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updated: December 10, 2016 (flight over Frost)
Cajon Pass Photo Collection 11/12
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: Ryan Slaton (RS) USA, Gary Kluge (GK) USA
Michael Frei (MIF) Switzerland, Ruedi Schai (RUS) Switzerland
Robin Scanes (RSS) New Zealand
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)..
guest photographer Michael Frei contributed the first photos for our 2016
All taken from Hill 582 on 3/20/16.
|MIF 3/20/16 ex. C&NW AC44CW - 6001||MIF 3/20/16 BNSF WB GEVO ES44C4's - 6002||MIF 3/20/16 San Gabriel Peaks w/snow - 6003|
|MIF 3/20/16 BNSF EB ET44C4 - 6004||MIF 3/20/16 UP GEVO ET45AH‘s on UPT - 6005||MIF 3/20/16 UP SB GEVO ET45AH - 6006|
|MIF 3/20/16 UP 2666 and 2637 = GEVO ET45AH SB on UPT - 6007||MIF 3/20/16 DPU's of UP EB intermodal on BNSF MT-1 - 6008|
Here is our next guest photographer
Ruedi Schai with some great photos.
He is currently around Cajon Pass and took some from Hill 582 but also from Sullivan's Curve. He was even climbing the famous Sullivan's Curve Rock formation (a 45 min. walk) to shoot from above (pics 6014-6017).
|RUS 3/21/16 BNSF WB w/Citirail loco - 6009||RUS 3/21/16 Silverwood w/10 locos - 6010||RUS 3/21/16 Sullivan's BNSF WB - 6011|
|RUS 3/21/16 BNSF WB Auto Carrier - 6012||RUS 3/21/16 on UPT is a UP SB - 6013||RUS 3/21/16 BNSF EB from high above - 6014|
|RUS 3/21/16 UP SB manifest - 6015||RUS 3/21/16 BNSF EB intermodal - 6016||RUS 3/21/16 Same train between the rocks 6017|
Our Swiss Railfans Michael Frei and
Ruedi Schai met each other on Hill 582.
On Good Friday, March 25, 2016, there was an international meet and greet on Hill 582. Don E. Toles was rising the US-Flag for the visitors. Soon after, Marc Fournier and Gary G. Gray joined and later on, Bruce "Doc" Jones showed up.
|RUS 3/25/16 BNSF EB passing Hill 582 - 6018||MIF 3/25/16 Lots of cars on Hill 582 - 6019||MIF 3/25/16 Marc, Ruedi, Bruce - 6020|
|MIF 3/25/16 Bruce, Don, Gary - 6021||RUS 3/25/16 UP NB on UPT - 6022||MIF 3/25/16 UP SB on UPT - 6023|
|MIF 3/25/16 BNSF EB on MT-1 - 6024||RUS 3/25/16 BNSF EB w/Tier 4 loco - 6025||RUS 3/25/16 BNSF EB Auto Carrier - 6026|
|MIF 3/25/16 BNSF WB on MT-2 - 6027||RUS 3/25/16 Sullivan's Curve - 6028||MIF 3/25/16 the 3rd train is a UP EB - 6029|
|MIF 3/25/16 Action w/3 trains - 6030||RUS 3/25/16 BNSF WB intermodal - 6031||RUS 3/25/16 UP SB on UPT Silverwood - 6032|
|RUS 3/25/16 Silverwood from WSI with UP EB on BNSF MT-1 - 6033|
On Saturday, March 26 the Swiss boys
(Michael and Ruedi) went again on Hill 582.
There was a lot of action with several meetings of trains.
|MIF 3/26/16 BNSF WB and UP NB - 6034||MIF 3/26/16 DPU's of BNSF and UP - 6035||MIF 3/26/16 UP and BNSF meet - 6036|
|MIF 3/26/16 DPU's of same trains - 6037||MIF 3/26/16 BNSF WB and EB meet - 6038||MIF 3/26/16 WB on MT-2, EB on MT-1 - 6039|
|MIF 3/26/16 BNSF WB w/Citirail ES44DC - 6040||MIF 3/26/16 WB race of 2 BNSF trains - 6041||MIF 3/26/16 Meet at Silverwood - 6042|
|MIF 3/26/16 BNSF WB intermodal on MT-3 and BNSF EB intermodal on MT-1 at Silverwood - 6043|
On Saturday, April 2 Michael went again on Hill 582.
