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Cajon Pass 2010 - Page 2/9

Cajon Pass Photo Collection
May 29 - 31, 2010
by Werner Meer

Updated: July 22, 2010

Hill 582 - Part 1

 

Hill 582 is the "paradise" for the railfans. It is located between BNSF MT-3 (South Track) and BNSF MT-2 and MT-1 (North Tracks). In addition the UPT is just above the BNSF Main 1 & 2. In other words, we have 4 tracks for almost unlimited activities.
A big thank you goes to Don E. Toles and his friends for taking care of this "one of a kind oasis" in the middle of Cajon Pass.
For more in deep information of Hill 582, we have 3 pages incl. the History of Hill 582 "The Early Years" and "The Late Years" written by Don E. Toles. Even a description w/photos "How to Acces Hill 582" can be found on the Hill 582 Main Page.
Take a look - you will be impressed - click here
List of photographers:
Beat (BW) & Christa Wuest (CW), Werner (WM) & Melinda Meer (MM), Switzerland, all photos by WM are not marked.
Guest photographer: none on this page
A big thank you for sharing these excellent pictures with us.
Note: The copyright belongs to these people. Do not use any photos without written permission.

Abbreviations found on this page: EB = East Bound, NB = North Bound, SB = South Bound, WB = West Bound, MT-1 = BNSF Main 1, MT-2 = BNSF MAin 2, MT-3 = BNSF Main 3, UPT = Union Pacific Track, MP = Mile Post, DBS = Double Stack Train, TOFC = Trailer On Flat Car,  SWC = Swarthout Canyon Road Crossing, WSI = West Summit Island

For bigger size photos - please click on the 4-digit number below each photo. (Letters after the number specify the photograhper).

Hill 582 got its name from Milepost - MP 58.2X. The signs from the old signal 582A, the X, W and G have been saved by Don E. Toles and his friends and are now on display together with the other memorials on the Hill. Saturday, May 29, 2010: First, we make a short tour on the Hill to give an idea how it looks. For more in deep information about the History of Hill 582 you may take a look on our Hill 582 pages - click here
Looking North (Mainstreet Hill 582) - 2005 Hill 582 Memorials - 2007 Description of Memorials are on link above - 2006
East side w/bird feeder - 2009 Close up of bird feeder  2030 North side - 2011
Drawbar with Memorials - 2010 MM, drawbar and BNSF MT-1/-2 - 6525 Old man is resting - 6527 MM
MM on new tree trunk seat - 6524 WM on the bench - 6529 MM Can you see the head of another visitor? - 2026
So, we are ready for the first train. It is approx. 8.30 a.m. end of May and there is still some snow on top of Mount San Antonio (San Gabriel Mountains).
BNSF EB coming round the curve - 2012 4 units are pulling this TOFC train - 2013 Just before the signal bridge - 2014
First unit pass the signal bridge - 6519 MM Almost brand new ES44DC - 2015 Just before the Hill - 2016
and afterwards - 2017 As seen from the Van - 6520 MM Thsi TOFC train is a high priority train - 2018
First curve after the Hill - 2019 under signal bridge - 2020 UPS and FedEx need a fast service - 2021
The engines are almost at Silverwood - 2022 nice mix of trailers - 2023 End of train - 2025
After all, our Swiss friends, Beat & Christa WŁest are coming to meet us on the Hill. They know the way from Hwy 138 to the Hill. After the arrival on the Hill, we made a photo session to prove we made it on the Hill, today. (4 "crazy" Swiss are invading the Hill).
Dirt road from Hwy 138 to BNSF MT-3 - 2034 Stop - Look - Listen before RR X-ing - 2035 Follow BNSF MT-3 West - 2036
They are reaching the signal bridge - 2037 Christa is waving - 6532 MM Arrival on the Hill, smiling Beat - 6534 MM
MM, WM, BW, CW - 8052 WM, BW, CW - 6536 MM WM, MM, BW - 6537 CW
  
WM & MM 8001 BW  -  Writing in guest book 8015 Using the bench and the wooden chairs - 8048 BW Christa & Beat - 8019 MM
BNSF WB coil train on MT-2 - 2055 Below is MT-3 - 2056 3 engines in front - 2057
Front and rear of train can be seen - 2058 We are looking North - 2059 The engines are just pass the Hill - 2060
Going downhill toward Alray - 2061 Pass under the signal bridge - 2062 Too many photos from the same train - 2063
Entering curve toward former Tunnel 1 - 2064 above is the UPT - 2065 End of train with DPU's - 2066
Solid consist of coil cars - 2067 Looks different - 2068 2 DPU's (rear end helpers) - 2069
BNSF EB on MT-1 - 2073 It is a combined DBS/TOFC train - 2074 The engines just passed the Hill - 2075
In the distance comes a WB train - 2077 Both trains are visible - 2078 Snaking down MT-3 - 2079
4 engines up front - 2080 "Our" MT-3 RR-Xing to go on the Hill - 2081 Again, combined DBS/TOFC train - 2082
The engines will soon disappear - 2083 2 endles TOFC consists - 2084 Now, we can see both end of trains - 2087
Short Roadway trailer - 2088 Marten trailers are also common - 2089 This is a reefer trailer - 2090
Here comes another BNSF EB on MT-1 - 2091 MM and CW are the perfect match for - 2092 this EB DBS/TOFC train - 2093
Crazy railfans in action - 8017 CW The engines are just passing the Hill - 2094 Much traffic and always time for a photo - 8020 CW
Best friends - Beat & Werner - 6555 MM Christa is walking away - 6556 MM BW and WM are taking lots of photos - 6557 MM
  
