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updated: December 20, 2015
Cajon Pass Photo Collection 10/13
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: Ryan Slaton (RS), Michael Frei (MIF)
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.
Photos are sorted by date (not by location): oldest are on top and
newest at the bottom - just scroll down!
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 4-digit number below each photo (the first letters specify the photographer)..
|We start our 2015 documentation with great photos taken at WSI on 1/30/2015.|
(1/30/15), Marc & I met Bob & Guy on West Summit Island (WSI). It was a very
cool, cloudy, dark & windy day but the trains were almost NON-STOP with one
very interesting event --- All Three BNSF tracks busy.
# 5018: UP 5562 WB @ WSI to meet --- # 5019: UP 7605 EB --- Both trains were very long, heavy and slow.
# 5020: UP 5562 continues the climb to Summit. # 5021-5022: BNSF 7762 climbs Main #3 EB.
# 5023: A FIRST for me --- All Three BNSF tracks busy between WSI and Summit. The noise & vibrations were AMAZING. GGG
|GGG 1/30/15 UP 5562 WB on MT-1 - 5018||GGG 1/30/15 UP 7605 EB on MT-2 - 5019||GGG 1/30/15 Both UP intermodal trains - 5020|
|GGG 1/30/15 BNSF EB below UP trains - 5021||GGG 1/30/15 BNSF 7762 EB on MT-3 - 5022||GGG 1/30/15 All 3 BNSF tracks are busy - 5023|
|Ryan Slaton sent us some great photos he took in January 2015. (added 2/25/2015)|
With work windows up on Tehachapi for the next few weeks I decided to head
over to Cajon on Saturday January 10th. The forecast showed clouds rolling
in Friday night for an upcoming storm but originally the weather-folks were
saying no rain until late Saturday night-early Sunday morning. As I was
leaving I received a heads up that brand new UP SD70AH 8912 was leading the
eastbound West Colton, CA to North Platte, NE manifest and had just departed
West Colton. Getting on the road Saturday morning I spotted a few large
patches of blue sky's east of Cajon Pass out towards Lugo-Hesperia so that's
where I headed to start the day. With clouds starting to build up over the
San Gabriel's in the background UP 8912-3969-4263-3908 coast down the
eastern slope of Cajon at Lugo. They are only new once and there is nothing
quite like the UP's 'battle flag' scheme when it is new.
# 5006: Having conquered Cajon Summit BNSF 7072 now slips down grade through the curves approaching Martinez on the point of a eastbound stack train. In the distance the rear of a westbound auto train can be seen on main 3 waiting to be flagged through the maintenance window.
# 5010: Dropping down the Cajon grade east of Pine Lodge on main 2 UP motors 5746-9780-4844 hold back westbound tonnage bound for the West Colton, CA classification yard. UP 9780 sporting a fresh coat of armor yellow and a new battle flag decal started life as C&NW C44-9W 8676.
|RS 1/10/15 UP EB at Lugo - 5001||RS 1/18/15 BNSF 7072 EB at Martinez - 5006||RS 1/24/15 UP 5746 WB at Pine Lodge - 5010|
|# 5007: A
solid brace of Union Pacific EMDs hold back the westbound ISCLB as it coasts
down main 3 approaching Blue Cut. 'Heavy' SD70AH 8831 is on the point.
# 5024: Upon arriving in the Pass Sunday morning there was a parade of eastbound trains waiting for a few westbounds, including a late Amtrak 3, to come down the hill. One by one the westbounds cleared the work zone and then it was time for the eastbounds. After getting one hotshot BNSF eastbound Z up main 3 the eastbounds holding on main 1 were one by one flagged through the work zone. Starting out my morning down near Blue Cut the first train that would find itself in my viewfinder was UP's eastbound K-Line stacker (ITSAH3-14) led by UP 7278-CSXT 812-UP 8210. The eastbound stack train is leaving Blue Cut and rolling up towards old Cajon Station where it will pause to allow traffic ahead to clear the work zone at Summit.
# 5025: And finally a trio of UP trains came into view as the 8212 muscled its way into Hiland. In the siding a Roseville manifest is tied down awaiting a crew while down on the Cajon Subdivision (at right) a westbound UP stack has just pulled up on main 3, awaiting its turn to be flagged down the hill. The original Santa Fe Cajon Summit right of way can be seen just to the right of Hiland siding.
|RS 1/18/15 UP 8831 WB pass SWC - 5007||RS 1/18/15 UP 7278 EB crossing SWC - 5024||RS 1/18/15 UP Hiland, BNSF Summit - 5025|
|# 5002: By
0930 the patches of blue were all but gone anywhere you looked so I headed
back towards Cajon. I had it in mind to do some scouting hikes on Saturday
to check out a few angles that I have been after for awhile. The clouds
actually helped with this as it provided 'neutral light'. For my second
scouting hike of the afternoon I started by following the hills up along the
old SP tracks starting at Canyon siding and headed compass south towards the
Swarthout Canyon area. I made it down to MP 473.25 (on the ex SP) before
starting back towards Canyon. Standing up on a cut in between UP's Mojave
Sub and BNSF's Cajon Sub I captured BNSF 8030 and 5390 lugging all out on
the point of a long eastbound stack train running out of the Ports. This
view is looking south towards the old Cajon Campgrounds and Swarthout Canyon
Road. By now there was a light rain falling in Cajon and in much of Southern
California, which is much needed!
