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updated: March 20, 2017 (photos 7046-7054)

Cajon Pass Photo Collection 12/12
2017

I am very pleased to show some exclusive photos of these photographers:
Don E. Toles (DET), Gary G. Gray (GGG), Marc Fournier (MF),
Bruce "Doc" Jones (BJ)


Guest Photographers: to be announced
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

Bonus Photos - non Cajon Pass - are at the bottom of this page (just scroll down)

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)..

Marc Fournier contributed the first photos for our 2017 album.
Last week, all of CA was hit by three powerful storms. NorCal received many feet of snow while SoCal mainly had a heavy rain event. The day after the final storm headed East (1/23/17), Marc decided to explore Cajon. The UP/SP Palmdale Cutoff & the road following it were both closed as was Hwy 138, due to large boulders and mud flows. The only way open into Cajon was USFS 3N45, the steep dirt (MUD) road from the Summit Inn. After working his way around three vehicles mired in mud up to their axles, he made it to Hill 582 & WSI. Obviously, he did not spend any great amount of time in the Canyon, since he still had to get out of there. His escape was made via the steep ups & downs of the maintence roads for the HIGH TENSION ELECTRICAL towers.
On 24 Jan, Marc picked me up & we drove around, finally stopping near Oro Grande.  (MF/GGG)
MF 01/23/17 Hill 582 - 7001 MF 01/23/17 East from Hill 582 - 7002 MF 01/23/17 BNSF 7719 WB - 7003
MF 01/23/17 WSI BNSF 5275 WB - 7004 MF 01/23/17 WSI same train - 7005 GGG 01/24/17 UP 9037 DPU EB Oro Grande 7006
MF 01/24/17 BNSF 3918 WB Oro Grande - 7007 GGG 01/24/17 close up BNSF 3918 WB - 7008 GGG 01/24/17 USAF C-17 - 7009
# 7009 USAF C-17 from March AFB shooting (practice) landings at SCLA (former George AFB) --- yeah, it was as low as pictured. (GGG)

 

1/30/17: Marc, Gary and friends spent a day at WSI (West Summit Island)
Marc called and off we went to West Summit Island to meet with Bob W., his son & nephew. It was a beautiful day with friends & a load of trains -- all using the BNSF #2 track. Our first train was interesting -- ONE TRAIN - THREE RAILROADS with FERROMEX 4653 as #4) and with CSX 3435 as the rear DPU.   GGG/MF
GGG 01/30/17 UP 7986 EB - 7010 GGG 01/30/17 Ferromex 4653 - 7011 GGG 01/30/17 CSX 3435 DPU same train - 7012
GGG 01/30/17 BNSF 6563 EB - 7013 GGG 01/30/17 BNSF 4117 DPU same train - 7014 GGG 01/30/17 UP 8644 WB manifest - 7015
GGG 01/30/17 same UP WB w/CSX - 7016 MF 01/30/17 UP WB (below is MT-3) - 7017 GGG 01/30/17 UP 8731 WB intermodal - 7018
GGG 01/30/17 same UP WB - 7019 GGG 01/30/17 UP 5468 DPU same train - 7020 MF 01/30/17 BNSF 7617 WB - 7021

 

3/09/17: Marc and Gary went to Gray's Hill
Marc & I drove up to Gray's Hill today --- no sign of road construction yet. However, we were surprised by the appearance of the BNSF Business Train which has been roaming the SW lately. So, from the Flyover at BNSF Cajon Sub MP 39.1, BNSF 4293 is EB to Barstow.   GGG/MF
GGG 03/09/17 BNSF 4293 EB at MP 39.1 - 7043 GGG 03/09/17 BNSF Business Train - 7044 GGG 03/09/17 On the way to Barstow - 7045

 

3/17/17: A visit to Frost MP 38 (Mojave Narrows)
Friend Harold R. was camped at Mojave Narrows Regional Park adjacent to BNSF Cajon Sub MP 38 (FROST). It was a great Mojave Desert spring day with plenty of trains. The ONLY complaint we could muster was that all our trains were BNSF --- hardly worth mentioning !!!

# 7046-7048: BNSF MONSTER TRAIN --- BNSF 6265 (with Mid train & trailing DPU's) is WB.
# 7051-7052: BNSF 8011 is EB through the Frost Forest on the Kemper Campbell Ranch. Our spring rains (all 7 inches), have really added color to our desert scenery.  GGG
GGG 03/17/17 BNSF 6265 WB - 7046 GGG 03/17/17 BNSF Mid Train DPU's - 7047 GGG 03/17/17 BNSF Rear End DPU - 7048
GGG 03/17/17 BNSF 7719 WB - 7049 GGG 03/17/17 BNSF DPU's on same train - 7050 GGG 03/17/17 BNSF 8011 EB near KCR - 7051
GGG 03/17/17 Sam train to the Narrows - 7052 GGG 03/17/17 BNSF 6685 WB - 7053 GGG 03/17/17 BNSF 7763 WB - 7054

Bonus Photos

Marc Fournier visited Tehachapi Loop on January 2, 2017
In early January, Marc visited the Tehachapi Loop and was invited onto Loop Ranch Property.

