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Cajon Pass 2010 - Page 5/9

Cajon Pass Photo Collection
May 29 - June 2, 2010
by Werner Meer

Updated: April 2, 2011

Summit, West Summit Island, Silverwood

 

This time, Melinda (my wife) came also along and she sure enjoyed this trip, doing a lot of railfanning. We met Beat & Christa Wuest (Switzerland) and we had 2 fantastic days in exploring Cajon Pass from Summit to Silverwood, Hill 582, Alray, Mormon Rocks, Sullivan's Curve down to Swarthout Canyon Road and old Route 66 (Cajon Blvd).
On this page, we are going to show photos we took at Summit and Silverwood.

List of photographers: Beat & Christa Wuest (BW), Werner & Melinda Meer (MM) (Switzerland).
Guest photographers: Gary G. Gray, (USA).
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,  SWC = Swarthout Canyon Road Crossing, WSI = West Summit Island, USFS = United States Forest Service Road.

For bigger size photos - please click on the 4-digit number below each photo.

To get a better idea about these locations you can find 3 aerial photos (wich I took during this trip) with captions by Gary Gray.
Summit MP 55.9  195-1 West Summit Island MP 56.7  195-2 Silverwood MP 57.2  195-3

 

Part 1: Summit and Silverwood
On Saturday, May 29, 2010, after our visit to Hill 582, we went in the afternoon to Summit MP 55.9 with Beat & Christa WŁest. Summit is easy to reach using Hwy 138 from I-15 intersection going uphill. Just above Summit Cut there is a space for parking the car and you can look down to Summit. All 3 BNSF tracks are together with switches to move trains from one to the other track. The UP track (Colton-Palmdale) cutoff is above BNSF Summit and is called: Hiland. Hardly visible on photo 2146 above left (below powerline towers).
BNSF Summit looking East - 2146 BNSF WB DBS on MT-3 - 2147 Security office at left - 2148
train is changing from MT-3 to MT-2 - 2149 rolling into Summit cut - 2150 no comment - 2151
BNSF 7803 = GE ES44DC - 2152 BNSF 4020 = GE C44-9W - 2153 Summit curve looking West - 2154
Engines will soon reach WSI - 2155 we have a solid DBS train - 2157 Werner ready for the next photo - 8003 BW
the ladies and Beat are railfanning - 2158 because it is a long train - 2159 there is always time to talk - 2165
detail of two double stack well cars - 2160 MOL containers are at the end - 2161 the last cars leaving Summit curve - 2162
our DBS train can be seen in the distance - 2167 Security pick up coming home - 2168 the security office is at Summit - 2169
UP SB on UPT cutoff at Hiland - 2171 UP mixed freight going downhill - 2172 mid train helpers - 2173
On Sunday, May 30, 2010, instead of visitting Hill 582 again, we decided to go to Silverwood with Beat & Christa WŁest. Silverwood is below Summit at MP 57.2X (see aerial photos 195-2 and 195-3) From Hwy 138 we took the Powerline road (USFS 3N45) and before BNSF MT-3 we made a left turn and drove up to the Silverwood lookout (space for 3-4 cars). Here we can see all 4 tracks (BNSF and UP). No wonder, once all 4 tracks were occupied with a train at the same time. Do not be surprised why the ladies are running around with an umbrella. Christa offered her Cowboy hat to Werner because of the heavy burned ears.
Silverwood lookout has nice size parking - 2482 Werner, Beat & Christa busy talking - 6597 MM sun protection for Christa & Melinda - 2448
BNSF WB TOFC on MT-2 - 2449 the engines just passed WSI - 2450 Powerline road overpass - 2452
4 GE locos on 2,2% grade track - 2453 BNS 7756/7752 = ES44DC locos - 2454 ths is a solid TOFC train - 2455
rolling downhill toward Hill 582 - 2456 same train with more cars pass WSI - 2457 guarantee no sunburn, our train is at right - 2458
the engines are already at Hill 582 - 2459 more trailers pass Powerline road - 2460 Roadway and UPS mark end of train - 2461
BNSF WB DBS/TOFC on MT-3 - 2462 the train is still at WSI - 2463 getting closer - 2464
RR-Xing of Powerline road - 2465 BNSF 7482 = GE ES44DC, built 2008 - 2466 we are elevated to MT-3 - 2467
2nd unit BNSF 7697 = GE ES44DC - 2468 4 units are taking the curve downhill - 2469 after the DBS cars are TOFC's in the distance - 2470
after Schneider are J.B. Hunt containers - 2471 above the engines is Hill 582 - 2472 close up of Hill 582 - 2473
2 Werner trailers are also included - 2474 I am always happy to see WE trailers - 2476 light blue is the color of WE company - 2477
did you see the WE page? - click here - 2479 several Swift trailers are at the back - 2480 long train snaking down on MT-3 - 2481
BNSF EB bare table (empty DBS cars) - 2483 Beat & Werner in action - 6598 MM BNSF 7538 & 7457 = ES44DC's - 2484