# 5026: Since they were only allowing one train at a time through the work zone the DS had been fleeting eastbounds up the hill but now had a few westbounds that needed to get down the hill, including a hot shot and two that had crews running low on hours. After getting the K-Line stacks and a eastbound UP helper set up the hill it was time to open the gates for the westbounds. First out was a westbound stack bound for the Ports led by BNSF ES44C4s 7122 and 8200. This westbound was crossed over to main 1 at Lugo as they were not qualified to go down main 3 due to the steep grades. As maintenance and track forces are hard at work replacing rail on main 2 BNSF 7122 west carefully drifts by preparing for the long descent down into San Bernardino.
# 5027: Up on Union Pacific's Mojave Subdivision (formerly SP's Palmdale Cutoff) it was business as usual. After catching a few more fleeted westbounds down at Cozy Dell I moved up towards Hiland on the Mojave Sub to catch a pair of Tehachapi bound trains which had new UP GE's on the point. First up was UP 8256 on the IWBOAX which had run around the UP 8212 at Canyon siding. Following 8256 out of Canyon and up the hill was a manifest led by fairly new C45AH 8212. UP 8212-UP 2298-UP 4916 dig in as they round the curve leading into Hiland, the summit of the Cajon Grade nearly at hand. On the drawbar is the MWCFRX-18, an 'extra' West Colton-Fresno manifest.
|RS 1/10/15 near Swarthout Canyon Road - 5002||RS 1/18/15 BNSF 7122 WB at Summit - 5026||RS 1/18/15 UP 8212 = GE C45AH - 5027|
|A few from the Cajon Sub taken in late January and early Februray 2015. (added 3/04/2015)|
"Gray's" Hill -- BNSF Cajon Sun MP 39.1 (the flyover)
# 5028-5030: UP 8853 & its mid train DPU's are WB onto Main Track-1. # 5031-5032: UP 6522 West over an EB BNSF.
# 5033: Another "meet" at the fly-over. GGG
|GGG 2/04/15 UP 8853 WB at MP 39.1 - 5028||GGG 2/04/15 UP WB on Flyover - 5029||GGG 2/04/15 UP 5148 mid train DPU's - 5030|
|GGG 2/04/15 UP 6522 WB at MP 39.1 - 5031||GGG 2/04/15 UP/BNSF Meet - 5032||GGG 2/04/15 BNSF 7354 WB on Flyover - 5033|
& I on a cold, windy & rainy day at West Summit Island
# 5034-5035: BNSF 8063 climbs MT-3 and leans into the Cajon Summit curve. # 5036: BNSF 6523 is EB approaching WSI on MT-3.
# 5037: BNSF 5461 is WB on MT-3. # 5038: BNSF 6657 is WB on MT-1. # 5039: Marc and our MudMobile transportation on said rainy day.
|GGG 1/30/15 BNSF 8063 EB on MT-3 - 5034||GGG 1/30/15 BNSF EB at Summit Curve - 5035||GGG 1/30/15 BNSF 6523 EB on MT-3 - 5036|
|GGG 1/30/15 BNSF 5461 WB on MT-3 - 5037||GGG 1/30/15 BNSF 6657 on MT-1 - 5038||GGG 1/30/15 Marc and MudMobile - 5039|
|Ryan Slaton went high above Pine Lodge on March 8, 2015. (added 3/25/2015)|
Here are three shots take back on March 8th, 2015 during an
impromptu Sunday trip over to Cajon Pass. BNSF's Cajon Subdivision, formerly
the 1st District of Santa Fe's Los Angeles Division, sits near the western
end of BNSF's Chicago-Los Angeles Transcon, here trains are almost always in
no short supply. Back on that beautiful sunny day in Southern California it
was business as usual on Cajon with what seemed like train after train after
# 5053: With dynamics howling and flanges squealing the westbound manifest, entrusted to a 5-pack of 7700 series ES44DCs (7704-7713-7706-7761-7776), roll their westbound through the horseshoe curve west of CP Walker (we call it DRR Curve). Now the train is approaching the former station of Pine Lodge as the great decent into the LA Basin continues.
# 5054: After awhile I situated myself on another of those trademark Mormon Rocks that line the western slope of the Cajon Grade. After waiting for a little while for an eastbound one finally came along. Four big GE machines (6715-7028-5445-7763) walk the eastbound stack train elephant style up the Cajon Grade at Pine Lodge passing under CA-138 and over a dry wash in the process.
|RS 3/08/15 BNSF 7704 WB at Walker - 5052||RS 3/08/15 Same train DRR Curve - 5053||RS 3/08/15 BNSF 6715 EB at Pine Lodge - 5054|
|A few from the Cajon Sub taken in January and May 2015. (added 6/08/2015)|
while so I thought I'd send a few from several short trips to the Cajon Sub.