Our ladies  8011 BW - as seen from here  8013 BW Going uphill on MT-1 - 2095 and more cars coming - 2096
Almost endless - 2097 MM, CW, BW standing on the North side - 2098 after the DBS cars are the TOFC cars coming  2099
Wow, the first Werner Trailer - 2100 light blue is the Werner Enterprises color - 2101 thank you for showing a Werner trailer - 2102
While the EB train is disappearing - 2103 another WB DBS/TOFC train is coming - 2104 down on MT-3 - 2105
2 UP engines are up front - 2106 Interesting combination with DBS in front, - 2107 followed by TOFC and again DBS - 2108
UP GE C45AC 4500 HP - 2109 still more cars to come - 2110 the lead units are almost out of sight - 2111
colorful containers - 2112 finally we can see the end of train - 2113 just 1 DPU (rear end helper) - 2114
EMD SD70ACe 4300 HP - 2115 rolling downhill - 2116 Beat is catching the end - 2117
UP EB on MT-1 - 2119 up front are DBS cars - 2120 UP 7785 = GE C45AC 4500 HP - 2121
2nd unit is a EMD SD70M 4000 HP - 2122 same train with Auto Carriers after DBS cars - 2123 in the distance is a BNSF WB coming down - 2124
the UP EB locos turn to the right - 2125 more Auto Racks - 2126 Profidence & Worcester RR Auto Rack - 2127
here comes the BNSF WB on MT-2 - 2128 TTX articulated Auto carrier - 2129 action on the Hill - 6568 MM
BNSF WB is also combined DBS/Auto - 2130 the headlights reflect on the TTX car - 2131 behind the Racks are again DBS cars - 2132
it looks like all DBS cars - 2133 which one should be taken? - 6569 MM both BNSF North tracks are occupied -  2134
never ending action - 2135 lots of containers - 2136 the BNSF WB is also having Auto Racks - 2137
the UP EB train is having 3 helpers - 2138 a long string of Auto Carriers - 2139 Auto-Max is also an articulated Auto Rack - 2140
new BNSF wedge logo - 2141 graffity does not stop on these cars as well - 2142 even more graffity - 2143
it looks like a big wall of cars - 2144 finally end of WB train - 2145 great action - satisfied WM - 8057 BW
After this combined Double Stack and Auto Carrier train, we moved to another location (Summit, Silverwood) which can be seen in the future on our 2010 Cajon Pass Photo collection pages. The next day, Sunday, May 30, 2010, we made appointment on Hill 582. But while driving the dirt road coming from HWY 138 there was already heavy action on MT-3 and we could not cross the tracks. Also Beat & Christa parked their SUV on the South side of MT-3 and we were lucky of getting 3 trains just below Hill 582.
We are on the way to the Hill - 2335 and we see a BNSF WB mixed freight - 2337 on MT-3 going downhill - 2338
Canadian grain hopper - 2339 our road to reach MT-3 and the Hill - 2341 2 BNSF DPU's below Hill 582 - 2342
next are 2 BNSF trains on MT-1 and MT-2 - 2343 no time to proceed to the Hill - 2344 BNSF MT-3 RR X-ing - 2345
we counted 12 units - 2346 Hill 582 is visible from here - 2347 Goodbye, Hill 582, for today - 2348
Today, May 30, we finally decided to go to other locations (Alray, Mormon Rocks, Sullivan's Curve) which can be seen on our 2010 photo pages.
Next day, Monday May 31, 2010 was a very special day because we met our good friend, Don Toles, again after almost 2 years. Thank you Don for your warm welcome in rising the American flag just for us. More friends came on the Hill this Monday morning incl. Keith Schreiber, Lane & Helen Frank w/family and Bruce & Joy Jones. There were even 2 unknown gentlemen, a Swiss (living in California) and a retiree (his friend).
Don is putting the US Flag - 3037 Welcome to Hill 582, - 6653 MM the best place at Cajon Pass - 6651 MM
The first train is a UP NB on UPT - 3039 This UP DBS will go to Palmdale and - 3040 over Tehachapi Pass - 3041
WM is already running around - 8017 KS UP 7455 = GE ES44AC - 3042 UP 4490 = EMD SD70M - 3043
UP EB on BNSF MT-1 - 3045 Both locos are EMD SD70ACe - 3046 UP uphill with bare table cars - 3047
Next is a BNSF WB DBS on MT-2 - 3049 All 3 locos are GE ES44DC's - 3050 Passing under the signal bridge - 3051
diff. height containers are mixed - 3052 J.B. Hunt (big domestic carrier) - 3053 below 2 x 20' and above 40' - 3054
Railfan (retiree), Joy and Melinda - 3056 Another BNSF WB DBS coming downhill - 3057 GE ES44DC locos - 3058
Solid GE ES44DC lashup - 3059 unknown Swiss taking photos - 3060 WM, Swiss, retiree, Lane Frank - 8022 KS
Last photo of this DBS train - 3062 Melinda, Lane, Bruce, Keith - 3061 BNSF EB coming uphill on MT-3 - 3063
Just before "our" RR X-ing - 3064 An endless string of empty DBS cars - 3065 heading for Summit - 3067
South side with plenty cars - 3068 Here comes the next WB DBS train - 3069 MM became a real railfan - 8024 KS
Looking and photo taking people - 8020 KS The engines just passed the Hill - 3070 and are already at the signal bridge - 3071
DBD trains are the big business - 3072 Invasion on the Hill (incl. 4 ladies) - 3073 Yet another BNSF EB bare table - 3074
Going uphill on MT-1 - 3075 Well Car with heavy Graffiti - 3076 Next DBS WB on MT-2 - 3077
Empty and loaded well cars - 3078 This is Hill 582 vegetation, MM & Bruce - 3079 2 trains at the same time - 3080
Unusual BNSF logo in yellow color - 3081  Photo taken from North side of the Hill - 3082 Rolling towards former Tunnel area - 3083
Single level container load in between - 3084 WM with official BNSF cap - 8028 KS  Looking North/East - 3085
20' Tank Containers in between - 3086 WM and BJ taking photos - 8035 KS Bruce & Joy Jones with Don Toles - 3087
After having a lot of fun (and trains) on and around the Hill, the group wanted to go for lunch at da Dump (Molly Brown's Restaurant) at Hesperia.
But after crossing BNSF MT-3, we had to stop and park our cars quickly because there was a UP WB train coming down on BNSF MT-2.
Hill 582, BNSF MT-3 RR X-ing - 3088 UP WB on BNSF MT-2 - 3089  BNSF MT-1 and MT-2 = 2,2% garde - 3090
 In the foreground is BNSF MT-3 = 3% grade - 3091  All GE lashup - 3092 Hill 582, we will sure come back - 3093
We had a great time with our friends from Hill 582 on Monday, May 31, 2910. On Part 2 (click below) we spent almost the whole day on and around Hill 582. 
We also met another group of 5 Swiss friends on the Hill.