There was again action on the Hill including a UP Army Train probably going to Yermo.
|MIF 4/02/16 BNSF 3-unit light helper set - 6044||MIF 4/02/16 2nd unit = UP GP39-2 - 6045||MIF 4/02/16 UP rear DPU - BNSF EB meet - 6046|
|MIF 4/02/16 Bloomimg Hill 582 - 6047||MIF 4/02/16 GE Tier 4 ET44Ce - 6048||MIF 4/02/16 UP EB Army Train - 6049|
|MIF 4/02/16 UP EB on BNSF MT-1 - 6050||MIF 4/02/16 Army Train passing Hill 582 - 6051||MIF 4/02/16 UP rear end DPU - 6052|
On Sunday, April 3 Michael went again on Hill 582.
There was again a lot of action on the Hill with train meets including 2 UP Army Trains probably going to Yermo.
|MIF 4/03/16 Robbie the Rattler was here - 6053||MIF 4/03/16 UP DPs ex. SP Dash-9 - 6054||MIF 4/03/16 UP EB Army Train 1 - 6055|
|MIF 4/03/16 This Army Train will use the Silverwood Connector . 6056||MIF 4/03/16 . . to go on BNSF tracks toward Barstow and Yermo - 6057|
|MIF 4/03/16 UP WB and BNSF EB - 6058||MIF 4/03/16 above UP mid train DPU's - 6059||MIF 4/03/16 UP rear end DPU's - 6060|
|MIF 4/03/16 BNSF WB meets UP EB - 6061||MIF 4/03/16 UP w/ex. C&NW Dash-9 - 6062||MIF 4/03/16 2nd UP EB Army Train - 6063|
On July 3, Ryan Slaton went to Cajon
This morning while checking out what would be running around So Cal I noticed a CSX AC4400 was leading an eastbound empty 'ore' train across the Cima Subdivision, it was due Yermo about 14:00 which would make for a nice afternoon run down Cajon. So about noon I drove over to Cajon and spent the remainder of the day on Cajon Pass.
|RS 7/03/16 The CSX led train made great time across the desert from Vegas and was into Yermo by 12:30. Climbing up the eastern slope of the Pass between Lugo and Martinez CSXT 304 and UP 8710 have 70 empty gondolas tied to the drawbar. - 6064||RS 7/03/16 In all my trips to Cajon Pass I had yet to photograph a proper 'race' up the hill. Came close a time or two but never quite got a really good race photo. Well, this afternoon I came as close as I will ever get to a perfect uphill race. Having hiked up onto one of the Mormon Rocks I was awaiting UP's MWCRVC when a few moments after it came into view BNSF 4178 also came into view down below on an eastbound stack. And for my SP fans, this is a race between a westbound and an eastbound. - 6065|
On Saturday August 6, Michael Frei was
back in Southern California and visited Hill 582.
There was again action on the Hill including EMD Tier 4 Demonstrator (SD70ACe T4), Citirail leasing units and a delayed Amtrak WB Southwest Chief with 3 private cars at the end. Last but not least was a light helper set with 11 locos.
|MIF 8/06/16 UP NB on UPT - 6066||MIF 8/06/16 EMD Tier 4 Demonstrator - 6067||MIF 8/06/16 BNSF EB w/Citirail unit - 6068|
|MIF 8/06/16 AT WB on MT-1 - 6069||MIF 8/06/16 w/3 private cars at the end - 6070||MIF 8/06/16 BNSF WB w/4 axle units - 6071|
|MIF 8/06/16 Santa Fe GP60M - 6072||MIF 8/06/16 BNSF 11-unit light helpers - 6073||MIF 8/06/16 6-unit helper set on MT-3 - 6074|
On Sunday August 7, Michael Frei was
back on Hill 582.
A seldom green GP50 and a Tier 3 compatible SD40-2 (remodelled by Progress Rail Service to PR30C) was in the same consist. Michael Frei is working for a Swiss Company (SMA and Partner AG, Zürich). He has to go to their Southern California Office at Santa Ana once in a while. SMA is optimasing railways and timetables. Joel Schaffer is an American working at the same office and he went railfanning with Michael.
