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Cajon Pass 2010 - Page 6/9

Cajon Pass Photo Collection
May 30, 2010
by Werner Meer

Updated: April 5, 2011

Alray area (former Tunnel 1 and Tunnel 2)

 

This time, Melinda (my wife) came also along and she sure enjoyed this trip, doing a lot of railfanning. We also 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 show the Alray area.

List of photographers: Beat & Christa Wuest (CW),  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,  BMR = Baldy Mesa Road, EOT = End of Train, TOFC = Trailer on Flat Car, WSI = West Summit Island

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 2 aerial photos (wich I took during this trip) with captions by Gary Gray.
Alray - Baldy Mesa Road MP 59.5X (former Tunnel 2)  -  197-1 Former Tunnel 1 (all 4 tracks visible)  -  197-2

Alray - former Tunnel 1  and Tunnel 2 area

On Sunday, May 30, 2010, we went to Alray MP 59.5X with Beat & Christa WŁest. Alray is easy to reach using Baldy Mesa Road (parallel to I-15 just enter to the right of the freeway entrance toward Barstow at the Hwy 138  intersection). At this location there were 2 tunnels built back in 1913. During the 3rd Main Track construction of BNSF, both tunnels have been daylighted. Now, we have the new double track of BNSF MT-1 and MT-2 (built 2007/2008)  and the Union Pacific Track (UPT) former SP line (Colton cutoff), built 1967. We are having a great photo documentation of the 3MT construction. Take a look: click here
5/30/10 - shotcrete wall of tunnel 2 - 2355 BNSF MT-1 and MT-2 (looking uphill) - 2356 Tunnel 2 was daylighted in 2008 - 2357
looking back toward I-15 and the underpass - 2358 imagine, there was a tunnel before - 2359 we are now on UPT level - 2360
BNSF WB on MT-2 coming from Tunnel 1 - 2361 BNSF WN getting closer - 2362 pass shotcrete wall of Tunnel 2 - 2363
former Tunnel 2 was at MP 59.2X - 2364 we can see I-15 in the distance - 2365  UPT above is also visible - 2366
double stack container cars - 2367 JB Hunt containers - 2368 20' Tank Container - 2369
train is rolling under I-15 - 2370 Marten truck on I-15 (sometimes on TOFC) - 2371 BNSF WB EOT (TOFC at the end) - 2372
behind the curve was Tunnel 1 - 2373 here comes the next BNSF WB train - 2375 the former Tunnel 2 shotcrete wall - 2374
BNSF WB on MT-1 - 2376 BNSF 7396 = GE ES44DC built 2008 - 2377 3 locos are pulling this intermodal train - 2378
rolling downhill heading for San Bernardino - 2379 no comment - 2380 no comment - 2381
TOFC is common in the USA - 2382 behind the DBS cars are TOFC's - 2383 the last TOFC's coming round the curve - 2384
UPS trailer on flat car - 2385 EOT pass Tunnel 2 shotcrete wall - 2386 Werner near UPT (Tunnel 2 left) - 2388 BW
behind the curve was Tunnel 1 - 2387 a lonely Yucca between UPT and BNSF - 2390 Beat with safety jacket - 8023 WM
shotcrete wall of former Tunnel 1 - 2391 heavy erosion between UPT and BNSF level - 2392 left MT-2 was old track, right MT-1 new track - 2393
looking East - 2394 behind the S-curve will be Hill 582 - 2395  looking West (behind curve was Tunnel 2) - 2396
Photos 2397 - 2425: Sorry about showing so many photos of the very same train, but that's the way how we experienced it from the first loco to the last car (actually DPU - helper loco). We are standing near former Tunnel 1 at MP 58.9X on UPT level.
UP EB coming from I-15 underpass - 2397 always heavy traffic on I-15 at the back - 2398 a mixed freight shows more variety  - 2399
UP is having trackage rights on BNSF - 2400 UP EB on BNSF MT-1 - 2401 no comment - 2402
we are having 3 locos at the front end - 2403 1st loco 7424 = GE C45ACCTE built 2009 - 2404 2nd loco 8618 = EMD SD70ACe built 2007 - 2405
3rd loco 5083 = EMD SD70M built 2002  - 2406 we have box cars - 2407 singel double stack well car - 2408
hi-cube box cars - 2409 covered hoppers - 2410 us usal - full of graffiti - 2411
a lot of paint to write: HURTS - 2412 the engines are heading for Hill 582 - 2413 looking back to I-15 - 2414
snaking uphill - 2415 graffiti on UP box car - 2416 lots of covered hoppers - 2417
graffiti on UP hopper - 2418 hoppers - tank cars - hoppers - 2419 looks almost like a unit train - 2420
looking East - 2421 rear end DPU (helper) can be seen - 2422 we have 3 locos up front and 1 at the end - 2423
UP 6829 = GE C44AC built 1996 - 2424 EOT heading for Hill 582 and Summit - 2425 it is quiet again, UPT above and BNSF below - 2426
While Beat and Werner took photos around Tunnel 1 area, Melinda made 3 photos from the same UP train at Baldy Mesa Road (BMR).
UP EB mixed freight seen from BMR - 6586 lots of outdoor activities - 6587 UP EB rear end helper - 6588
After the UP EB train on BNSF tracks has passed, it was getting quiet and we were walking back toward our home base to Christa and Melinda at Baldy Mesa Road. Too bad, we did not wait long enough as there was a BNSF WB coming down on MT-2. So, we made a few photos looking towrad the underpass of I-15.
BNSF WB on MT-2 going downhill - 2427 JB Hunt double stack - 2428 the locos reached I-15 underpass - 2429
as seen from the home base - 6590 MM second part of this intermodal is TOFC - 2430 BNSF WB EOT pass under I-15 - 2431
We were walking down after the BNSF WB train to our home base and suddenly, a UP SB was coming over the UP bridge at Baldy Mesa Road (where our ladies were waiting for us). So, we really had to run to be ready for taking some photos. At least, Melinda (MM) took some photos as well.
UP (former SP) bridge at Baldy Mesa Rd. - 2354 UP SB on UPT (bridge) - 2432 UP 5426 = GE C45ACCTE built 2005 - 2433
2nd loco 5431 = GE C45ACCTE - 8046 BW 3rd loco 5462 = GE C45ACCTE - 2434 these diesels need a loco wash - 2435
view from the home base - 6591 MM no comment - 6592 MM no comment - 6593 MM
During this train was passing, I was walking away to get a different view. Melinda was still close to the bridge as you can sse on her (MM) photos.
lumber packs - 2436 more lumber cars - 2437 no comment - 2438
tank and lumber cars - 6594 MM covered hoppers - 6595 MM Beat standing at the back of his rental car - 2439
train is rolling under I-15 - 2440 on the auto carrier are 2 new Chevy Camaros - 2441 Beat & Christa in front of their red Ford - 2442
finally, the DPU is coming - 2443 UP DPU 5358 = GE C45ACCTE built 2005 - 2444 no comment - 2445
These are the last photos of this location at
Baldy Mesa Road MP 59.5X.