# 5091-5092: UP 7879 is WB between Sullivans and Cajon Jct. # 5093: BNSF 5064 WB on MT-3 into Cajon Jct. # 5094: BNSF 6960 E @ Hill 582.
# 5095: BNSF 7826 EB on MT-3 @ West Summit Island. # 5096: BNSF 8158 WB on MT-2 @ WSI. # 5097: UP 6584 EB on MT-1 @ WSI.
# 5098-5099: MOW near East Victorville required single tracking between Oro Grande & Frost. The eastbound waited for several WB's to clear.
# 5100: After waiting for an hour, BNSF 6537 East (mentioned in # 5098 & # 5099) proceeds to Barstow.
# 5101-5102: BNSF Barstow West Yard and the Diesel Service Facility. GGG
|GGG 1/04/15 UP 7879 WB MT-2 Cajon - 5091||GGG 1/04/15 Same at Cajon Jct. - 5092||GGG 1/04/15 BNSF 5064 WB MT-3 Cajon - 5093|
|GGG 1/23/15 BNSf 6960 EB at Hill 582 - 5094||GGG 5/01/15 BNSF 7826 EB MT-3 at WSI - 5095||GGG 5/01/15 BNSf 8158 WB MT-2 WSI - 5096|
|GGG 5/01/15 UP 6584 EB MT-1 WSI - 5097||GGG 5/13/15 BNSF 7703 WB MP 39.1 - 5098||GGG 5/13/15 BNSF 7996 WB on Flyover - 5099|
|GGG 5/13/15 BNSF 6537 EB MP 38 - 5100||GGG 5/09/15 BNSF Barstow West Yard - 5101||GGG 5/09/15 BNSF Diesel Facilities - 5102|
|A few from the Cajon Sub taken in 2012, 2014 and 2015 by Don E. Toles. (added 7/03/2015)|
been a long time since Don Toles submitted any images for your viewing.
Among those he ask me to send out were these of what can only be labeled as
" Railroad CRITTERS". According to where one lives in the USA, the term
'critter' has hundreds of
meanings both positive and negative ---
One definition could be: 'a seldom seen, rather unattractive creature of dubious heritage and uncertain future'
# 5103-5104: UP 3937 with BC Rail 4610 (C40--8M). # 5105: BN / BNSF 3119 (GP-40M) EB @ Hill 582.
# 5106: BNSF 1200 (GN GP-9 rebuilt to BNSF LNG 1200) EB @ Hill 582. # 5107-5108: BNSF 1310 (3GS21C-DE).
# 5109-5110: BNSF #80 Track Geometry Car. # 5111-5112: CNW / UP 6708 GE Dash 9 built 1994.
# 5113: NS 7699 & CSX 8365 SB on UP @ Hill 582. # 5114: BNSF 4950 with FRA test car 220.
# 5115: UP 2494 is SB on the SP/UP and about to cross under I-15. # 5116-5117: BNSF 7760 with newly shopped & washed BNSF 1881 & 159.
# 5118-5119: BNSF 2014 Christmas Train is WB. # 5120: UP meet near Hill 582.
# 5121: BNSF LNG Test Train WB @ Hill 582. # 5122: UP 8084 NB on SP / UP.
# 5123: Don & Marc heard a loud crash while on Hill 582. Pictured is an OREO Cookie truck (yes OREO cookies) just finishing its downhill, off-road, and unplanned journey from the SB (upper lanes) of I-15 down to near the NB lanes. As I remember, they told me that the driver survived---and is searching for new employment.
Enjoy - DET / GGG
|DET 2/11/15 UP 3937 SB on MT-3 - 5103||DET 2/11/15 BC Rail 4610 (C40-8M) - 5104||DET 7/23/12 BN/BNSF 3119 EB Hill 582 - 5105|
|DET 7/29/12 BNSF LNG 1200 (ex. GP9)- 5106||DET 8/03/12 BNSF 1310 (3GS21C-DE) - 5108||DET 8/03/12 BNSF EB pass Hill 582 - 5107|
|DET 7/23/12 BNSF Track Geometry Car - 5110||DET 7/23/12 checking tracks pass Hill 582 - 5109||DET 8/22/12 UP 4509 EB at Hill 582 - 5111|
|DET 8/22/12 same train w/C&NW 6708 - 5112||DET 1/13/14 strangers: NS & CSX - 5113||DET 2/11/14 BNSF w/FRA Test Car EB - 5114|
|DET 5/03/14 UP 2494 SB to I-15 Windy Pt. - 5115||DET 1/26/15 BNSF 7760 WB Hill 582 - 5116||DET 1/26/15 same train w/Santa Fe unit - 5117|
|DET 12/11/14 BNSF 8177 w/Holiday Train - 5118||DET 12/11/14 BNSF Holiday Express - 5119||DET 8/03/12 UP race downhill at Hill 582 - 5120|
|DET 9/03/14 BNSF LNG Test Train - 5121||DET 5/04/14 UP 8084 NB on UPT - 5122||DET 7/31/12 Truck crash on I-15 - 5123|
|Friday July 10, 2015 on Hill 582 (added 7/12/2015)|
(Friday) on 582 started with 60F temps with a strong breeze but warmed to
reasonable (for the Mojave) comfort levels.
