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Cajon Pass Photo Collection
October 29 & November 1, 2015
by Werner Meer, Switzerland
Part 4: Sullivan's Curve (494 Photos)

 

Abbreviations found on this page: EB = East Bound, NB = North Bound, SB = South Bound, WB = West Bound, MP = Mile Post,
MT-1 = BNSF Main Track 1, MT-2 = BNSF Main Track 2, MT-3 = BNSF Main Track 3, UPT = UP Track (Colton-Palmdale Cutoff),
DPU = Distributed Power Unit (Helpers), EOT = End of Train, DBS = Double Stack Train, TOFC = Trailer on Flat Car (Piggy Back),

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First visit to Sullivan's Curve with Marc Fournier and Jerry Shinar on 10/29/15 (216 photos)
Marc was driving with his Jeep, starting at Cajon Station. First, we had to cross Cajon Creek and go uphill and cross the UPT. We did immediately stop and got off the Jeep to take the first pictures of a UP NB which just passed the famous rock formations. As we were quite far away and the sun was coming from the back, the light situation was actually not satisfactory. Nevertheless, I was still shooting.
Train 1 UP NB manifest on UPT - 10850 below is BNSF MT-1 and MT-2 - 10853
 - 10854  - 10855
 - 10857 last photo of Train 1 UP NB on UPT - 10858
Train 2 BNSF WB intermodal - 10859 above the engines are the DBS cars - 10860
in front is the UPT (Palmdale Cutoff) - 10861  - 10862
 - 10863  - 10864
last photo of Train 2 BNSF WB intermodal - 10865 we continue along the UPT and can see the rocks - 10866
this UP service road is also a forest service road - 10867 to be exact, it is USFS 2N89 - 10868
we are now on the overlook of Sullivans' Curve - 10869 left: UPT with siding, right: BNSF MT-1 and MT-2 - 10870
here, the UP siding is ending - 10871 Train 3 BNSF WB is coming round the curve - 10872
at the back is Hwy 138 and I-15 - 10874 4 units are pulling this intermodal train 3 - 10875
special rock formations insdie the curve - 10876 BNSF WB is rolling on MT-2 downhill - 10877
 - 10878  - 10879
 - 10880  - 10881
 - 10882  - 10883
 - 10884  - 10885
 - 10886  - 10887
 - 10888  - 10890
 - 10891  - 10893
 - 10894  - 10895
 - 10896  - 10897
 - 10898  - 10899
 - 10900 last photo of Train 3 BNSF WB - 10901
Train 4 UP EB at Cajon Station  - 10902 above is I-15 - 10903
there are some big clouds hiding the sun above the locos - 10904 UP EB intermodal is on BNSF MT-1 - 10905
 - 10906  - 10907
 - 10908  - 10909
UP 8787 = EMD SD70ACe - 10910  - 10911
UP 8445 = EMD SD70ACe - 10912 UP 4498 = EMD SD70M - 10913
 - 10914  - 10915
 - 10916  - 10917
 - 10918  - 10919
 - 10920 at the far end we can see the rear end DPU - 10921
 - 10922  - 10923
UP 6478 = GE AC4400CW - 10924  - 10925
last photo of Train 4 UP EB - 10926 Train 5 BNSF WB manifest - 10927
 - 10928  - 10929
 - 10930  - 10931
 - 10932 BNSF 7700 = GE ES44DC - 10933
BNSF 7711 = GE ES44DC - 10934 BNSF 7732 = GE ES44DC - 10935
BNSF 7742 = GE ES44DC - 10936 BNSF 1893 = EMD SD40-2 - 10937
 - 10939  - 10938
 - 10940  - 10941
 - 10942  - 10943
 - 10944  - 10945
 - 10946  - 10947
this manifest has 2 rear end DPU's - 10949 BNSF 7758 = ES44DC and BNSF 7730 = ES44DC - 10950
Train 5 is rolling down to Cajon Station - 10951 last photo of Train 5 BNSF WB - 10952
Train 5 BNSF EB is crossing Cajon Creek - 10953  - 10954
 - 10955  - 10956
 - 10957  - 10958
BNSF 3980 = GE ET44C4 - 10959 BNSF 8200 = GE ES44C4 - 10960
BNSF 7323 = GE ES44DC - 10961 BNSF 6914 = GE ES44C4 - 10962
 - 10963  - 10965
Train 5 BNSF EB is leaving Sullivan's Curve - 10966 just above Trains 5 is a new UP Train 6 coming on UPT - 10967
Train 6 UP SB is on the Palmdale Cutoff - 10969  - 10970
last photo with Train 5 intermodal below - 10971 the 3 UP locos are now entering Sullivan's Curve - 10973
 - 10974  - 10975
 - 10976  - 10977
trouble with graffiti is also starting on the locomotives - 10978 UP 4196 = EMD SD70M - 10979
UP 2479 = EMD SD60M - 10980 UP 4460 = EMD SD70M - 10981
leading engine is just passed the siding switch - 10982  - 10983
 - 10985  - 10984
 - 10986 last photo of Train 6 UP SB on UPT . 10987
Marc's Jeep and Jerry's Toyota are ideal vehicles to reach these places with 4 wheel drive - 10988 from left: Marc Fournier and Jerry Shinar enjoy train watching.
We met Jerry today on this Sullivan's Curve overlook - 10989
Train 7 BNSF EB rolling over Cajon Creek bridge . . .  - 10991 . . . and climbing uphill toward Sullivan's Curve - 10992
6 units are up front - 10993  - 10994
 - 10995  - 10996
BNSF 7765 = GE ES44DC - 10997  - 10998
BNSF 7747 = GE ES44DC - 10999 ex. AT&SF now BNSF 172 = EMD GP60 - 11000
 - 11001  - 11002
 - 11003  - 11004
 - 11005  - 11006
 - 11007  - 11008
 - 11009  - 11010
 - 11011  - 11012
 - 11013  - 11014
 - 11015  - 11016
 - 11017  - 11018
 - 11019  - 11020
last photo of Train 7 BNSF EB manifest - 11021 Train 8 UP WB special on BNSF MT-2 - 11022
 - 11023  - 11024
 - 11025 UP 8666 = EMD SD70ACe - 11026
FRA Gauge Restrant Measurement Vehicle - 11027 FRA Office of Safetey Car - 11028
 - 11029  - 11030
 - 11031  - 11032
 - 11033  - 11034
 - 11035 last photo of Train 8 UP WB special - 11036
Train 9 UP NB intermodal with big trouble - 11037  - 11038
 - 11039  - 11040
blown up Turbo with a lot of smoke - 11041  - 11042
 - 11043  - 11044
 - 11045  - 11046
 Train 9 UP 6694 leads UP 6692 (with a BADLY BLOWN TURBO) NB into Canyon Siding to await the local fire Departments.
 - 11047 UP 6694 = GE AC4400CW - 11048
UP 6692 = GE AC4400CW built 8/97 - 11049  - 11050
 - 11051  - 11052
 - 11054 Train 9 UP NB intermodal is slowly going into the siding - 11053
Train 10 BNSF EB intermodal rolling over Cajon Creek bridge - 11055 4 units are climbing uphill toward Sullivan's Curve - 11056
second unit is still smoking - 11057  - 11058
 - 11059  - 11060
 - 11061  - 11062
BNSF 3864 = GE ET44C4 - 11063 BNSF 3846 = GE ET44C4 - 11064
 - 11066  - 11067
 - 11068  - 11069
 - 11070 last photo of Train 10 BNSF EB intermodal - 11071
US Forest Service Fire Department is on the way . . . - 11072 . . . to the UP 6692 with the blown up Turbo - 11073
but so far, they did not reach the UP Service road . . . - 11074 . . . as they are still on the BNSF Service road - 11075
now, they drive back along the BNSF up to Hwy 138 . . . - 11076 . . . and will be going to the USFS 2N89 - 11077
Marc, Jerry and me had a great day on the Sullivan's Curve Overlook with some interesting movements.

