --- poor paint or really harsh cleaning chemicals --- or both ? ? GGG
|GGG 10/13/10 BNSF 7719 WB - 330||GGG 10/13/10 BNSF 153 = GP60M - 331||GGG 10/13/10 BNSF 6642 EB ES44C-4 - 332|
|GGG 10/29/10 UP 5373 NB on UPT - 336||GGG 10/29/10 Same train w/famous rocks - 337||GGG 10/29/10 BNSF 7254 EB on MT-1 - 338|
339: UP at Swarthout Canyon Road. Photos 340 - 341: Victorville Narrows
Rocks at Frost (Kemper Campbell Ranch)
11/03/10 Photos 393 - 395: BNSF WB train at Frost w/7 locos up fromt and 2 locos at the rear end.
|GGG 10/29/10 UP 5394 SB at SWC - 339||GGG 10/29/10 UP 7917 WB at Frost - 340||GGG 10/29/10 UP 7917 getting closer - 341|
|GGG 11/03/10 BNSF 7767 WB at Frost - 393||GGG 11/03/10 Same WB train w/7 locos - 394||GGG 11/03/10 BNSF 7744 DPU's for 7767 WB - 395|
|from Alray (Tunnel-1) to the signals at Hill 582|
|MF 12/05/10 BNSF 7875/7588 DPU's EB Alray 396||MF 12/05/10 Same DPU's at former Tunnel 1 - 397||MF 12/05/10 Same train under signal bridge - 398|
|MF 12/05/10 Last view of this EB train Hill 582 - 399||MF 12/05/10 BNSF 7892 DPU's WB at Hill 582 400||MF 12/05/10 UP 5103 EB on MT-1 - 401|
Mojave River - Victorville, CA
We know that many of you live in places where there is REAL weather and that several Californians on this list have seen much more rain than our high desert - HOWEVER - Since High Desert averages 3-6 inches of rain/year, receiving five inches of rain in a couple of days qualifies as an event. Our own "MAD" Marc Fournier braved the elements today (12/22/10) to photograph the storm and the railroading through it.
|MF 12/22/10 Mojave River from Bear Valley Rd 403||MF 12/22/10 Bear Valley Road Bridge - 404||MF 12/22/10 Mojave River from Rainbow Bridge - 405|
|MF 12/22/10 UP 8647 EB pass Upper Norrows 406||MF 12/22/10 same UP EB entering Victorville - 407||MF 12/22/10 UP 7383 DPU for 8647 EB - 408|
|MF 12/22/10 Mojave River Bridges MP 34.1 - 409||MF 12/22/10 BNSF 7753 EB MP 34.1 - 410||MF 12/22/10 BNSF EB crossing Mojave River - 411|
|125th Anniversary of Cajon Railroading at the San Bernardino Depot|
It's difficult to realize that 25 years ago Chard Walker, Laura and I (GGG) boarded a special (San Berdoo-Barstow-San Berdoo) to commemorate 100 years of ATSF Railroading over Cajon Pass. Last Saturday (11/13/10), BNSF and the San Bernardino History Society & Railroad Museum put on a GREAT show at the SB Depot to celebrate the 125th anniversary of CAJON railroading. BNSF had all kinds of MOW, Signal, Police, Dispatching equipment and personnel available. Also, BNSF provided bus tours of their Intermodal Facility. Naturally, Marc & I had to attend and the result can be seen below:
Photo 374: The preserved Santa Fe shops Smoke Stack --- all that's left of the old ATSF San Bernardino Shops. Photo 375: Stacked (to save space) container chassis. Photo 376: Always wondered what machine stacked the chassis - question answered. (GGG)
|ED 11/13/10 BNSF Event Poster - 369||ED 11/13/10 Event Poster by Joe Perry - 370||GGG 11/13/10 Event Banner on BNSF 7350 - 371|
|GGG 11/13/10 BNSF 1303 Genset SB Depot - 372||GGG 11/13/10 BNSF 7350 ES44DC SB Depot 373||GGG 11/13/10 Santa Fe Stack Intermodal Yrd - 374|