Don T & I enjoyed a visit from four of our Swiss friends and good RR traffic levels.
# 5124: Ruedi and Dominic (Switzerland) show how to properly decorate a US rental (hire) SUV.
# 5125-5126: Taking advantage of a US flag (flown by a new visitor to the Hill), UP 7990 & BNSF 6544 pass OLD GLORY proudly flying on Hill 582.
# 5127-5128: BNSF 7704 with BNSF 112 is WB. BNSF 112 (GP-60) is being or has been converted to a Liqufied Natural Gas test engine. It was DIT.
# 5129: Last month, I drove up to "Gray's Hill" to wait for the Ringling Bros Circus train. I, later, found the Circus train was tied up in a Barstow traffic jam and would not pass over the flyover before dark. And so, here is a late afternoon wideangle of the Upper Narrows area of the Mojave River.
|GGG 7/10/15 Ruedi & Dominic on Hill 582 - 5124||GGG 7/10/15 UP 7990 NB on UPT - 5125||GGG 7/10/15 BNSF 6544 EB on MT-1- 5126|
|GGG 7/10/15 BNSF 7704 WB w/LNG 112 - 5127||GGG 7/10/15 BNSF 112 LNG ex. GP60M - 5128||GGG 7/10/15 Flyover w/Mojave Narrows - 5129|
|Sunday August 2, 2015 on Hill 582 (added 8/03/2015)|
Michael Frei, a Swiss who is currently working in Southern California for a
real passenger project, spent Sunday on Hill 582. There was a lot of traffic
and several times there were 3 trains visible at the same time.
# 5164: BNSF WB DPU's Double Stack on MT-2, BNSF EB DBS on MT-1 and UP Intermodal on UP Track.
# 5165: BNSF WB Intermodal on MT-2, BNSF EB DBS on MT-1 and UP Manifest on UP Track.
|MIF 8/02/15 BNSF WB on MT-2 - 5163||MIF 8/02/15 all 3 tracks are busy - 5164||MIF 8/02/15 another set of 3 trains - 5165|
|MIF 8/02/15 BNSF EB on MT-1 and UP Intermodal on UPT - 5166||MIF 8/02/15 UP EB on BNSF tracks with 2 CSX locos - 5167|
|Sunday August 9, 2015 on Hill 582 (added 8/10/2015)|
Michael Frei spent his "off" Sunday on Hill 582. This Sunday was full of
action. Within 2 hours 7 train meets and between 09.00 h and 14.00 h a total
of 66 trains!! Up to 7 people (railfans) spent their time on Hill 582. Even
George Cataulin of Left Coast Rail Videos was there and was flying a
quadcopter for taking pictures and movies.
# 5175: This BNSF "monster train" has 214 cars (> 400 Containers), 3 head end locos, 2 mid train helpers (DPU's) and 1 rear end helper (DPU).
|MIF 8/09/15 BNSF WB w/CSX on MT-1 - 5168||MIF 8/09/15 BNSF EB w/Cityrail loco - 5169||MIF 8/09/15 UP NB on UPT, BNSF below - 5170|
|MIF 8/09/15 Quadcopter in the air (middle) - 5171||MIF 8/09/15 George Cataulin in action - 5172||MIF 8/09/15 UP SB on UPT - 5173|
|MIF 8/09/15 BNSF meet of WB and EB trains - 5174||MIF 8/09/15 BNSF WB monster train with 214 cars - 5175|
|BNSF WB Monster Train from the air by George Cataulin on 8/09/15 at noon (5'36"): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk9gdDEBkr8|
|Sunday August 16, 2015 on Hill 582 (added 8/17/2015)|
|Once again, Michael Frei spent his "off" Sunday on Hill 582. There were some interesting activities.|
|MIF 8/16/15 BNSF EB light to Barstow - 5176||MIF 8/16/15 ES44AC GE Tier 4 Demo - 5177||MIF 8/16/15 BNSF 2 x EB race uphill - 5178|
|MIF 8/16/15 UP GP40-2 on EB - 5179||MIF 8/16/15 UP NB 2 x SD60M & SD70M - 5180||MIF 8/16/15 UP EB w/CN SD70ACe - 5181|
|MIF 8/16/15 Same UP EB train w/NS SD70ACe rear end helper - 5182||MIF 8/16/15 BNSF Worktrain, 2 x head end and 2 x rear end power - 5183|
|Sunday August 23, 2015 on Hill 582 (added 8/24/2015)|
Once again, Michael Frei spent his "off" Sunday on Hill 582. There were some
# 5185: UP EB elephant style light helper set (against the light on BNSF MT-3). No question, Hill 582 is the perfect spot for railfans.