There were lots of outdoor activities with quads and motorcycles because it was a Sunday and actually a holiday (Memorial Day Weekend). Therefore, below we show some bonus photos.

Afterwards, we went to Silverwood.
See our page 5 - click here
End of UP train - 2446 final frame UP is going downhill and the truck uphill on I-15 2447

 

Map of Alray area (former Tunnel 1 and Tunnel 2) with captions by Gary Gray

Bonus Photos of outdoor activities at Baldy Mesa Road

Sunday, May 30, 2010: Memorial Day Weekend. At Baldy Mesa Road (just under and around the UP bridge), lots of people bring their vehicles on trailers or pickups to start their "desert adventure". No question, the US Forest Service (see photos 2351 and 2353) was also around and checking the activities. We also had a chance talking to the USFS people. They were very friendly and a lady even knew about railfanning. They were wishing us good luck and lots of great pictures.
USFS emplyoees - 2351 USFS, let's check the forest roads - 2353 BMR with UP bridge - 2354
unloading their vehicles - 2350 make a test ride - 2352 - 2349
- 6577 MM - 6578 MM - 6579 MM
- 6580 MM loading on the trailer - 6581 MM - 6582 MM
nobody too young for driving these quads - 6583 MM getting experience - 6584 MM of course, the kids did not go far away - 6585 MM


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
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