# 7501 Monument Hill in middle of the loop.
# 7502 - # 7506 From Monument Hill BNSF 6988 leads "THE GRAIN" or "THE WORM" Train NB through Tunnel 10 and onto THE LOOP. This very long & heavy train had nine diesel units in 4 X 3 X 2 configuration.
# 7507 & # 7508 BNSF 6587 is NB with the NS 1071 (Jersey Central RR) heritage unit.    MF
MF 01/02/17 Loop Memorial Cross - 7501 MF 01/02/17 BNSF 6988 NB w/T-10 - 7502 MF 01/02/17 Loop Ranch - 7503
MF 01/02/17 same train w/DPU's - 7504 MF 01/02/17 we are inside the Loop - 7505 MF 01/02/17 mid train DPU's - 7506
MF 01/02/17 BNSF 6587 NB - 7507 MF 01/02/17 NS Heritage Unit - 7508 MF 01/02/17 BNSf 4316 SB Caliente - 7509

 

Bruce "Doc" Jones and Spike visited Daggett on February 2, 2017
Spike and I took a trip out to Daggett for a great (and much-needed for me) train fix. It's a great place to watch trains. It's where the UP Salt Lake route joins the BNSF rails for the trip down Cajon Pass. It's a very busy place. All UP and BNSF traffic has to go by, including the BNSF traffic via the Mojave Sub. toward Tehachapi. It's also a real racetrack with 79/70 (freight/passenger) speed limit. Between 11.00 h and 17.00 h we saw 20 trains.

BTW, if you Google "Daggett" there is a ton of information on the place.

Thanks to all for looking and enjoy. Bruce "Doc" Jones
BJ 02/02/17 BNSF 8516 WB intermodal toward Barstow - 0009
BJ 02/02/17 UP 5266 WB from Yermo - 0031 BJ 02/02/17 same UP entering BNSF rails - 0033 BJ 02/02/17 UP DPU 7376 same train - 0052
BJ 02/02/17 BNSF 3839 EB from Barstow - 0058 BJ 02/02/17 BNSF EB meets BNSF WB - 0070 BJ 02/02/17 NS 1105 on DPU EB - 0074
BJ 02/02/17 a beautiful day to be trackside - 0088 BJ 02/02/17 EB meets WB - both at speed - 0092 BJ 02/02/17 tail ends of both trains - 0095
BJ 02/02/17 UP 7239 "clears its throat" coming up the slight climb from Yermo and getting the signal to enter BNSF rails - 0101 BJ 02/02/17 UP 7239 on a loaded coal train headed WB  - 0106 BJ 02/02/17 UP 4441, SD70M, on the "coaler"
 - 0112
BJ 02/02/17 2 EMD SD70M's DPU on the "coaler"
 - 0129
BJ 02/02/17 GE Tier 4 unit on BNSF 5056 WB
 - 0139
BJ 02/02/17 time for some track inspection
 - 0140

 

Marc & Gary joined Bruce "Doc" Jones and Spike going to Daggett on February 15, 2017
Last Wed (2/15/17), Marc & I joined Doc Jones & Spike (Omaha, NE) for a Daggett day- including lunch at Peggy Sue's "50's diner" in Yermo.  http://www.peggysuesdiner.com/

# 7002 & # 7023 Our first train was the BNSF "Cadiz Turn" pulled by newly rebuilt & repainted GP60M's 148, 119, 101 & 144. My shot was ruined when Doc jumped in front of my camera --- earning him the new nickname of "WIDELOAD". This power, at Cadiz, will trade trains with the AZ & CA RR and return to Barstow.
# 7024 & # 7025 UP 7505 & DPU leave BNSF tracks and head NE to Yermo on UP rails. 
# 7027
BNSF 4664 is WB with KCS unit. This train had just 'runaround' the train in the background.   GGG/MF
GGG 02/15/17 BNSF 148 EB GP60M - 7022 GGG 02/15/17 4-unit GP60M's - 7023 GGG 02/15/17 UP 7505 to Yermo - 7024
GGG 02/15/17 UP DPU same train - 7025 GGG 02/15/17 BNSF 4052 EB + Citirail unit 7026 GGG 02/15/17 BNSF 4664 WB w/KCS - 7027
GGG 02/15/17 BNSF 5645 WB + warbonnet 7028 GGG 02/15/17 BNSF 7025 East - 7029 GGG 02/15/17 BNSF 6576 West - 7030
GGG 02/15/17 BNSF 7121 is EB. - 7031 GGG 02/15/17 BNSF 7147 is WB. - 7032 GGG 02/15/17 BNSF 7717 is EB  - 7033
GGG 02/15/17 - 7034  UP 8016 transitions - - - GGG 02/15/17- - from UP Yermo onto - - 7035 - - BNSF - WB to Barstow. GGG 02/15/17 - 7036
GGG 02/15/17 Marc got some interesting images: (See 7038 and 7039)
- 7037
MF 02/15/17 A commercially owned (TBM of the Fresno, CA area) senior citizen C-130A flies Downwind for landing at Barstow-Daggett APT.- 7038 MF 02/15/17 A cut of BRAND NEW tank cars EB from BNSF Daggett - 7039
TBM Inc. Hercules C130-A on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4ysPE6dAmQ
Spike & Bruce stayed an extra hour in Daggett to capture the low sun and gathering clouds. Two days later a storm hit Southern California. It was the worst of the season and the worst in many years for the entire state.
BJ 02/15/17 BNSF 8068 is EB through Daggett
- 7040
BJ 02/15/17 BNSF 8222 is EB Daggett  - 7041 BJ 02/15/17 DPU for BNSF 8222 East passes two Helper sets East of Daggett - 7042

 

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8 different and detailed Maps of Cajon Pass with captions (Mile Posts and Location) by Gary G. Gray - click here
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