|MIF 8/24/15 UP EB 4-unit light set on MT-3 - 5184||MIF 8/24/15 UP manifest before Hill 582 - 5185||MIF 8/24/15 BNSF EB and WB meet - 5186|
|MIF 8/24/15 UP manifest on UPT w/Flag - 5187||MIF 8/24/15 UP EMD GP40-2 on BMSF 2 - 5188||MIF 8/24/15 UP meet on UPT and BNSF 2 - 5189|
|MIF 8/24/15 new BNSF GE ET44C4 (Tier 4-Loco) - 5190||MIF 8/24/15 NS SD70M behind UP SD70ACe as DPU's on UPT - 5191|
|Saturday August 29, 2015 East of Summit (added 8/30/2015)|
|Once again, Michael Frei spent his "off" Day on Cajon Pass. But this time he was exploring the East side of Cajon, incl. Frost (Flyover), Lugo.|
|MIF 8/29/15 UP WB w/NS SD70ACe - 5192||MIF 8/29/15 BNSF WB on Flyover - 5193||MIF 8/29/15Same BNSF WB at Frost - 5194|
|MIF 8/29/15 BNSF EB new Tier 4 ET44C4 - 5195||MIF 8/29/15 BNSF EB at Lugo - 5196||MIF 8/29/15 UP EB w/2 "Y" (Yard Units) - 5197|
|MIF 8/29/15 Action at Lugo - 5198||MIF 8/29/15 Two trains are meeting - 5199||MIF 8/29/15 UP WB leaving West Barstow - 5200|
|Friday September 18, 2015 British Friends on Hill 582 (added 9/21/2015)|
Last Friday (9/18) was a near perfect day on Hill 582. Fairly cool, with
VERY bright sun, VERY HEAVY train
traffic and a visit from four British Friends. Colin Marsden (GB) brought 3
friends with him. They were fully intent on reclaiming the Hill for the
British Crown but --- Don and I fought them off HE HE.
# 5204: DET with our British friends on Hill 582. # 5205: The Brit's paying PROPER RESPECT to OLD GLORY.
# 5206-5207: BNSF 4159 EB rounding the MP 58.2 curve and passing OLD GLORY.
# 5208-5209: BNSF 6749 is WB. The #4 unit is BNSF 3940, a brand new ET44C4 (T4) --- The T-4 meaning that the unit is compliant with the newest Environmental Regulations. # 5210: We've had good rainfall lately and the plants on the hill reflect the moisture.
# 5211: BNSF 6690 WB. # 5212: UP 8259 is SB with SP/UP 6271. Enjoy, GGG
|GGG 9/18/15 Don w/the British Friends - 5204||GGG 9/18/15 The Brit's paying respect - 5205||GGG 9/18/15 BNSF 4159 EB MT-1 - 5206|
|GGG 9/18/15 Same train passing Old Glory - 5207||GGG 9/18/15 BNSF 6749 WB on MT-2 - 5208||9/18/15 BNSF 3940 brand new ET44C4 - 5209|
|9/18/15 Hill 582 vegetation is doing great - 5210||GGG 9/18/15 BNSF 6690 WB - 5211||9/18/15 UP 8259 SB and ex. SP 6271 - 5212|
|January 2014 to September 2015 - Great Cajon Photos by Don and Karl (added 9/27/2015)|
while back, Don gave me his camera memory chip containing the images of the
Hill 582 SE corner repair. Aboard the chip I found several excellent images,
taken over the last two years, by Don and our friend Karl (from Chicago).
DET / KJ / GGG
# 5225-5226: Don was told that this solar-powered installation near MP 58 has something to do with measuring flange lubricating effectiveness. However, it obviously couldn't measure and withstand the Mojave winds. # 5227: BNSF 4879 is WB on MT-3 RR West of Hill 582.
|DET 6/26/15 BNSF Measuring device - 5225||DET 7/09/15 Desert Wind Victim - 5226||DET 4/29/14 BNSF 4879 WB MT-3 - 5227|
|# 5228-5229-5230: BNSF 7920 & UP 8087 EB @ Davis Ranch Rd to CP Walker.|
|DET 4/29/14 BNSF 7920 EB Davis Ranch - 5228||DET 4/29/14 UP 8087 EB Davis Ranch - 5229||DET 4/29/14 Same train on MT-2 - 5230|
|# 5231: Looking north from Steins Hill. # 5232: BNSF 6522 EB @ Mormon Rocks. # 5233: BNSF 7099 EB through Walker.|
|KHJ 4/29/14 S curve before Mormon R. - 5231||DET 4/29/14 BNSF 6522 EB Mormon Rocks 5232||DET 4/29/14 BNSF 7099 EB at Walker - 5233|
5234-5235: GE Tier-4 emissions compliant test unit EB on MT-3. # 5236-5237:
AMT #3 WB from West Summit Island.