|MF 11/13/10 Cont. Chassis at IM Yard - 375||GGG 11/13/10 Chassis Lift - 376||MF 11/13/10 Container Lift at IM Yard - 377|
Photos 378 - 380:These BNSF Gensets were rebuilt from GN SD-40's. They have a bank of batteries on the frame which are charged/recharged by the three diesel engines under the long hood. The diesels operate only as needed to keep the batteries charged. BNSF calls then 3GS21C --- 3G = 3 Generators --- S21 = ???? --- C = 6 axle. They can be controlled by an on-board engineer or remotely. Weight, as I remember, is 350,000+ lbs. GGG
|MF 11/13/10 Gary posing in front of BNSF 1303 378||GGG 11/13/10 Cab of BNSF 1303 - 379||GGG 11/13/10 BNSF 1308 Genset - 380|
|GGG 11/13/10 BNSF 7575 EB at SB Depot - 381||GGG 11/13/10 BNSF 6643 WB at Colton - 382||GGG 11/13/10 Hyundai Cab Car for Metrolink - 383|
Photo 382: We wound up in Colton (just West of SB) as BNSF 6643 WB stopped for EB traffic. Photos 383 - 384: At the new Colton Metrolink repair & car cleaning facility, we saw some of the new Hyundai/Metrolink cars/cabcars -- still on flats.
Here you can get some pictures and infos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPCsKRj8SLI&NR=1
Photos 385 - 386: While returning to the High Desert on OLD Hwy 66, we caught BNSF 7742 EB with the empty ethanol train. GGG/MF
|GGG 11/13/10 New Metrolink Coach Car - 384||GGG 11/13/10 BNSF 7742 EB Ethanol Train - 385||GGG 11/13/10 We are at MP 63.4 - 386|
Below are none Cajon Pass Photos
|Dagget - where UP joins the BNSF main w/trackage rights|
|GGG 2/18/10 BNSF 7623 WB at Daggett - 020||GGG BNSF 7623 WB at West Barstow - 021||GGG UP 7608 SB from Yermo at Daggett - 022|
|RS 2/18/10 UP 7608 SB to WB BNSF tracks - 023||GGG UP 7446 SB to WB BNSF tracks - 024||RS UP 7446 SB entering BNSF main - 025|
|GGG 11/03/10 UP 6464 & 6777 WB at Yermo - 387||GGG 11/03/10 BNSF 7264 WB at Daggett - 388||GGG 11/03/10 BNSF 7416 EB pass WB - 389|
|GGG 11/03/10 BNSF 7416 EB at Daggett - 390||GGG 11/03/10 DPU's for 7416 EB - 391||GGG 11/03/10 BNSF 4018 WB at Daggett - 392|
I (GGG), for years, have wanted to visit Afton Cyn. The canyon is about 35 miles North East of Barstow -- and about four miles East of I-15. It contains both the Mojave River and the UP track running from Dagget-Yermo-Kelso and on to Las Vegas. Remember that the river runs from the mountains SE of Victorville NORTH to disappear underground near Baker, Ca. The Mojave River is usually dry but when the monsoon rains occur, it can become a raging desert torrent --- not to be toyed with. Despite all the warnings, Marc & I decided to go --- armed with soft drinks, water, hot & cool weather gear, and Subway Subs (Sandwiches). I was duly impressed with the off-road driving capabilities of Marc and his new Jeep and, in places, the cell phone actually worked.
We left I-15 on Afton Canyon Rd and drove to the campground --- but the road into the canyon dips into a hole which had 3+ Feet of water with fences to prevent detours. So, after seeing a UP EB siting nearby, we decided to return to I-15 and enter the Canyon from its North end --- Basin Road.