 

second visit just below Sullivan's Curve with Randy Murphy on 11/01/15 (52 photos)
On Sunday, I met Randy from Las Vegas. He is running North American Rails with lots of great information about the scene.
Take a look on his own website:  http://www.northamericanrails.com/
We went below Sullivan's Curve on a Power Line road to get a different view from another angle.
Train 1 UP SB on UPT - 11897  - 11898
of course, we are aware that the light is coming from the back - 11899 and therefore, these pictures are nor really satisfactory - 11900
famous rock formations named after Herb Sullivan - 11901 above Randy's Pickup is the UP SB leaving the scene - 11902
looking North toward I-15 & Hwy 138 w/Best Western - 11903 just before the Mormon Rocks is a BNSF WB - 11904
Train 2 BNSF WB intermodal - 11906 finally, the engines are inside Sullivan's Curve - 11907
 - 11908 this Train 2 is coming down on MT-2 - 11909
 - 11910  - 11911
 - 11912  - 11913
 - 11914 BNSF 8037 = GE ES44C4 - 11915
reflecting scotch light lettering in the morning sun - 11916 BNSF 4154 = GE C44-9W - 11917
this rich vegetation is because of the Cajon Creek - 11918 the engines are rolling over the bridge of the creek - 11919
the engines are now on the East side of the Creek - 11920  - 11921
 - 11922  - 11923
 - 11925 last photo of Train 2 BNSF WB w/DPU's - 11926
Today, the Amtrak WB Train 3 is delayed and coming down on MT-3. Too bad it is not on MT-2 and therefore, we have to accept the bad visability and back light down at Cajon Station
as MT-3 is along Cajon Creek, we have many trees - 11928 there are 2 GE AMD-103 diesels pulling this train - 11929
 - 11930 there is a regulat baggage car behid the locos - 11932
Superliner Cars are standard equipment - 11933 EOT 3 and on I-15 is a Werner Enterprises Truck - 11934
Train 4 BNSF WB Ethanol w/3 units in front . . . - 11938 . . . and 2 rear end helpers - 11939
 - 11941  - 11942
insiders call the Ethanol train " the bomb" - 11943  - 11944
 - 11945  - 11946
BNSF 6521 & 7881 are both GE ES44C4 - 11947 BNSF 4090 = GE C44-9W - 11948
 - 11949 Train 4 is rolling over Cajon Creek bridge - 11950
Rolling thru Cajon Station - 11951  - 11952
 graffiti starts here as well- 11953  - 11954
Train 4 with 2 rear end DPU's - 11955 last photo of this location - 11956
After Train 4, we decided to leave this location and wnet to Summit and Silverwood. But we came back in the afternoon and went to the Sullivan's Curve overlook.

