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San Bernardino County Photo
2012 - 2014
I am very pleased to show some exclusive photos of these photographers:
Don E. Toles (DET), Gary G. Gray (GGG), Marc Fournier (MF).
In addition, we have guest photographer 1, Robert Royer (RR), with some interesting pictures.
In addition, we have guest photographer 2, K.P. Harrier (KPH), with the latest pictures.
And last but not least, Ruedi Schai (RUS) and Eugen Haenseler (EH) of Switzerland,
and Patrick Bopp (PB) of Luxembourg.
A big thank you for sharing these excellent pictures with us. The initials identify the photographer!
Note: The copyright belongs to these gentlemen. Do not use any photos without written permission.
|Union Pacific Flyover Project, Colton, CA|
|There is another and
larger grade separation project being built in San Bernardino County.
The City of Colton, CA (just East of I-215 along I-10) hosts the double main lines of both the UP Sunset Route and the BNSF Transcon which cross at a FOUR-Unit diamond.
Except for UP trains using the Colton-Palmdale cutoff between Colton
and BNSF Silverwood, all UP & BNSF trains traveling either way between
Chicago & LA must traverse this area ---- with numerous delays. The
requirement for a flyover has been obvious. All information needed is
contained in the first 24 pages of:
|Link: Aerial of BNSF Connector before the Colton Flyover|
see some video footage of the Flyover Project, we recommend to enter "COLTON
VLOG" on Google.
There are different films with construction machinery and of course trains passing by. Take a look !
|More infos can be found here: http://www.coltoncrossing.com/|
Abbreviations found on this page: EB = East Bound, NB =
North Bound, SB = South Bound, WB = West Bound
For bigger size photos - please click on the 4-digit number below each photo (the first letters specify the photographer)..
|We start our
documentation on February 21, 2012. More photos will be added as the project
From the camera of Marc Fornier. 2130: Project Sign. 2131: San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) aerial view of diamonds. 2132: Edited Google map of project. The white line represents the flyover. 2133: SANBAG ground image of diamonds. 2134-2136: Cat Auger and Cat MYSTERY MACHINE ---- The purpose of these machines can be found on PDF page 8, paragraph 1.2.1 concerning "The soils directly under the flyover". 2137-2138: Two west bound UP's approach the diamonds. MF/GGG
|MF 2/21/12 Colton Flyover Project Sign - 2130||SANBAG Diamonds Aerial View - 2131||Google Map, edited by GGG - 2132|
|SANBAG Ground View of Diamonds - 2133||MF 2/21/12 CAT "Monster Machine" - 2134||MF 2/21/12 CAT Auger - 2135|
|MF 2/21/12 more infos on the link above - 2136||MF 2/21/12 UP 4382 WB Colton X-ing - 2137||MF 2/21/12 UP 7506 WB Colton diamonds - 2138|
|August 26: We are thankful to show the first 27 photos of our guest photographer, Robert Royer, taken between 1/27/12 and 7/26/12.|
|RR 1/27/12 Looking West from Rancho Ave. - 2542||RR 1/27/12 Looking East from Rancho Ave. - 2543||RR 1/27/12 Looking East w/I-10 - 2544|
|RR 1/27/12 Grading work in progress - 2545||RR 1/27/12 Looking West Mt. Vernon Ave. - 2546||RR 1/27/12 Looking West from Mt. Vernon - 2547|
|Photos 2548-2551: UP 7525 KG3LB double stack comes onto the Alhambra Sub at Rancho Ave., off BNSF Cajon Sub via transfer track at Colton.|
|RR 1/31/12 3 WB's at the Colton Diamonds - 2548||RR 1/31/12 Crossing to the other track - 2549||RR 1/31/12 2 WB's waiting in the distance - 2550|
|RR 6/24/12 - 2551||RR 6/24/12 Milikan Ave. - 2552||RR 6/24/12 Milikan Ave. - 2553|
|RR 6/24/12 Machinery in action - 2554||RR 6/24/12 Some grading was done - 2555||RR 6/24/12 Looking at the other side - 2556|
|RR 6/24/12 Soem material in storage - 2557||RR 7/04/12 Work at E Guasti - 2558||RR 7/04/12 Work at E Guasti - 2559|
|RR 7/04/12 Work at E Guasti - 2560||RR 7/04/12 Work at E Guasti - 2561||RR 7/04/12 Different machinery - 2562|
|RR 7/17/12 Work at E Guasti - 2563||RR 7/17/12 UP truck on bridge - 2564||RR 7/17/12 Work at E Guasti - 2565|
|RR 7/17/12 Work at E Guasti - 2566||RR 7/26/12 AL 525 E Guasti - 2567||RR 7/26/12 Flyover track - 2568|
|August 6: Access to the Flyover Project is nearly impossible however, Marc was able to get a few of the project --- looking West. 2518-19: The abutments are still being poured as are the walls of what will become the flyover "ramp". 2520: Looking at the area of the diamonds with Interstate #10 on the right, the ultimate vertical elevation of the flyover can be determined. MF/GGG|
|MF 8/06/12 Abudments are being poured - 2518||MF 8/06/12 UP 7806 WB - 2519||MF 8/06/12 Diamonds area w/I-10 - 2520|
August 25: Six more photos of our guest photographer, Robert Royer, taken between
8/25/12 and 8/28/12.