# 5238-5239: AMT #3 WB with BNSF 4134 leading passes Hill 582
|DET 6/26/15 GE 2043 Tier 4 Test Unit - 5234||DET 6/26/15 Same Loco EB on MT-3 - 5235||DET 5/02/14 AT 189 WB at WSI - 5236|
|DET 5/02/14 Same Train at WSI - 5237||DET 7/09/15 BNSF 4134 on AT # 3 - 5238||DET 7/09/15 AT # 3 leaving Hill 582 - 5239|
5240: BNSF Business Train WB Hill 582. # 5241: BNSF 7264 WB @ Sullivan's
curve. # 5242-5243: Two EB
BNSF stack trains @ WSI.
# 5244: BNSF 8014 with NXTrack hi-speed rail inspection car: http://www.nxgenrail.com/nxtrack # 5245: BNSF Officers Special EB, MT-3, Hill 582
|DET 2/18/15 BNSF 6513 Business Train - 5240||DET 4/29/14 BNSF 7264 Sullivans Curve - 5241||DET 5/02/14 BNSF 7353 pass BNSF 7225 - 5242|
|DET 5/02/14 BNSF race uphill at WSI - 5243||DET 6/26/15 BNSF 8014 Track Test Car - 5244||DET 1/20/14 BNSF Business Train MT-3 - 5245|
|# 5246: UP 7397, WB, MP-34 (crossing Mojave River). # 5247: UP 6651 WB, Hill 582. # 5248: UP 7930 EB, Hill 582|
|DET 4/29/14 UP 7397 WB MP 34 - 5246||KHJ 4/29/14 UP 6651 WB Hill 582 - 5247||KHJ 4/29/14 UP 7930 EB Hill 582 - 5248|
|# 5249: 25 UP 7397 WB, MP-34 (Mojave River Bridges). # 5250-5251: UP Ballast & COAL WB MP-20 (Helendale area)|
|KHJ 4/29/14 UP 7397 WB MP 34 - 5249||KHJ 4/29/14 UP 4688 WB Ballast MP 20 - 5250||KHJ 4/29/14 UP 8124 WB Coal MP 20 - 5251|
|October 30, 2015 - Heavy Traffic around Hill 582 and the Flyover (added 11/18/2015)|
On 10/30, Don, Marc & I had the pleasure of hosting Werner Meer, who was
visiting from Switzerland. As you know, Werner graciously displays our Cajon
pictures & news on his WebSite:
Last Friday was a really HEAVY Train traffic day with LOADS of sun and wind.
# 5258-5259: On the way to Hill 582, Marc & I were blocked by this stopped UP train using the Silverwood Connector to head East on the BNSF. Interesting that the lash-up had a 1988 built GE C-40-8 AND that the lumber loads are headed East (lumber usually arrives here from the Pacific NW). # 5260: Great seeing our friend Werner after 4 years back on Hill 582.
# 5261: One routine BNSF train had brand new ET44C-4 Tier-4 3872 in the consist. # 5262-5263: BNSF 7514 is WB to be met by BNSF 7725 EB- while a UP is SB to UP Colton.
# 5264-5265: UP 8251 & DPU's are WB with A very LONG & HEAVY train.
After lunch at DA DUMP, we headed to BNSF MP 39.1 (Gray's Hill) where we were greeted by:
# 5266: Two MONSTER BNSF trains using the Fly-over. # 5267-5268-5269: A two mile long BNSF Monster train in 3 +2+1 configuration WB @ MP-39.1. # 5270: The BNSF Victorville Local probably headed the the Dog food plant one mile farther West at BNSF Thorn (MP-40+).
# 5271: A very short but very heavy UP Ballast is WB. # 5272: Werner pondering how to add the newly built second railing to his model Hill 582.
http://www.trainmaster.ch/WL-14.htm Enjoy, GGG
|GGG 10/28/15 - UP EB on Silverwood . . - 5258||GGG 10/28/15 . . connector (UPT to BNSF) - 5259||GGG 10/30/15 Werner back on Hill 582 - 5260|
|GGG 10/30/15 BNSF ET44C-4 Tier 4 - 5261||GGG 10/30/15 BNSF 7514 WB will meet - 5262||GGG 10/30/15 BNSF 7725 EB (above UP) - 5263|
|GGG 10/30/15 UP 8251 WB on MT-2 - 5264||GGG 10/30/15 UP 8621/8620 DPU's - 5265||GGG 10/30/15 BNSF Meet on Flyover - 5266|
|GGG 10/30/15 BNSF 7806 w/Monster Train - 5267||GGG 10/30/15 mid train DPU's - 5268||GGG 10/30/15 rear end DPU MP 39.1 - 5269|
|GGG 10/30/15 BNSF 7959 Local - 5270||GGG 10/30/15 UP 7937 WB Ballast Train - 5271||GGG 10/30/15 more work on scale 582 - 5272|
|October 08 and 29, 2015 - Pepper Ave (Colton) and Sullivan's Curve (added 11/18/2015)|
Marc has been out photographing railroading in the local area lately.