For those, who are interested, we are having two links
http://www.sma-partner.com/en/ and http://www.sma-partner.com/en/about-sma/contact/california
|MIF 8/07/16 BNSF WB DBS on MT-2 - 6075||MIF 8/07/16 DPU on EB manifest MT-1 - 6076||MIF 8/07/16 UP NB on UPT - 6077|
|MIF 8/07/16 Another UP NB - 6078||MIF 8/07/16 EB DBS meets WB Autorack - 6079||MIF 8/07/16 BNSF EB w/special units - 6080|
|MIF 8/07/16 BN GP50 and BNSF PR30C - 6081||MIF 8/07/16 UP WB on MT-2, NB above - 6082||MIF 8/07/16 Marc and Joel Schaffer - 6083|
|MIF 8/07/16 Fires in the high desert (Oak Hills) - 6084||MIF 8/07/16 There are 3 trains rolling thru Silverwood - 6085|
On Saturday August 13, Michael Frei visited Hill 582
Today the temperature is around 104°F (40°C) but never a problem for doing some railfanning. First 3 pics were taken from Hill 582 and the other 4 from WSI (West Summit Island) at Silverwood.
|MIF 8/13/16 BNSF WB MT-2, UP SB above 6086||MIF 8/13/16 UP rear end DPU above - 6087||MIF 8/13/16 WB DBS and EB manifest - 6088|
|MIF 8/13/16 WB helper set on MT-2 - 6089||MIF 8/13/16 it is a 11 unit light consist - 6090||MIF 8/13/16 UP WB w/CSX unit - 6091|
|MIF 8/13/16 BNSF EB Ethanol train on MT-1 and above a UP manifest on UPT passing Silverwood seen from WSI - 6092|
On Sunday August 14, Michael Frei
visited again Hill 582.
Even today was a lot of action on Cajon Pass. Seldom seen BNSF SD70ACe in an intermodal train. The second time, I got a EMD Tier 4 Demonstrator. Wow, 9 engines are pulling a UP train. It was again a very satisfactory day.
|MIF 8/14/16 BNSF EB w/EMD SD70ACe - 6093||MIF 8/14/16 UP NB on UPT - 6094||MIF 8/14/16 Full of Graffiti - 6095|
|MIF 8/14/16 UP NB on UPT . . . - 6096||MIF 8/14/16 . . . with 9 engines - 6097||MIF 8/14/16 UP SB w/Tier 4 Demo - 6098|
|MIF 8/14/16 EMD Tier 4 Demonstrator - 6099||MIF 8/14/16 UP NB manifest on UPT - 6100|
16, 2016: Blue Cut Fire hit Cajon Pass very bad.
Freeway I-15 and Highway 138 are all shut down. Also BNSF and UP stopped all trains.
On the UP line (Palmdale Cutoff), a bridge was damaged.
Within 24 hrs, 33'000 acres were covered with fire.
|Please note: The copyright of every photo belongs to the original photographer.|
|8/16/16 CP Walker - BCF-01||8/16/16 Double Stack Train - BCF-02|
|8/16/16 BNSF Intermodal Train - BCF-03||8/16/16 BNSF DPU on same train - BCF-04|
|8/16/16 Highway 138 w/Mormon Rocks - BCF-07||8/16/16 Interstate 15 - BCF-08|
|8/16/16 Mc Donald's at Exit from I-15 to Hwy 138 - BCF-09||8/16/16 The roof cought fire - BCF-10|
Donald's w/melted sign - BCF-10B
(copyright: AP Photo - Noah Berger)
Donald's burned partial roof - BCF-10C
(copyright: Getty Images - Josh Edelson)
|8/16/16 Fire Truck on duty - BCF-11||8/16/16 Overview of the Blue Cut Fires - BCF-12|
|8/16/16 DC-10 Air Tanker (copyright Getty Images Irfan Kahn) - BCF-13||8/16/16 dropping flame retardant (copyright Alex Gallardo) - BCF-14|
|This DC-10 Air Tanker is stationed at Victorville's SCLA (Southern California Logistics Airport)|
|The following photos below are all copyright by ABC7 News (taken from their Helicopter).|
|8/16/16 Where it all started, at Blue Cut - BCF-15||8/16/16 another view of Blue Cut - BCF-16|
|8/16/16 fire between BNSF and UP but also above - BCF-17||8/16/16 below BNSF, in the middle UPT - BCF-18|
|8/16/16 Cajon Station w/I-15 in the foreground - BCF-19||8/16/16 Overview from Summit downhill - BCF-20|
|8/16/16 Summit looking West - BCF-21||8/16/16 BNSF Summit and UP Hiland - BCF-22|
|8/16/16 Martinez in the foreground and Summit - BCF-23||8/16/16 Close up BNSF Summit - BCF-24|
|8/16/16 Highway 138 and Mormon Rocks - BCF-25||8/16/16 left of I-15 is Stein's Hill on fire - BCF-26|
|8/16/16 I-15 Exit # 131 to HWY 138 and Best Western - BCF-27||8/16/16 Location of Mc Donald's - BCF-28|
18, 2016: Blue Cut Fire hit Cajon Pass very bad.