Did you see Part 2 ?

Cajon Pass
Hill 582  Part 2

by Werner Meer
June 1, 2010

Updated: 7/26/10
WM 6/01/10 BNSF EB w/9 locos - 3222 See all 239 photos - click here WM 6/01/10 North side of Hill 582 - 3334

Did you see Part 3 ?

Cajon Pass
Hill 582  Part 3

by Werner Meer
June 2 + 4, 2010

Updated: 7/31/10
KS 6/02/10 - Don with question - we say, yes - 161 See all 261 photos - click here WM 6/02/10 - Railfanning at its best - 2604

Here you find some maps and more infos about Cajon Pass and the Tunnels, which are gone:

8 different and detailed Maps of Cajon Pass with captions (Mile Posts and Location) by Gary G. Gray - click here
(Very helpful to find the locations between Summit and Blue Cut incl. Hill 582)
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
Simple Maps about Cajon Pass: click here
Railfan Map of Cajon Pass by Joe Perry:  http://www.chasingsteel.com/storage/RailfanMapofCajon%20Pass.pdf 
Map of Cajon Area (Inland Empire): http://www.visitcalifornia.de/media/pages/getting_around/maps/INLAND-EMPIRE.pdf 
Cajon Pass Map by Wikimapia (easy to enlarge every location):  http://wikimapia.org/#lat=34.3223857&lon=-117.4707127&z=14&l=0&m=s&v=9 
Here are photos of the 2 tunnels before construction started: click here

 

Did you see page 1/9 ? - click here - Aerial Photos Did you see page 2/9 ? - click here - Hill 582 Part 1
Did you see page 3/9 ? - click here - Hill 582 Part 2 Did you see page 4/9 ? - click here - Hill 582 Part 3
Did you see page 5/9 ? - click here - Summit/Silverwood Did you see page 6/9 ? - click here - Alray Tunnel Area
Did you see page 7/9 ? - click here - Sullivans Curve Did you see page 8/9 ? - click here - Mormon Rocks
Did you see page 9/9 ? - click here - along Cajon Blvd. Go back to my Cajon 2010 Photo Main Page - click here

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