From the Pepper Ave Bridge in Colton, CA:
# 5273-5274: MPI MP14B (GMTX 7000) & EMD NW2 (GMTX 721) are pictured in the GATX tank car maintenance yard. As we understand it, the 5 year old GenSet #7000 is (and has been) inoperable, while 50 year old #721 does the work.
# 5275: 15+ year old UP 6446 looks great with a new coat of paint. # 5276: UP & BNSF locomotives await assignment at UP W Colton.
From Sullivan's Curve:
# 5277-5281: UP 6694 leads UP 6692 (with a BADLY BLOWN TURBO) NB into Canyon Siding to await the local fire Departments.
# 5282-5284: Three brand new ET44C4 (Tier-4) loco's lead a BNSF EB toward the still smoking UP GE. MF / GGG
|MF 10/08/15 GATX 7000 MPI MP14B - 5273||MF 10/08/15 GATX 721 EMD NW2 - 5274||MF 10/08/15 UP 6446 WB Colton - 5275|
|MF 10/08/15 BNSF 7732 & UP 8145 Colton - 5276||MF 10/29/15 Heavy smoke on UP 6692 . . - 5278||MF 10/29/15 . . with blown turbo - 5277|
|MF 10/29/15 UP 6694 may need new paint - 5279||MF 10/29/15 UP 6692 w/damage - 5280||MF 10/29/15 smoke like a steamer - 5281|
|MF 10/29/15 BNSF ET44C (3 pcs.) - 5282||MF 10/29/15 BNSF 3864 EB is passing . . - 5283||MF 10/29/15 . . the damaged UP train - 5284|
Marc Fournier made a tour with Werner Meer on this Thursday (10/29/15) and
we even met Jerry Shinar on Sullivan's Curve.
Well, we were at the right time at the right place to see this action with the blown turbo smoke of the UP diesel.
|December 20, 2015 - Hill 582 and Hesperia (added 12/20/2015)|
Last Friday (12/18/20), Lois, Marc & I visited Hill 582. The latest RR'ing
talking point has been the new GE EPA Tier 4 compliant diesel units. We had
seen several of the T-4 units painted for BNSF but the UP has just recently
taken delivery of their first T-4's and I had not yet seen any on Cajon.
Actually, there are few external differences between the T-4 and earlier
GE's except for a "bump" just ahead of the redesigned and much LARGER
radiator sections on the upper rear of the units.
# 5285-5286: BNSF 3925 (T-4) leads WB @ Hill 582, # 5287-5288: UP 2575 (T-4) is SB on the SP/UP, # 5289-5290: UP 8128 with UP 2578 (T-4) is NB on UP/SP. After lunch and headed home I came upon: # 5291-5292: UP 7910 & DPU lead a mile of coal loads WB from Hesperia
# 5293-5295: BNSF 7576, mid-train units, and a DPU power a near two mile long MONSTER STACK TRAIN WB into Hesperia
# 5296: While watching the Monster Train, BNSF 7705 quietly passes EB
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR
GGG & the Hill 582 BUNCH
|GGG 12/18/15 BNSF 3925 WB Hill 582 - 5285||GGG 12/18/15 BNSF loco is a Tier 4 - 5286||GGG 12/18/15 UP 2575 SB on UPT - 5287|
|GGG 12/18/15 UP 2575 = Tier 4 unit - 5288||GGG 12/18/15 UP 8126 NB on UPT - 5289||GGG 12/18/15 UP 8126 = Tier 4 - 5290|
|GGG 12/18/15 UP 7910 WB at Hesperia - 5291||GGG 12/18/15 UP 5619 DPU same train - 5292||GGG 12/18/15 BNSF 7576 Monster train - 5293|
|GGG 12/18/15 BNSF 7297 mid train DPU's - 5294||GGG 12/18/15 BNSF 6657 DPU EOT - 5295||GGG 12/18/15 BNSF 7705 EB Hesperia - 5296|
|Cajon from the air (added 8/10/2015)|
|Cajon Pass / Hill 582 / Aerial Sequence by Derek Hughes taken on 3/18/14 (2'52"): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UO3L1FALag|
|Aerial above Cajon (Mormon Rocks/Hwy 138) by George Cataulin on 7/27/14 (2'02"): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC2s6sMKqTI|
|Aerial over CP Walker by George Cataulin on 7/27/14 (3'27"): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-_Vl6aiX00|
Bonus Photos (non Cajon Pass)
|November 27, 2015 - Ludlow, CA (added 12/20/2015)|
|Last Friday (27 Nov), my friend Jorge & I drove out to Ludlow to have lunch with Marc & Bob who spent the Thanksgiving Holiday week camped there. After our arrival, Paul Westover & his nephew Danny joined the group. The weather was cloudy, cool and windy but the train traffic was fairly heavy. Of course, all trains were BNSF and all were making track speed (65 MPH). # 5297: The troops in front of Marc's motor home.|
|GGG 12/27/15 - Railfans are resting - 5297||GGG 12/27/15 BNSF 4172 WB - 5298||GGG 12/27/15 BNSF 7602 EB - 5299|
|GGG 12/27/15 BNSF 6513 WB - 5300||GGG 12/27/15 BNSF 7924 EB - 5301||GGG 12/27/15 BNSF 8090 EB - 5302|
|September 2015 - Trip to UP Rail Fest at North Platte, NE (added 12/20/2015)|
In September 2015,
Marc Fournier went
on a 26 day trip passing 9 states
with 2600 mls for
the UP Rail Fest at
Photos by Marc Fournier
See all 50 photos - click here
|August 2015 - Rocky Mountaineer Trip (added 9/01/2015)|
In early August 2015,
Laura & Gary Gray went
to Canada for a
Rocky Mountaineer Journey
Photos by Gary G. Gray
See all 30 photos - click here
|June 2015 - Train Mountain Triennial (added 7/28/2015)|
Last month, Marc drove his motor home to Chiloquin, OR to attend the Train
Mountain Triennial. Train Mountain (TMRR) is the world's largest model
railroad with over 37 miles of 7.5 gauge track on 2205 acres of pine forest
spanning 2 miles by 4 miles to accommodate the 350+ scale model trains.