Union Pacific did already start rebuilding the fire damaged bridge at Baldy Mesa Road.
|Please note: The copyright of every photo belongs to the original photographer.|
|8/16/16 Spectacular photo burning UP bridge - BCF-29C|
|8/16/16 UP Bridge at MP 468 Baldy Mesa Road (Alray) - BCF-05||8/16/16 Wooden support pieces were burned - BCF-06|
8/18/16 UP is
already working on the damaged bridge -
Above BNSF MT-1 and MT-2 are alreday back in service.
8/18/16 Close up of bridge. It is on UP's Palmdale Cutoff line. -
Baldy Mesa Road was once old Route 66
|Interesting video about the Blue Cut Fire's impact incl. work on this UP bridge (4'58"): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EDojhaUtTc|
|August 20, 2016: Around 2 p.m. the UP main line is back in service|
|8/20/16 The first UP SB train will pass the rebuilt bridge (This information was provided by Bruce "Doc" Jones) - BCF-29B|
|August 18, 2016: Yes, Hill 582 is intact and survived the bad Blue Cut Fire !!|
DET sent these 2 photos, taken today, by 'a
friend of Hill 582'.
All things considered and after a quick look, the Hill APPEARS to have survived well.
|8/18/16 View from trackside BNSF MT-1 and MT-2 - BCF-30||8/18/16 View from West side - BCF-31|
2016: Don Toles & Jerry Shinar visited Hill 582 this AM - Below is
"Nothing burned on the Hill even though the fire burned at the North end up to the flagpole rocks. The West side didn't burn, but the fire came up the East side but didn't even singe the Hill. Talk about miracles - they do happen!" GGG
|Just heard, from DET, that WSI (West Summit Island) was also spared damage --- although the area AROUND WSI was consumed by the fire. GGG|
|August 19, 2016: Don Toles was able to visit Hill 582 and take some accurate photos|
|DET 8/19/16 dark areas = burned - 6101||DET 8/19/16 both sides are burned - 6102||DET 8/19/16 below it was burned - 6103|
|DET 8/19/16 BNSF and UP tracks - 6104||DET 8/19/16 everything was hit - 6105||DET 8/19/16 Southeast side of the Hill - 6106|
|Lucky, Hill 582 was untouched by these huge fires. Thanks God, there are no more bushes to the top of the Hill which probably protected it !!|
|August 21, 2016: Summit just after the Blue Cut Fire|
|These 2 photos were taken by Gerard of Highland, CA (copyright Track Map)|
|8/21/16 View from Summit overlook (Hwy 138) - BCF-32||8/21/16 View of the burned area looking toward Hiland - BCF-33|
|August 22, 2016: Cajon after the Blue Cut Fire - Part 1|
|Gary Kluge made some accurate photos of the situation after the fire in Cajon Pass. (copyright by Gary Kluge)|
|GK 8/22/16 Looking toward Keenbrook from Cajon Boulevard/old US-66. - 6107||GK 8/22/16 Westbound DPUs between Blue Cut and Keenbrook - 6108||GK 8/22/16 Blue Cut with BNSF tracks. - 6109|
|GK 8/22/16 Swarthout Canyon Road grade crossing of the UP Palmdale Cutoff. - 6110||GK 8/22/16 UP eastbound at Blue Cut. - 6111||GK 8/22/16 Summit overlook, looking east. - 6112|
|GK 8/22/16 Summit overlook, looking west. - 6113||GK 8/22/16 Summit, from the shoulder of Highway 138. - 6114||GK 8/22/16 CHP screens traffic going west on Highway 138 from I-15 while in the background a UP moves west at restricted speed. - 6115|
|GK 8/22/16 Blue Cut w/SWC Xing looking west, from the I-15 turnout/overlook. - 6116||GK 8/22/16 From the same position as above, looking toward the Cozy Dell area. - 6117|
|August 24 and 25, 2016: Cajon after the Blue Cut Fire|
Except for those poor folks who lost most or all, the
Blue Cut fire has dropped off the news.