2 locos are good enough for the empty cars - 2485 diff. grade: MT-3 = 3%, MT-1/2 = 2,2 % - 2486 running around like crazy - 6599 MM
Santa Fe Econo Stack Cars - 2487 BNSF Twin Stack Cars - 2488 Beat taking pictures - 6600 MM
TTX Well Cars - 2489 even graffiti does not stop on these cars - 2490 how convenient, waiting for the next train - 8043 BW
MM said, go out and chase the trains - 2491 yes madam, here comes a UP EB on MT-2 - 2492 UP 7705 = GE C45AC/CTE, built 2007 - 2493
UP 4122 = EMD SD70M, built 2000 - 2494 UP 9806 = GE C44-9W, built 1994 - 2495 the engines are crossing Powerline Road - 2496
Today, we were very lucky as we got 4 trains at the same time at Silverwood. The first train was a UP EB DBS on BNSF MT-2 going uphill (see photos 2492 - 2497). The second train was again a UP using the Silverwood connector from BNSF to UP tracks (starting with photo 2498). The third train was a BNSF EB (bare table) on MT-1 (starting with photo 2506). And finally train no. 4 was a BNSF WB coming down on MT-3 (starting with photo 2513). To see all 4 trains on the same picture, we should have a panoramic camera.
UP EB on BNSF MT-2 is train no. 1 - 2497 train 1 at left, train 2 at right - 2498 train 2: UP WB at powerline tower - 2499
meet of train 1 and 2 (left of tower) - 2500 train 1: UP EB DBS w/K Line cont. - 2501 the overlook is almost eye level to MT-1/2 - 6602 MM
engines of train 2 are above train 1 - 2502 this UP train moved from BNSF to UPT - 8034 BW Powerline road is crossing all tracks - 6604 MM
both trains pass Powerline road - 2503 Beat is thinking of the next photo - 2504 the cowboys are looking at the trains - 6605 MM
Cajon is the place for great activities - 2505 first engines of UP train 2 on UPT - 6606 MM both "boys" are very exited - 6607 MM
Christa is also active in taking photos - 6608 MM between the containers is a BNSF loco EB - 2506 UP DPU's helping the UP DBS EB train 1 - 6609 MM
First, we did not realize train 3 as it was also coming uphill on MT-1, parallel to the UP DBS on MT-2. On photo 2506, just behind the Evergreen container is one of the two BNSF locos visible. On photo 6609, this train 3 cannot be seen because the UP (train 1) DBS cars and locos are covering the empty DBS cars. But when you look close on photo 2507, you can see a well car left of the UP DPU's (helpers). On photo 2508, there is a undecorated F40PH included in the UP SB (train 2) and just below we can see the top of a DBS well car, which belongs to train 3 and the last UP DPU of train 1.
Above train 2: UP SB w/5 units and F40PH - 2507 This F40PH is probably a transfer - 2508 Train 1 above and train 3 below - 6611 MM
One shot = 3 trains on one picture - 6612 MM the parallel race on BNSF MT-1 and MT-2 - 2509 soon, the BNSF train 3 will slow down - 8042 BW
Train 3: BNSF EB is slowing down - 2510 because train 1; UP EB is having priority - 2511 Auto racks on train 2 above DBS train 1 - 2512
Beat & Werner can see train 4 at right - 6613 MM here we go - train 4 is a BNSF WB DBS - 2513 behind train 4 is still train 1 going to summit - 2514
full size graffiti box car on UP train 2 - 2515 who did ever expect to see a 4th train - 6615 MM train 2: UP, train 3: BNSF, train 4: BNSF - 2516
left BNSF train 3, right BNSF train 4 - 6617 MM BNSF EB on MT-1, BNSF WB on MT-3 - 2517 DPU's of UP train 2, below train 3 - 2518
BNSF EB train 3 is on hold - 2519 train 4 with 4 GE diesels on MT-3 - 2520 just before Powerline road X-ing - 6620 MM
BNSF 7768 = GE ES44DC, built 2005 - 2521 empty DBS cars of train 3 are above train 4 - 2522 2nd unit # 5265 = C44-9W, built 2001 - 2523
nice view because we are elevated to MT-3 - 2524 train 3 and 4 can be seen - 2525 soon, train 3 will slowly start moving - 2526
once again, 3 trains visible - 2527 no comment - 2528 diff. angle taken by Melinda - 6623 MM
lots of J.B. Hunt containers - 2529 nice mix of containers on train 4 - 6624 MM see the diff. angle between photo 2530 and 6625 MM
Schneider and J.B. Hunt containers - 2530 both trains are passing Hill 582 - 2532 Hill 582 in the middle of train 4 and train 2 - 2533
Beat takes one more photo - 2531 train 3 (BNSF EB) is rolling uphill above - 2534 after the DBS cars are some TOFC's - 2536
last photo before the trains are gone - 2535 we are leaving the Silverwood overlook - 6626 MM and go back to Powerline road - 6630 MM
We were satisfied at this location as we had great activities. We are leaving Silverwood on these dirt roads (6626 - 6630) from the overlook and go back on Powerline road (3N45) to Hwy 138 and proceed to Alray (former Tunnel area). These photos will be shown in the future on a separate page. Just be patient as it takes a while to prepare the photos.

