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Cajon Pass 2010 - Page 7/9

Cajon Pass Photo Collection
May 29 & June 5, 2010
by Werner Meer

Updated: April 10, 2011

Sullivans Curve

 

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 photos of Sullivans Curve.

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,  SWC = Swarthout Canyon Road Crossing, 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.
Sullivans Curve MP 63X looking South (we were at the upper right) - 199-1 looking North (our photo location is at left (USFS 3N89 marking) - 199-2


Sullivans Curve - Part 1 - May 29, 2010
 

On Saturday, May 29, 2010, after our visit to Hill 582, we went in the lafte afternoon to Sullivans Curve with Beat & Christa WŁest. Sullivans Curve is easy to reach using Hwy 138 from I-15 intersection. Drive Hwy 138 West over BNSF MT-3 and BNSF MT-1/MT-2 and under UPT, just after the underpass make a left turn into Lone Pine Canyon Road uphill and turn again left (dirt road) which runs parallel to the UPT. It is the service road for UP but also a US Forest Service Road (USFS 2N89).
 Interstate 15 (Barstow Freeway) - 2252 I-15 w/Hwy 138 Exit seen from UPT - 2188 easy to reach McDonalds across I-15 - 2187
impressive rock formations cover Sullivans . . - 2190 . . .Curve, named after Herb Sullivan, . . - 2192 . . . an early RR Photographer - 2191
Beat climbing our observation hill - 2193 these rocks are to the right of the big rocks .- 2194 . . . and cannot be seen from the curve - 2195
   
how about modelling these rocks in scale? - 2198 north west side - 2197     close up - 2196 Beat shooting a photo on a great background - 2237
foreground: UPT w/siding - 2199 below: BNSF MT-1 and MT-2 - 2201 outside the curve are the rocks - 2200
BNSF EB at Cajon Station (I-15 above) - 2202 BNSF EB coming uphill (Cleghorn exit) - 2203 cars are still at Cajon Station - 2204
getting closer, still cars at Cajon Station - 2205 the engines enter Sullivans Curve . . - 2206 . .  on BNSF MT-1 (2 hikers are watching) - 2207
climbing uphill past the rocks - 2208 getting closer - 2209 BNSF 7433 = GE ES44DC - 2210
the 2 hikers crossed the UP tracks - 2211 2nd unit 7385 = GE ES44DC - 2212 the whole curve is occupied with cars - 2213
2 locos at the front end - 2214 the grade is 2,2 % - 2215 no comment - 2216
it seems to be a never ending train - 2217 soon, the locos will disappear - 2218 no comment - 2219
 
Werner w/EB train - 2220    Beat in action - 2238 below 2 x 20', on top 40' container - 2223 we have time to get some souvenirs - 2221 BW
the cars are leaning in the curves - 2226 the rear end DPU's are visible - 2225 getting closer - 2227
no comment - 2228 BNSF well car w/graffiti - 2229 no comment - 2230
2 locos at the rear end - 2231 no comment - 2232 BNSF 7435 = GE ES44DC - 2233
2nd unit 7625 is also a ES44DC - 2234 the front end did already reach Mormon Rocks - 2235 end of BNSF EB train - 2236
it is quiet again and time to leave this place - 2239 one last photo to prove we went to . . - 2241 . . . famous Sullivans Curve - 2243 BW
Big surprise, while walking back toward the place of our ladies and the cars, there was a BNSF WB intermodal train coming down on MT-2.
BNSF WB intermodal on MT-2 - 2244 BNSF 7831 = ES44DC built 2010 - 2245 as we are on UPT level, we are too low - 2246
Werner Enterprises trailer - 2247 and another WE trailer - 2248 the DBS cars can be seen above the trailers - 2249
going downhill to Cajon Station - 2250 WE trailers in the distance - 2251 Christa & Melinda are patiently waiting for us - 2253
No question, we had a great time in chasing trains at Sullivans Curve. Thanks God, we (Beat & Werner) have understanding wives for our Railfan hobby.