Marc Fournier returned from his trip to the PNW to find his property untouched ---The fire was stopped about TWO MILES South of Oak Hills !!! In his explorations of the burn area, he got a few interesting images.
|MF 8/24/16 The UPRR Bridge has been repaired & is in operation - 6118||MF 8/24/16 BNSF intermodal on MT-2 seen from Hill 582 - 6119||MF 8/24/16 Hill 582 from South-East side, lucky the top was untouched by the fire - 6120|
|MF 8/25/16 The Summit Inn is gone - 6121||MF 8/25/16 The Summit Inn was a historical place of old Route 66 - 6122||MF 8/25/16 UP Summit / Hiland Siding received a direct Phos-Chek hit - 6123|
|MF 8/25/16 The Cajon Rover sits between UP & BNSF RR's at Cajon Summit - 6124||MF 8/25/16 The old (unused) & new signals at UP Hiland (Cajon Summit) - 6125||MF 8/25/16 PTC Electronic huts at UP Hiland (Cajon Summit) - 6126|
|MF 8/25/16 Looking generally West - the trees are where Chard Walker lived and worked - 6127||MF 8/25/16 Marc decided to drive up on the pictured hill to photograph: - 6128||MF 8/25/16 Looking NE over Chard's old Homestead, the UP, the BNSF & Hwy 138 - 6129|
|August 27, 2016: Cajon after the Blue Cut Fire|
|Michael Frei went to visit Hill 582 after the fire. He also met Don Toles and Marc Fournier. Even Roy showed up, who planted the first Eucalyptus tree on the Hill in the early days.|
|MIF 8/27/16 Marc is talking to Don - 6130||MIF 8/27/16 all burned - 6131||MIF 8/27/16 have a talk on the Hill - 6132|
|MIF 8/27/16 UP NB on UPT - 6133||MIF 8/27/16 Hill 582 looking North - 6134||MIF 8/27/16 BNSF WB light helper set - 6135|
|The Alray area was also burned. The UP bridge over Baldy Mesa Road is back in service. Both end sections have been replaced. Several power lines have been damaged as well. Therefore, some BNSF and UP signals are getting their power with generators. At I-15 Exit # 131 to HWY 138, Best Western Motel, Tel Taco and 76 Gas Station are still waiting for power connection and are all using generators. Mc Donald's and Chevron Gas Station are both closed. Even McDo did not burn down to the ground but it got heavy water damage which requires extensive repairs.|
|MIF 8/27/16 UP bridge at MP 468 . . - 6136||MIF 8/27/16 . . crossing Baldy Mesa Rd - 6137||MIF 8/27/16 damaged end section . . - 6138|
|MIF 8/27/16 . . goes to the scrap yard - 6139||MIF 8/27/16 Marc at former tunnel area - 6140||MIF 8/27/16 damaged power lines - 6141|
|MIF 8/27/16 old box car at Davis Ranch Rd - 6142||MIF 8/27/16 Workers from Edison are repairing the power lines - 6143|
|At WSI, we can see the fire damage and some leftover "red" Phos-Chek dropped from the DC-10 Tanker.|
|MIF 8/27/16 BNSF WB DPU's coming from Summit curve - 6144||MIF 8/27/16 BNSF WB intermodal on MT-2 - 6145|
|August 28, 2016: Cajon after the Blue Cut Fire|
|Michael Frei went again to Hill 582 as it will be his last visit for a while (he has to go back to Switzerland). At least he was able to get a lot of traffic with several meets, in other words, it was satisfactory.|
|MIF 8/28/16 BNSF MT-1 + MT-2 are busy - 6146||MIF 8/28/16 4-axle power with GP60's - 6147||MIF 8/28/16 BNSF WB w/6 units - 6148|
|MIF 8/28/16 DPU with heavy graffiti - 6149||MIF 8/28/16 UP and BNSF Meet - 6150||MIF 8/28/16 UP DPU on WB manifest - 6151|
|MIF 8/28/16 Graffiti at its best - 6152||MIF 8/28/16 BNSF intermodal Meet - 6153||MIF 8/28/16 WB will meet EB DPU - 6154|
|MIF 8/28/16 UP 4009 = EMD SD70M and UP 4885 = EMD SD70M w/flared radiators going downhill on UPT (Palmdale Cutoff) - 6155|
|August 28, 2016: Cajon - Blue Cut Fire Aftermath - Part 2|
|Gary Kluge visited Cajon Pass again this morning as a follow-up to document the areas he wasn't able to access as depicted in Monday's thread (see photos 6107 - 6117 above). Although both BNSF and UP were busy this morning, it was nevertheless sad to see such widespread devasation. GK (copyright by Gary Kluge)|
|GK 8/28/16 Eastbound BNSF as seen from Cajon Boulevard/old US-66 about a mile west of the crossovers at Cajon. - 6156||GK 8/28/16 DPU of the train in Pic 6156 from the base of Stein's Hill in the Mormon Rocks area. - 6157||GK 8/28/16 Same location as Pic 6157, of a UP southbound on UPT. - 6158|
|GK 8/28/16 UP northbound about to cross over Highway 138, shot from the same location as Pics 6157 and 6158. - 6159||GK 8/28/16 Working my way back downhill, BNSF 5267 WB passes the site of Cajon Station on MT-2. - 6160|
|September 2, 2016: Another look at the Blue Cut Fire Aftermath by Gary Gray and Marc Fournier|
BAD NEWS --The USFS has just CLOSED the
Blue Cut Fire Area
Map of closed area: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd517177.pdf
The devastation from the Blue Cut Fire was worse than
I had imagined. In the whole area, over 500 wooden power poles are being
replaced along with many miles of both high & low tension electrical cables.