2586: Rancho Cucamonga, UP Tack Inspector over Milikan Ave. Flyover on Hi-Railer
|RR 8/25/12 North Ontario - 2581||RR 8/25/12 Guasti, Miliken Ave. - 2582||RR 8/25/12 Guasti and Miliken - 2583|
|RR 8/25/12 Guasti, track sections - 2584||RR 8/25/12 North Ontario - 2585||RR 8/28/12 UP Hi-Railer on Milikan Flyover - 2586|
September 11: Four more photos of our guest photographer, Robert Royer, taken
2611: The first risers for the flyover are under construction. It gives us an idea how massive the whole bridge will be (thanks to the tele lens for close-up view)
|RR 9/11/12 Looking East from Rancho Ave. - 2611||RR 9/11/12 Looking East - 2612||RR 9/11/12 Looking West from Rancho Ave. - 2613|
|RR 9/11/12 Looking West - 2614||RR 9/18/12 Loma Linda - 2648||RR 9/18/12 Loma Linda - 2649|
|September 18: Four more photos taken by Robert Royer on 9/18/12. Photos 2648-49: The beginning of a new signal bridge going up at SP542 Loma Linda, while construction continues on the new overpass being built at Hunts Lane (foreground). 2650-51: The new ramp is growing toward the fly-over.|
|RR 9/18/12 Mt. Vernon looking West - 2650||RR 9/18/12 Mt. Vernon looking West - 2651||RUS 12/10/12 - 2719|
|December 10: Ruedi Schai of Switzerland was visitting Cajon Pass and our friends, Don, Gary and Marc. Ruedi and Marc went down to the Colton flyover construction to take same accurate pictures of the site as it looks on 12/10/12. Sorry, but there is no detailed comment on this pics.|
|RUS 12/10/12 - 2703||RUS 12/10/12 - 2704||RUS 12/10/12 - 2705|
|RUS 12/10/12 - 2706||RUS 12/10/12 - 2707||RUS 12/10/12 - 2708|
|RUS 12/10/12 - 2709||RUS 12/10/12 - 2710||RUS 12/10/12 - 2711|
|RUS 12/10/12 - 2702||RUS 12/10/12 - 2718||RUS 12/10/12 - 2716|
|RUS 12/10/12 - 2712||RUS 12/10/12 - 2713||RUS 12/10/12 - 2714|
|RUS 12/10/12 - 2715||RUS 12/10/12 - 2721||RUS 12/10/12 - 2722|
January 12, 2013: On this Saturday, Marc lead me on a tour of the Colton
area - including the new UP / BNSF diamond / flyover, the Colton UP yard and
the UP engine facility. The flyover pre-construction specifications stated
that the flyover grade would not exceed 1.2% and that the flyover rail
height would be approximately 40 feet above the BNSF rail.
FROM LA CADENA DR (East of the diamonds):
2747: The grade. 2748: Demonstrates the height difference between the flyover (upper bridge) and the present grade.
FROM THE DIAMONDS:
2749: Looking South(west) at the new Flyover bridge. 2750: Looking North (over the diamonds) at the new flyover bridge. I-10 is carried by the green bridges in the background. 2751: Looking West along the UP. The wider stance of the bridge is required to accommodate the BNSF to UP connector which can just be seen at the far middle right.
FROM PEPPER AVE: 2754: Looking West at the W Colton yard. GGG / MF
|GGG 1/12/13 The grade (the ramp) - 2747||GGG 1/12/13 Height of new bridge - 2748||GGG 1/12/13 Looking South(west) - 2749|
|GGG 1/12/13 Looking North - 2750||GGG 1/12/13 Looking West - 2751||GGG 1/12/13 W Colton Yard (looking West) - 2754|
|May 8: Eugen
Haenseler of Switzerland was visitting Cajon Pass. He also made a stop
at the Colton flyover construction to take some accurate pictures.
Eugen is also having some photos on our Cajon Pass Photo Pages. Take a look here: 2013 = XC-42
|EH 5/08/13 UP Colton Flyover - 0458||EH 5/08/13 Below are the BNSF tracks - 0459||EH 5/08/13 The huge ramp is long - 0460|
June 14, 2013: Ruedi Schai
of Switzerland was visitting Cajon Pass. He also made a stop at the Colton
Flyover (see below).
|BNSF locos just passe under UP flyover - 7706||first loco is a Genset switcher - 7707||7709|
|track in front is from BNSF to UP tracks - 7715||UP train is going from UP to BNSF tracks - 7716||the locos did already reach BNSF tracks - 7717|
|BNSF EB intermodal - 7719||it will go under the flyover - 7720||7721|
There is an interesting documention with lots of photos by K.P. Harrier on
TRAINS Forum under:
Sunset Route Two-Tracking Updates (Colton Flyover). There are also other subjects (non Flyover) included !