 

Part 2: Lugo - Summit and West Summit Island (Silverwood)
June 2, 2010: As we are driving on Summit Valley Road coming from Hesperia, we got a UP EB train on BNSF tracks at Lugo (East of Summit)
6/02/10 UP EB intermodal train  - 4217 Summit Valley Road is now paved - 4218 - 4219
- 4220 there are even some Auto Carriers - 4221 - 4222
DPU's are visible - 4223 - 4224 last photo of this location - 4225
6/02/10: Cajon Summit as seen from Highway 138 above the Summit cut. There is enough space to park the car. Photos 4226 - 4229 show a Union Pacific NB mixed freight on the UPT (former SP) at Hiland (Colton-Palmdale Cutoff). Photos 4230 - 4243 show BNSF Summit with a BNSF EB Double Stack train on MT-1.
6/02/10 UP NB at Hiland - 4226 left above UP Hiland, below BNSF Summit - 4227 UP mixed freight heading for Palmdale - 4228
UP DPU's w/mixed freight - 4229 BNSF Summit Curve looking West - 4230 BNSF EB on MT-1 - 4231
EB intermodal heading for Barstow - 4232 Triple track will end at Lugo - 4233 BNSF 7403 = GE ES44DC - 4234
BNSF 7607 = GE ES44DC - 4235 - 4236 Summit looking East - 4237
New signal bridge at Summit - 4238 - 4239 - 4240
- 4241 - 4242 End of train w/tank containers - 4243
6/02/10: West Summit Island MP 56.7 (WSI) is below Summit Curve and between BNSF MT-1/2 and MT-3. This location is actually Silverwood. A great place to watch trains close up. We can also see the Silverwood Connector which connects BNSF MT-1 with the UPT. Therefore, UP can switch trains coming from Colton Yard to Barstow and Daggett (both directions). All photos were taken from WSI (see photos at the end).
6/02/10 BNSF WB leaving Summit Curve - 4244 Going downhill on MT-2 - 4245 BNSF MT-3 at right - 4246
BNSF 4082 = GE C44-9W - 4247 BNSF 7863 = GE ES44DC built 2010 - 4248 - 4249
- 4250 The engines did already pass USFS 3N45 - 4253 Signal bridge EBCS Silverwood - 4251
- 4254 nice view from the inside of our van - 6720 MM - 4255
chasing trains at its best - 6721 MM sitting on the trunk and taking pictures - 6722 MM still not tired to get up - 6723 MM
- 4256 - 4257 WSI is a safe place for railfanning - 4258
next BNSF WB at Summit curve - 4260 it is again on MT-2 - 4261 BNSF 7468 = ES44DC built 2008 - 4262
5 locos will use their dynamic brakes - 4263 taking photo 4264 from the seat - 6725 MM first loco pass EBCS Silverwood - 4264
Eye level with the locos - 6726 MM time to get up for another shot - 6727 MM no time to rest - 6728 MM
the result of taking photo 6727- 4265 - 4266 - 4267
the engines are passing 3N45 . . . - 4268 . . . and a BNSF EB is coming on MT-1 - 4269 BNSF WB in front of EB intermodal - 4270
WB intermodal on MT-2 - 4271 engines of EB are visible above containers - 4272 still the same WB train - 4273
EB train is getting closer - 4274 - 4275 first loco between the containers - 4276
now, the EB locos pass EBCS Silverwood - 4277 . . . and will soon enter Summit curve - 4278 finally, we can see the end of the WB train - 4279
- 4280 last cars of the WB are rolling downhill - 4281 and the EB intermodal is keep on going - 4282
- 4283 at the end are some TOFC cars - 4284 last photo of BNSF EB toward Summit - 4285
watch, a UP EB is coming uphill - 6731 MM it is on MT-1 above MT-3 at 3N45 . . . - 4286 . . and is finally coming around the curve - 6732 MM