We also visited with Don on Hill 582 and the three of us ended the tour with lunch at DA DUMP in Hesperia.
We started way above Silverwood - GGG / MF
|GGG 9/02/16 We started way above Silverwood where we saw a UP NB. If you look closely, Jerry S's truck can be seen on WSI. - 6161||GGG 9/02/16 On UPT is the UP NB and below on BNSF track a BNSF WB. - 6162||GGG 9/02/16 We then drove RR West to cross under I-15 to view what's left of the already abandoned Davis Ranch. - 6163|
|GGG 9/02/16 A view of the Mormon Rocks - 6164||GGG 9/02/16 Looking SW across Hwy 138 at the old mine area - 6165||GGG 9/02/16 BNSF EB has traversed Sullivan's Curve and is headed toward Hwy 138 - 6166|
|GGG 9/02/16 UP NB near Hwy 138 (is just coming from Sullivan's Curve) - 6167||GGG 9/02/16 Two pictures (of just a part) of the massive . . . - 6168||GGG 9/02/16 . . . electrical infrastructure repair & replacement - 6169|
|GGG 9/02/16 Two residence images of the most prepared . . . - 6170||GGG 9/02/16 . . . or most lucky (or both) of Cajon residents - 6171||GGG 9/02/16 Repair work on the I-15 /Hwy 138 McDonalds Restaurant - 6172|
|September 17, 2016: Ruedi Schai (Switzerland) made a short visit to Cajon Pass|
The area around Hill 582 looks black and
everything was burned, except the top of Hill 582. Here are photos of these
Hill 582, Sullivan's Curve, Silverwood and WSI (West Summit Island), CP Walker and Mormon Pioneer Trail Monument.
|RUS 9/17/16 Road to Hill 582 - 6173||RUS 9/17/16 the vegetation is gone - 6174||RUS 9/17/16 Hill 582 from the West side - 6175|
|RUS 9/17/16 no green or brown bushes - 6176||RUS 9/17/16 left side was burned - 6177||RUS 9/17/16 seen from North side - 6178|
|RUS 9/17/16 Luxury meets Hill 582 - 6179||RUS 9/17/16 UP NB on UPT - 6180||RUS 9/17/16 delayed Amtrak WB - 6181|
|RUS 9/17/16 BNSF EB manifest - 6182||RUS 9/17/16 below BNSF above UP - 6183||RUS 9/17/16 BNSF EB intermodal - 6184|
|RUS 9/17/16 BNSF WB manifest - 6185||RUS 9/17/16 same train w/DPU's - 6186||RUS 9/17/16 WB intermodal on MT-3 - 6187|
|RUS 9/17/16 BNSF WB pass the Hill - 6188||RUS 9/17/16 on the way to Sullivan's - 6189||RUS 9/17/16 UP entering Sullivan's - 6190|
|RUS 9/17/16 BNSF EB at Sullivan's - 6191||RUS 9/17/16 BNSF WB at Sullivan's - 6192||RUS 9/17/16 rebuilt UP bridge MP 468 - 6193|
|RUS 9/17/16 Silverwood overlook - 6194||RUS 9/17/16 WSI w/blooming bush - 6195||RUS 9/17/16 WSI J.B. Hunt DBS - 6196|
|RUS 9/17/16 WSI BNSF EB - 6197||RUS 9/17/16 WSI signal bridge - 6198||RUS 9/17/16 BNSF WB on MT-2 - 6199|
|RUS 9/17/16 Davis Ranch Road - 6200||RUS 9/17/16 CP Walker - 6201||RUS 9/17/16 CP Walker - 6202|
RUS 9/17/16 photos 6204-6207 were taken here
(red circle) - 6203
(copyright Google Maps)
|RUS 9/17/16 Mormon Pioneer Trail Monument - 6204|
|RUS 9/17/16 old Jaguar - 6205||RUS 9/17/16 house and cars all burned - 6206||RUS 9/17/16 BNSF MT-3 behind - 6207|
October 7, 2016:
Last week, Marc & I hosted Ruedi & Peter (Switzerland) on the hill overlooking the "flyover" at BNSF Cajon Sub MP 39.1.