(see also page 260 and 261: track laying on the Flyover)
(see more accurate photos like those below, starting with page 273)
|July 18: K.P. Harrier (USA) took plenty photos of the Colton flyover project. I am very pleased to have the permission to publish his fantastic pictures taken during June 24 and July 15, 2013.|
|KPH 6/24/13 An eastward heavy telephoto from Rancho Ave.: The old Colton Depot was where the flyover is at now, somewhere across from the train’s head end in this view. - 4035||KPH 6/26/13 Even though Main 1 is in service over the flyover, much equipment is working by the east slope. - 4158||KPH 6/26/13 Heavy work by the east slope - 4172|
|KPH 7/08/13 A westbound train on the flyover 4709||KPH 7/08/13 Men and equipment work as the train passes. - 4717||KPH 7/08/13 Even though dirt was put into the flyover’s west slope, now some is being removed and carted away. - 4766|
|KPH 7/08/13 As mentioned on last photo - 4765||KPH 7/15/13 The west slope from Rancho Ave. looking eastbound towards the new signals for new CP SP538 RANCHO. - 4865||KPH 7/15/13 New
signals for new
CP SP538 RANCHO. - 4888
|KPH 7/15/13 Now that the old, ground level Main 1 is out of the way, the Main 2 end portion of the flyover is being constructed. - 4900||KPH 7/15/13 For a good foundation plenty iron is used for the concrete subroadbed - 4907||KPH 7/15/13 As noted previously, the east slope’s end portion is having construction taking place too. 4848|
look at these latest (August 13 and 14, 2013) photos by K.P. Harrier:
|July 31: Patrick Bopp (Luxembourg) spent his vacation in Southern California and took some photos of the Colton Flyover Project. I am very pleased to have the permission to publish his great pictures. (WM)|
|PB 7/31/13 UP Colton Flyover: left bridge for BNSF/UP connector, right bridge for BNSF main tracks (behind is Interstate 10 (I-10)|
|PB 7/31/13 Still working on the 2nd track - 0017||PB 7/31/13 New signals and wall deco - 0024||PB 7/31/13 BNSF Main under Flyover & I-10 - 0027|
|PB 7/31/13 BNSF WB under I-10 - 0039||PB 7/31/13 Metrolink on the Way to LAUPT - 0081||PB 7/31/13 BNSF Chevy Hi-Railer - 0079|
|PB 7/31/13 UP Train on Flyover - 0051||PB 7/31/13 UP 5322 = GE C45ACCTE - 0070||PB 7/31/13 UP 1782 = SD40N rebuilt 3/13 - 0082|
|PB 7/31/13 UP 8517 = EMD SD70ACe - 0083||PB 7/31/13 UP EB on "old" track - 0084||PB 7/31/13 UP EB crossing BNSF tracks - 0093|
|Patrick Bopp (actually his friend) took a movie. It is a little bit unstable but still worth to see - take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iy5wduAy9s|
|Videos of the new Colton Flyover|
|October 19, 2013: Part 1 by zchcssel (3'48): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mahpoFQc2Ls|
|October 19, 2013: Part 2 by zchcssel (5'09"): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXNhBaC4-GQ|
|August 2014: Great overhead action on the Union Pacific Flyover in Colton, CA|
|8/11/14: by California Rail Productions (34'33"): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dT6SnHxg08|
|March 2015: Video of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)|
|March 27, 2015: Colton Crossing Flyover by ASCE (2'38"): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ItEdTsDnmo|
|May 2015: Official Video of Colton Crossing|
5, 2015: Relieving the Oldest Bottleneck in U.S. History w/different
interviews by HDR (5'44"):
|Page 1 with 2006 photos - click here||Page 2 with 2007 photos - click here||Page 3 with 2008 photos - click here|
|Page 4 with 2009 photos - click here||Page 5 with 2010 photos - click here||Page 6 with 2011 photos - click here|
|Page 7 with 2012 photos - click here||Page 8 with 2013 photos - click here||Page 9 with 2014 photos - click here|
|History of Hill 582 photos - click here||Ranchero Road Project - click here||Colton Flyover Project - click here|
8 different and detailed Maps of Cajon Pass with
captions (Mile Posts and Location) by Gary G. Gray - click
New 8/11: Maps "How to find" Hill 582, Sullivan's Curve, Noisy Point by Gary G. Gray - click here
|Accurate Map of Cajon Pass with 3rd Main Track by Michael Amrine - click here|
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