ready to take photo 4287 - 6733 MM only one loco in front and one at the rear end - 4287 all solid double stack train - 4288
taking the next photo - 6735 MM UP 7426 = GE C45ACCTE built 2009 - 4289 4400 HP - 4290
it is rolling under the signal bridge - 4291 UP is having trackage rights on BNSF . . . - 4292  . . . from San Bernardino to Daggett - 6736 MM
single well car - 4293 checking the camera (nothing missed?) - 6729 MM the rear end DPU can be seen - 4294
this train has just 2 locos - 4295 UP 7809 = GE C45ACCTE built 2008 - 4296 it is remote controlled from the front end - 4297
pass EBCS Silverwood . . . - 4298 . . . and continue into Summit curve - 4299 last photo of this UP EB train - 4300
a BNSF WB rounding Summit Curve . . . - 4301 . . . and rolling down to WSI on MT-2 - 4302 4 locos are at the front end - 4303
- 4304 BNSF 7727 = GE ES44DC - 4305 BNSF 7715 is full of graffiti - 4306
going downhill toward Hill 582 - 4307 graffiti is all over the cars - 4308  - 4309
lumber car - 4310 the engines pass already 3N45 - 4311 - 4312
- 4313 - 4314 - 4315
- 4317 even the modern reefers are already . . . - 4318 . . . covered with lots of graffiti - 4319
2 rear end DPU's (helpers) - 4320 BNSF 7764 + 7749 = ES44DC - 4321 end of train - 4322
last train of the day is a UP NB on UPT - 4330 coming from Colton and going to Palmdale - 4331 UP 5393 = GE C45ACCTE built 2005 - 4332
UP 5427 = GE C45ACCTE built 2005 - 4333 UP 5405 = GE C45ACCTE built 2005 - 4334 UP 5424 = GE C45ACCTE built 2005 - 4335
blooming Yucca plant - 4336 heading for Hiland - 4337 once again, almost all cars are . . . - 4338
. . . having  graffiti - 4339 how about in adding some graffiti . . . - 4340 . . . to the model freight cars? - 4341
- 4342 - 4343 - 4344
- 4345 - 4346 - 4347
- 4348 - 4349 - 4350
- 4351  - 4352 - 4353
- 4354 - 4355 - 4356
- 4357 - 4358 - 4359
- 4360 - 4361 only lumber cars are clean - 4362
DPU 5403 = GE C45ACCTE built 2005 - 4363 last photo of this UP NB train - 4364 it is quiet again at WSI and Silverwood - 4365
WSI: MT-3 left and MT-2/MT-1 right - 4326 we can drive up on top of WSI . . . - 4327 . . . and do not need a 4 wheel drive - 4325
The famous Hill 582 is also located between the BNSF tracks, but further down at MP 58.2. West Summit Island is at Silverwood, MP 56.7. Here, BNSF MT-3 is starting the 3 % grade down to Cajon Station/Junction. BNSF MT-1 and MT-2 are having a softer grade of 2,2 %. WSI is maintained by Jerry Shinar for us Railfans. It can be reached from Highway 138 - go to Powerline Road (USFS road 3N45) - cross BNSF MT-3 and follow MT-3 uphill to WSI.
no comment - 4324 WSI is leveled for easy use - 4328 EBCS Silverwood signal bridge - 4329
Larry - the lizard is watching us - 4323 Memorial plate on WSI - 4252 just another crazy Railfan, not my problem - 4316
With these photos we say good bye to West Summit Island (WSI). You can see more photos of other locations. Just come back to our 2010 Cajon Pass Photo Collection Main Page (link below).


Here you find some maps and more infos about Cajon Pass (maps) 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
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