Nothing new, on the Hill, except for the
"squatters" (homeless encampment ??) visible in # 6213.
BTW, A SQUATTER is a person who unlawfully occupies an uninhabited building or unused land.
GGG / MF
|GGG 10/07/16 BNSF 4164 is EB with a very . . . - 6208||GGG 10/07/16 . . . long and 'pure' UPS "Z" train- 6209||GGG 10/07/16 BNSF 7775 is WB - 6210|
|GGG 10/07/16 BNSF 8133 is WB with a partially empty ballast train -- BTW, it had two DPU's -- for a total of seven running diesels - 6211||GGG 10/07/16 UP 8122 is WB (note the squatter / homeless / . . . - 6212||GGG 10/07/16 . . . / weekend camping encampment ) - 6213|
|October 14, 2016: Highway 138 (East) Realignment Project is now under way.|
For all who are familiar with Hwy 138 while
visitting Cajon Pass, are aware of the old two lane and curvy Highway 138
coming from exit # 131 (I-15) and going to Summit. Several years ago, Hwy
138 has been widened after the exit toward Summit for the first 1.9 mls. But
from that point up to Summit, it is a curvy up and down slow speed
(mountain) road. Three bridges and one undercrossing will be built.
(Hog Ranch Creek Bridge, Vjner's Shack Creek Bridge, OHV Undercrossing, Double Drajn Cheek Bridge)
|Map copyright by Caltrans and RUS - 6214|
more detailed infos with different maps: http://www.spl.usace.army.mil/Portals/17/docs/publicnotices/SR138_realignment.pdf
Hwy 138 looking toward Summit. Photo Courtesy (copyright):
San Bernardino County Sherrif's Department
Hwy 138 is famous for the mountain style road with tight curves, up and down with grade up to 15 %. Every railfan knows this road very well while hanging around Cajon Pass.
Photo copyright: The Daily Press, Victorville, CA
close up of Summit w/BNSF tracks. Photo Courtesy (copyright):
San Bernardino County Sherrif's Department
all photos are copyright by the original
photographer and as
mentioned with each picture.
This curvy and hilly road will be history in
Photo copyright: The Daily Press, Victorville, CA
updated: October 30, 2016
October 29, 2016:
Michael Frei (Switzerland) is back in the USA and went to visit Hill 582 and WSI on 10/29/16.
|After the Blue Cut Fire more than 2 months ago, not much to see in the landscaping because of rain. The Mc Donald's at exit 131 off I-15 is still not in service yet. Michael met Marc on Hill 582 and there was a lot of action with some special highlights.|
|MIF 10/29/16 BNSF WB on MT-2 - 6215||MIF 10/29/16 SF GP60M and GP60 . . . - 6216||MIF 10/29/16 . . . got heavy graffiti - 6217|
|MIF 10/29/16 Two covered hoppers with huge graffities on a UP train on UPT - looks cool - 6218|
|MIF 10/29/16 BNSF EB, above UP NB - 6219||MIF 10/29/16 Same trains are manifest - 6220||MIF 10/29/16 next BNSF EB w/Citirail - 6221|
|MIF 10/29/16 Citiral & BNSF helpers - 6222||MIF 10/29/16 UP WB manifest on MT-2 - 6223||MIF 10/29/16 BNSF EB on MT-1 - 6224|
|MIF 10/29/16 GP60 SF freight colors - 6225||MIF 10/29/16 Marc w/railfans - 6226||MIF 10/29/16 BNSF EB on MT-1 - 6227|
|MIF 10/29/16 "old" AT&SF Dash9 . . . - 6228||MIF 10/29/16 . . . in Warbonnet colors - 6229||MIF 10/29/16 UP above, BNSF below - 6230|
|MIF 10/29/16 another helper set on MT-3 - 6231||MIF 10/29/16 Mid train DPU's - 6232||MIF 10/29/16 from WSI WB on MT-3 - 6233|
updated: November 13, 2016
|October 28 & 29, 2016: We had the pleasure of hosting R & R Scanes (NZ) last month. With Cajon being CLOSED, we spent a few hours at East Victorville and at Cajon Summit on Hwy 138. GGG/RSS|
East Victorville is generally considered the area between the CEMEX
Cement Plant and the BNSF Mojave River Bridges at MP 34.1.