The colors, geology and erosion patterns were ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. In our four hours, we saw only three trains (great for the LA&SL) but the trip was well worth the effort. So, as we send this LONG series of pictures, I will include several of the area geology. (GGG + MF)
|GGG 11/03/10 UP 5531 EB Afton Cyn. Rd. - 342||GGG 11/03/10 UP 5531 EB at MP 196 - 343||GGG 11/03/10 Same train MP 196 before bridge 344|
|MF 11/03/10 UP EB rolling over bridges - 345||GGG 11/03/10 Close view of bridges - 346||MF 11/03/10 Heading East after the bridges - 347|
|GGG 11/03/10 Geology & Erosion at A Cyn - 348||GGG 11/03/10 These are mountains, not hills - 349||GGG 11/03/10 Colorful Afton Canyon - 350|
|GGG 11/03/10 UP 7830 WB MP 196 - 351||MF 11/03/10 UP 7830 pass the bridges - 352||GGG 11/03/10 Heading West thru Afton Cyn - 353|
|GGG 11/03/10 More photos of the fascinating. - 354||GGG 11/03/10 . . Geology & Erosion of these. - 355||GGG 11/03/10 . . diff. Rock formations - 356|
|GGG 11/03/10 Even we are inside the . . - 357||GGG 11/03/10 . . desert, there are bushes . . - 358||GGG 11/03/10 . . and wild life - 359|
Photos 360 - 361: About noon, we decided to find some shade and have some lunch. We drove over to the East side of the Canyon to an erosion area we named "the pinnacles". The closer we got, the taller they appeared. Photo 362: Marc walked over to the pinnacles to give some perspective --- We estimate them at 100+ feet. He quickly returned when we noticed the crack in the wall well above him. Photo 367: The MIGHTY Mojave River--although a trickle here, there was plenty of evidence of BIG-TIME flooding throughout the canyon. Photo 368: The UP Mojave River Bridge @ MP 192.2 (mid-canyon) --- This is the hill we plan to return to and just wait for a train ---- should be one heck of a shot. GGG/MF
|GGG 11/03/10 The Pinnacles of Afton Cyn - 360||GGG 11/03/10 Ready for lunch - 361||GGG 11/03/10 Marc at left w/Pinnacles - 362|
|GGG 11/03/10 your fearless explorers at rest - 363||GGG 11/03/10 UP 5511 WB - 364||GGG 11/03/10 UP 5511 WB double stack - 365|
|MF 11/03/10 UP WB w/Mid-Train DPU - 366||GGG 11/03/10 Mojave River - 367||GGG 11/03/10 Bridge MP 192.2 - 368|
|MF 2/19/10 BNSF EB Needles Subdivision - 015||MF 2/16/10 BNSF 1072 departing Needles - 016||MF 2/20/10 BNSF 4622 EB Needles Sub - 017|
|MF 2/16/10 BNSF WB departing Needles - 018||MF 2/20/10 Guard Dog w/Railfans vehicle - 019||MF 2/19/10 BNSF 7212 EB Needles Sub - 033|
|MF 2/19/10 BNSF 7256 WB Needles Sub - 034||MF 2/18/10 BNSF 7262 EB arriving Needles - 035||MF BNSF 7287 EB Needles Sub - 036|
|MF 2/19/10 BNSF 7340 EB - 038||MF 2/19/10 Same train getting closer - 037||MF 2/16/10 BNSF 7587 EB full throttle - 039|
|BNSF Seligman, AZ Subdivision|
Early this month (August 2010), Marc, Bob Widholm and Bob's son Wiley spent a week on the BNSF Seligman AZ sub. The attached are from Marc and were taken between Seligman and Belmont. Seligman once was a major auto gas/service stop on old Route 66 and a rather major location on the ATSF RR. I-40 bypassed the town and the railroad stopped local operations there in the 1980's.
Seligman Population: 456 residents (2000), Elevation: 5,242 feet, Area: 6.4 square miles.