Attendees came from as far as NZ -- bringing / shipping their large scale
models. The two URL's below will give you some idea of the scale of this
Marc joined Aaron Benson of 7ideaproductions to document the triennial. You may remember Aaron from his superb DVD of CAJON PASS. The complete library of Aaron's extraordinary work may be seen at: http://7ideaproductions.com/shop/index.php
Marc dropped off 27 stills for editing and your viewing - Enjoy !!
# 5136: On the way, Marc found this UP oops in Truckee, CA. # 5137: Our friend Lois in front of the abandoned Donner Pass Cisco Tunnel.
# 5138: AMT Coast Starlight NB on UP to Eugene, OR and on to SF. # 5139-5141: Father's Day at Collier State Park, OR.
# 5142-5143: CN & UP RR models @ TMRR. # 5144: Aaron with his VERY EXPENSIVE Camera equipment @ TMRR.
# 5145: Descriptive Sign at TMRR. # 5146: LWR Express @ TMRR. # 5147: 3 way meet at TMRR. # 5148: Scale to measure axle weight.
# 5149: SP 4449 @ TMRR. # 5150: The film crew (Marc & Aaron) resolving a MINOR DISPUTE after 2 weeks of working together (HE HE) Note the panel track in the background. # 5151-5155: Marco engineers D&RGW 3099 carrying our friends from Switzerland: Dominik, Rolf, Markus, Ruedi, Sylvia & Hugo on a tour of TMRR. # 5156: The Film Crew Campsite.
# 5157: On the way home, Marc stopped to visit friends in Waldport, OR--obviously railfans !!!!
# 5158-5160: The Oregon Coastline. # 5161: California Redwoods. # 5162: CA Coastline. MF / GGG
|MF 6/06/15 Oops UP MoW at Truckee, CA - 5136||MF 6/06/15 Lois at Cisco (Donner Pass) - 5137||MF 6/13/15 AT Coast Starlight NB - 5138|
|MF 6/21/15 Collier State Park, OR - 5139||MF 6/21/15 Old Steam Pow Vehicle - 5140||MF 6/21/15 Steam Tractor - 5141|
|MF 6/21/15 CN Models - 5142||MF 6/22/15 UP 844 Pass Special - 5143||MF 6/23/15 Aaron of 7idea - 5144|
|MF 6/23/15 Special Sign at TMRR - 5145||MF 6/23/15 LWR Express - 5146||MF 6/24/15 3-way meet - 5147|
|MF 6/25/15 Measure Axle Weight - 5148||MF 6/25/15 SP-Daylight 4449 - 5149||MF 6/27/15 Marc & Aaron - 5150|
|MF 6/27/15 Marco w/D&RGW 3099 - 5151||MF 6/27/15 Dominik (CH) - 5152||MF 6/27/15 again Dominik - 5153|
|MF 6/27/15 Rolf & Markus (CH) - 5154||MF 6/27/15 Ruedi, Silvia, Hugo (CH) - 5155||MF 6/28/15 Campsite of Marc & Aaron - 5156|
|MF 7/04/15 Lloyd & Lee at Waldport, OR - 5157||MF 7/08/15 Oregon Coast - 5158||MF 7/09/15 Hole in the Rock, OR - 5159|
|MF 7/09/15 Port Orfond State Park, OR - 5160||MF 7/10/15 California Redwoods - 5161||MF 7/10/15 CA Coastline - 5162|
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New 8/11: Maps "How to find" Hill 582, Sullivan's Curve, Noisy Point by Gary G. Gray - click here
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