# 6234 - 6238 Multiple views of BNSF 4084 and its DPU's powering a very long & heavy ethanol train WB thru East Victorville.
# 6242 - 6243 BNSF 5520 and DPU's are WB in Hesperia. DPU BNSF 3851 is a newer ET44C4 Tier 4 --all of which means 4400 HP, 4 axles powered and EPA compliant (to the latest regulations). Note also that it appears to have all of the latest electronics (PTC etc) installed.
|GGG 10/28/16 BNSF WB at MP 34.1 - 6234||RSS 10/28/16 Mojave River Bridges - 6235||GGG 10/28/16 WB Ethanol Train - 6236|
|GGG 10/28/16 DPU's of same train - 6237||RSS 10/28/16 Cemex plant visible - 6238||GGG 10/28/16 BNSF 6526 WB on bridge - 6239|
|RSS 10/28/16 BNSF 8257 is EB at EVV - 6240||GGG 10/29/16 same BNSF EB - 6241||RSS 10/29/16 BNSF EB DBS at Hesperia - 6242|
|RSS 10/29/16 BNSF DPU's at Hesperia - 6243||GGG 10/29/16 BNSF 7401 WB Summit - 6244||RSS 10/29/16 BNSF Meet at Summit - 6245|
updated: November 14, 2016
|November 13, 2016: Michael Frei (Switzerland) went to visit Hill 582 on 11/13/16.|
Wow, Cajon Pass with blue sky and approx. 30
° C and in Switzerland we have 0 ° C (freezing-ponit) and cloudy weather.
Glad to see, Michael can do railfanning at its best with lots of action around Hill 582.
|MIF 11/13/16 BNSF Meet - 6246||MIF 11/13/16 action: 3 trains visible - 6247||MIF 11/13/16 huge graffiti on UP train - 6248|
|MIF 11/13/16 above UP DPU on NB manifest and below BNSF EB DBS - 6249||MIF 11/13/16 above UP NB, below BNSF EB intermodal and on MT-3 a UP WB - 6250||MIF 11/13/16 brown leaves (too much heat) was the result of the blue cut fire - 6251|
|MIF 11/13/16 BNSF EB intermodal - 6252||MIF 11/13/16 lots of power with 7 units on this BNSF WB manifest - 6253||MIF 11/13/16 ES44, Genset, GP60M, GP60 and 3 x SD70ACe - 6254|
|MIF 11/13/16 BNSF WB intermodal Z-train - 6255||MIF 11/13/16 Dash-9 still in Santa Fe Warbonnet paint - 6256|
updated: November 20, 2016
|November 19, 2016: Michael Frei (Switzerland) went to Hill 582 for his last visit of this year.|
|Once again, beautiful Southern California blue sky and a lot of action. Michael captured the activities from Hill 582.|
|MIF 11/19/16 UP WB Army Train - 6257||MIF 11/19/16 This Train is on BNSF MT-2 - 6258||MIF 11/19/16 On the UPT is a UP SB - 6259|
|MIF 11/19/16 Manifest above Army train - 6260||MIF 11/19/16 BNSF WB w/leasing unit - 6261||MIF 11/19/16 BNSF WB Ethanol Train - 6262|
|MIF 11/19/16 BNSF EB intermodal - 6263||MIF 11/19/16 BNSF WB w/Citirail unit - 6264||MIF 11/19/16 BNSF WB Auto Carrier - 6265|
updated: December 10, 2016
Frost is MP 39.1 on the BNSF Cajon Sub and is the site of FAMOUS
"Natural Crossover" / Flyover.
Just west of Victorville, CA, the two main
tracks of the BNSF Cajon Sub fly over one another. These three eastbounds
and one westbound were filmed in April 2016 with a DJI Phantom 3 Pro (by The
running time 5'25" - click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elJmffv5L3E
|History of Hill 582 photos - click here||Ranchero Road Project - click here||Colton Flyover Project - click here|
|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|
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|Page 10 with 2015 photos - click here||Page 11 with 2016 photos - click here||blank|
8 different and detailed Maps of Cajon Pass with
captions (Mile Posts and Location) by Gary G. Gray - click
New 4/16: 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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