Hottest month: July (average temperature is 91.1 degrees). Coldest month: December (average temperature is 22.6 degrees)
|MF 8/04/10 Seligman, AZ, Rt 66 + BNSF main 249||MF 8/04/10 BNSF Meet at Seligman - 250||MF 8/04/10 Campsite near BNSF tracks - 251|
|MF 8/09/10 Abandoned business on Rt 66 - 252||MF 8/04/10 BNSF meet W. Seligman MP432.2 253||MF 8/09/10 BNSF 5151 WB CP Maine - 254|
|MF 8/09/10 BNSF 7267 WB CP Maine - 255||MF 8/09/10 BNSF 7575 EB Chalander - 256||MF 8/06/10 BNSF Transcon near Maine - 257|
|MF 8/04/10 Campsite at Bellmont, AZ - 258||MF 8/04/10 BNSF 4929 EB MP 432.2 - 259||MF 8/10/10 BNSF 7512 WB Bellmont - 260|
|MF 8/04/10 BNSF WB Bellmont Seligman Sub 261||MF 8/04/10 Seligman from the clouds - 262||MF 8/04/10 WB over Cinder Pit Bellmont, AZ - 263|
|End of the year (2010) journey thru Arizona by Ruedi Schai (Switzerland)|
|RUS 12/21/10 UP intermodal Casa Grande - 412||RUS 12/21/10 Blades for windmills on flats - 413||RUS 12/21/10 Special load Casa Grande - 414|
|RUS 12/27/10 BNSF near Flagstaff - 415||RUS 12/27/10 BNSF meet near Flagstaff - 416||RUS 12/27/10 BNSF near Williams - 417|
|RUS 12/27/10 Same BNSF train near Williams 418||RUS 12/28/10 BNSF near Seligman - 419||RUS 12/28/10 BNSF intermodal near Antares - 420|
|A visit to the OERM - Orange Empire Railway Museum at Perris, CA|
Our friend Bobby Deren (A-300 Captain for UPS) often flies into the Ontario, CA Airport and always visits Hill 582. On his last trip, he mentioned that he had made reservations at OERM (http://www.oerm.org/) to "rent and drive" a diesel for an hour. He also mentioned that he could take a few guests. Naturally, I volunteered. So, Laura and I drove down to Perris CA -- just south of Riverside to partake. It was a fun morning "playing" the engineer.
Photos 180 - 185: The locomotive in use last Sat (7/03/10) was a 1942 ALCO RSD-1 --- OERM #1975. http://www.oerm.org/pages/other_railroads.htm
Photos 186 - 188: Naturally, we had to pay proper respect to the restored L. A. Railway Funeral Street Car Descanso --- in which Chard Walker spent his early days at Cajon. See here: http://www.oerm.org/pages/lary_descanso.html and here: http://www.trainmaster.ch/X-570.htm GGG
|GGG 7/03/10 - OERM ALCO RSD-1 built 1942 - 180||GGG 7/03/10 Bobby Deren in action - 181||GGG 7/03/10 Makes fun to be an engineer - 182|
|GGG 7/03/10 Gary Gray plays engineer - 183||GGG 7/03/10 Waiting for a green light - 184||GGG 7/03/10 RSD-1 coupled to SP coaches - 185|
|GGG 7/03/10 OERM Descanso - 186||GGG 7/03/10 GGG & BD in front of Descanso - 187||GGG 7/03/10 The Descanso payload bay - 188|
|Northern California (Feather River Canyon) and Oregon by Marc Fournier|
Marc Fournier went in late August 2010 to ride the Feather River Express -- Emeryville, CA to Portola, CA and return.
Click on the link to get more infos about this event: Domes to Feather River Railroad Days - Rail Tours In The United States
|MF 8/29/10 AMT 25 WB Donner Summit, CA - 303||MF 8/20/10 AMT 131 at Emeryville, CA - 304||MF 8/29/10 BNSF 5282 EB Soda Springs, CA - 305|
|MF 8/26/10 UP 4522 NB at Chemult, OR - 306||MF 8/25/10 UP 5363 NB at Goldmine, OR - 307||MF 8/28/10 UP 8122 WB Williams Loop FRC - 308|
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