Sullivans Curve - Part 2 - June 5, 2010
 

6/05/11: Well, Railfanning is almost like taking drugs, you have never enough and therefore, I went again with Melinda to Sullivans Curve. As I saw a BNSF EB in the distance, I quickly parked the car above the UPT (just near the RR-Crossing as seen on photo 2253 above) and went down to the BNSF Main 1 and 2. There was no time to look for a good spot which would be elevated.
BNSF EB intermodal train . .  - 4584 . . . coming on MT-2 from Sullivans Curve - 4585 BNSF 7486 = GE ES44DC - 4586
JB Hunt double stack load . . . - 4588 . . . followed by TOFC - 4589 while the train was passing . . . - 4590
. . . I was walking toward Sullivans Curve - 4591 here are the rock formations - 4592 end of intermodal train - 4593
After the first train passed, I was walking around the curve toward Sullivans Curve. But the next train was already here and I had to stop (once again) without a nice overview, still standing on track level next to BNSF MT-1.
at least, we can see the famous rocks - 4594 BNSF EB on MT-1 - 4595 BNSF 7783 = GE ES44DC - 4596
graffiti on the tank - 4597 it seems to be the ethanol train . . . - 4598 . . . with 2 protection cars after the locos - 4599
can you see the cars in the distance? - 4600 no comment - 4602 looking East - 4604
still more tank cars coming - 4605 close up - 4606 EOT without helper and protection car - 4607
After the Ethanol train passed, I heared the sound of an uphill train and I went back to the UPT. I just made it on time because a UP NB train was coming around the curve and small cut (out of Sullivans Curve). Did you note - UP is having more EMD power compared to BNSF with lots of GE locos.
UP NB on UPT coming from Colton - 4609 Sullivans Curve is behind the cut - 4610 UP 8346 = EMD SD70ACe built 2005 - 4611
each loco has 4300 HP - 4612 2nd unit 8497 = EMD SD70ACe built 2006 - 4613 3rd unit 8314 = EMD SD70ACe built 2005 - 4614
heading for Mormon Rocks - 4615 most hoppers are rusty - 4616 nice example for weathering our models - 4617
private RR-X-ing (out of service) - 4618 end of train - 4619 McDonalds across I-15 - 4608
The UP NB train is gone - time to look across the UP tracks, the valley and Interstate 15 to see "our" McDonalds (photo 4608), who keeps us alive ! !
The time has come to drive a little bit further on USFS road 2N89 to Sullivans Curve. I went again to the same location as with Beat on May 29.
In the distance (photo 4620) I could already see another UP NB train coming uphill (of course, on UP tracks). No time yet, to go on the observation hill.
cars of UP NB train in the distance - 4620 UP NB locos are already in Sullivans Curve . . - 4621 . . . in front of the rock formations - 4622
UP Main and UP siding - 4623 headlights are strong - 4624 I am standing on track level - 4625
all EMD power (SD70ACe) - 4626 UP 8323 = EMD SD70ACe built 2005 - 4627 3rd unit 8341= EMD SD70ACe built 2005 - 4628
2nd unit 8374 = EMD SD70ACe built 2005 - 4629 we have a mixrd freight train - 4630 and even a heavy load in between - 4631
transformer on special flat car - 4632 UP box car with graffiti - 4633 last view of transformer car - 4634
no comment - 4635 last hopper can be seen - 4636 EOT is going away - 4637
After the UP NB train was gone, it was quiet again and time to take some more photos of Sullivans Curve from different angles. I was walking closer to the famous Rock formations to be finally more or less in the middle of Sullivans Curve (but on the outside). Why so many photos from the same location? I just wanted to give an "in-deep" look of this particular place with the 2 UP tracks (Main and Siding) and the BNSF tracks (Main 1 and 2). The BNSF 3rd Main track was built along the inside of the "old" BNSF track. Want to see more about the construction? We have 9 pages - click here.
looking South - 4638 looking North standing on UPT level - 4639 same position looking South - 4640
BNSF MT-1 and MT-2 - 4643 inside the curve are more "unique" rocks - 4642 BNSF MT-1 and MT-2 - 4644
in the middle on UPT level - 4648 in the distance is a BNSF WB on MT-3 - 4645 same position - 4646
same position (4648) but forward BNSF tracks - 4650 same rocks (4642) but diff. angle - 4647 same position (4646) with BNSF tracks - 4649
After finishing the sequence above, a UP NB mixed train is coming uphill. In addition, there were 2 UP helpers coming uphill on BNSF MT-1. As usual, I was taking not only a few photos of this train but many, many more because a train is existing of a lot of cars and this variety incl. graffiti, I wanted to experience and show, of course, on this page. Therefore, you can see a total of 67 photos of this UP NB mixed freight train.
the first loco is just coming round the corner - 4651 UP NB train is slowly coming thru the cut - 4652 2 UP SD70ACe helper locos on BNSF tracks - 4653
pure UP action on two different levels - 4654 UP helpers on BNSF MT-2 and . . . - 4655 . . . UP NB train on UPT - 4656
of course, the helpers are faster . . . - 4657 . . . and leave the UP NB train behind - 4658 the engines just passed the rocks - 4659
3 GE locos and 1 EMD loco - 4660 UP 5377 = GE C45ACCTE built 2005 - 4661 3rd unit 5403 = GE C45ACCTE built 2005  - 4662
2nd unit 5276 = GE C45ACCTE built 2006 - 4663 4th unit 4747 = EMD SD70M built 2002 - 4665 auto rack with graffiti - 4664
and more graffiti - 4667 gondolas with metal scrap load - 4666 CSX box car with heavy graffiti - 4668
a mixed freight is always interesting . . . - 4669 . . . because of the big variety  - 4670 more auto carriers - 4671
no comment - 4672 surprise, BNSF WB just above the UP herald - 4673 no comment - 4674
so, I am lucky to get another train . . . - 4675 . . . at the same time with this BNSF WB . .  - 4676 . . . coming downhill on MT-2 - 4677
- 4678 - 4679 - 4680
- 4681 - 4682 after all, we can see the BNSF engines . . . - 4683
. . . behind the gondola - 4684 nice action as we have 2 trains . . . - 4685 . . . moving against each other - 4686
- 4687 - 4688 - 4689
- 4690 - 4691 - 4692
- 4693 the locos left the curve heading . . . - 4694 . . . for Cajon Station - 4695
- 4697 in the distance we can see I-15 - 4698 - 4699
- 4700 - 4701 - 4702
- 4704 - 4705 - 4707
- 4706 we an see the 2 DPU's of the BNSF WB - 4711 - 4708
- 4709 - 4710 - 4713
DPU of UP NB train - 4712 UP 5440 = GE C45ACCTE built 2005 - 4714 - 4715
- 4716 DPU's of both railroads cross each other - 4717 the UP NB train is slowing down . . . - 4718
. . and will finally come to a stop in the siding  4721 BNSF DPU's are both ES44DC's - 4719 - 4720
the helpers are elephant style backwards - 4722 most of the train is already at Cajon Station - 4723 last photo of this BNSF WB - 4724
Today is definitely a lucky day for me as there is another BNSF WB coming down on MT-2 and the UP NB train finally stopped. It is waiting in the UP siding for a SB train which we will see later. First, enjoy the BNSF WB intermodal train (and again with lots of photos, to be exact 27).
BNSF WB intermodal on MT-2 - 4726 it is almost like a film, having . . . - 4727 . . . several photos after each other - 4728
- 4729 - 4730 - 4731
BNSF 5168 = GE C44-9W - 4732 - 4733 - 4734
- 4735 - 4736 - 4737
- 4738 - 4739 - 4740
- 4741 - 4742 - 4743
- 4744 - 4745 after the double stack cars we have TOFC - 4746
behind the trailers are empty spine cars - 4747 - 4748 - 4749
another railfan is inside the curve - 4750 the locos can be seen at Cajon Station - 4751 last photo of this BNSF WB train - 4752
Here we go, the expected UP SB train is coming down next to the waiting UP NB train. Sorry, but I made again 48 photos of this train because of the variety !
UP SB is passing the waiting NB, . . . - 4753 . . . which is resting in the siding - 4754 we have a mixed freight - 4755
no comment - 4756 1st loco UP 5384 = GE C45ACCTE - 4757 2nd unit UP 5375 = GE C45ACCTE - 4758
3rd unit UP 5451 = GE C45ACCTE - 4759 all 3 locos round the curve - 4760 from auto rack to lumber car - 4761
and lumber to box car - 4762 sky box car - 4763 and tank cars - 4764
- 4765 - 4766 - 4767
- 4768 - 4769 - 4770
- 4771 - 4772 heavy used SOO Line box car - 4773
- 4774 - 4775 - 4776
- 4777 - 4778 - 4779
- 4780 - 4781 - 4782
graffitiy is spread all over - 4783 - 4784 natural weathering = rust - 4785
large graffiti - 4786 did anyone get an idea how to weather a car?  4787 aluminum hopper - 4788
- 4789 lumber cars - 4790 - 4791
UP WB intermodal on BNSF MT-3 - 4792 UP auto rack with "Building America" slogan - 4793 2 DPU's provide addtl. dynamic brakes - 4794
UP 5359 = GE C45ACCTE built 2005 - 4795 some auto racks are at the end - 4796 UP 5401 = GE GE C45ACCTE built 2005 - 4797
UP WB with Werner Ent. trailers on MT-3 - 4798 UP SB DPU's - 4799 the UP SB is disappearing - 4800
the UP NB can continue his journey - 4801 UP and BNSF are using diff, ballast - 4802 walking away and leave the curve behind - 4803
After the UP NB train left the siding, it was quiet again and the first shadows started to cover some tracks. Time to walk back to Melinda, but oh wonder, there was another BNSF WB coming down and no question, I had to take some photos (see below).
BNSF WB intermodal train on MT-2 - 4804 BNSF 5072 = GE C44-9W built 2004 - 4805 Schneider containers (orange) - 4806
JB Hunt containers (white) - 4808 no comment - 4809 no comment - 4810
no comment - 4811 the 3 locos are leaving the curve . . . - 4812 . . . and rolling down to Cajon Station - 4813
engines with containers in the distance - 4814 no comment - 4815 no comment - 4816
second part of this train is TOFC - 4817 Marten trailers ar often seen on the roads - 4818 Marten logo with flying bird - 4819
Swift is one of the big trucking companies - 4820 rolling down the curve . . . - 4821 . . . and passing the rocks - 4822
endless string of cars - 4823 UPS trailer on flat car (TOFC) - 4824 end of WB intermodal train - 4825
Melinda is glad that nothing happened - 4826 Werner is satisfied with the action - 4828 rattle snakes are common in Cajon Pass - 4830
The show is over and we have to say good bye to Sullivans Curve. We had 9 trains within 3 hours and it was very satisfactory. Melinda and Werner pose on the UPT with the famous rock formations in the background. The rattle snake was on the UP service road next to the tracks (but thanks God, already dead). Always take precaution while doing railfanning in Cajon Pass. Within 10 days we have seen 3 rattle snakes at different locations.




Here you find some maps and more infos about Cajon Pass:

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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