 

Third visit to Sullivan's Curve overlook with Randy Murphy on 11/01/15 (226 photos)
In the afternoon, we went to the Sullivan's Curve overlook to shoot some more trains.
Train 1 BNSF EB intermodal on MT-1 - 12113 BNSF 8095 & 7959 are both ES44C4 - 12114
2 rear end DPU's help pushing this DBS - 12115 above Train 1 comes Train 2 UP SB on UPT - 12116
 - 12117  - 12118
 - 12119 Tarin 2 UP above the DPU's of Train 1 - 12120
UP SB is a manifest with lots of different cars - 12121  - 12122
 - 12123  - 12124
UP 2554 = GE ES44AH - 12125  - 12126
UP 8030 = GE AC45CCTE (ES44AC) - 12127 rolling over the Canyon Siding switch - 12128
 - 12129  - 12130
 - 12131  - 12132
 - 12133 Train 3 BNSF WB intermodal on MT-2 - 12134
left Train 2 UP SB and right Train 3 BNSF WB - 12135  - 12136
 - 12137  - 12138
 - 12139  - 12140
 - 12141  - 12142
 - 14143  - 12144
 - 12145  - 12146
Train 3 BNSF WB is passing Trains 2 UP SB - 12147  - 12148
 - 12149  - 12150
UP 8168 = GE ES44AC-H - 12151  - 12152
 - 12153 last photo of Train 2 UP SB on UPT - 12154
Train 3 BNSF WB is going down to Cajon Station - 12155  - 12156
 - 12157  - 12158
 - 12159  - 12160
 - 12161  - 12162
last photo of Train 3 BNSF WB  - 12163 Train 4 BNSF EB intermodal - 12164
 - 12165 entering Sullivan's Curve - 12166
 - 12167  - 12168
 - 12169 BNSF 8278 = GE ES44C4 - 12170
BNSF 6708 = GE ES44C4 - 12171 BNSF 6648 = GE ES44C4 - 12172
BNSF 5393 = GE C44-9W - 12173  - 12174
 - 12175  - 12176
 - 12177  - 12178
 - 12179  - 12180
 - 12181 last photo of Train 4 BNSF EB inermodal - 12182
Train 5 BNSF WB intermodal - 12183  - 12184
 - 12185  - 12186
BNSF 7601 = GE ES44DC - 12187 second unit BNSF 5448 = GE C44-9W - 12188
BNSF 6577 = GE ES44C4 - 12189  - 12190
 - 12191  - 12192
 - 12193  - 12194
more cars coming round the curve - 12195  - 12196
the locos of Train 5 will soon cross Cajon Creek - 12197 Randy Murphy talking to another Railfan - 12198
I cannot resist: a Werner Enterprises truck on I-15 WB - 12199 Train 6 BNSF EB coming uphill - 12200
left Train 5 WB and right Train 6 EB - 12201  - 12202
 - 12203 BNSF 6785 = GE ES44C4 - 12204
BNSF 4538 = GE C44-9W - 12205 4th unit: BNSF 4121 = GE C44-9W - 12206
 - 12207  - 12208
 - 12209  - 12210
 - 12211  - 12212
 - 12213  - 12214
Train 5 below and new Train 7 UP SB on UPT - 12215 Train 6 BNSF EB is behind Train 5 WB - 12216
 - 12217  - 12218
Train 7 UP SB is above Train 5 BNSF WB - 12219 BNSF  - 12220
there are 2 rear end DPU's on Train 5 WB - 12221 last photo of Train 5 - 12222
Train 8 BNSF EB coming from Cajon Station - 12223  - 12224
 - 12225 8 units are pulling this BNFS EB Auto Carrier uphill - 12226
 - 12227  - 12228
 - 12229  - 12230
 - 12231  - 12232
BNSF 7758 = GE ES44DC - 12233 third unit BNSF 7733 = GE ES44DC - 12234
BNSF 7715 = GE ES44DC w/graffiti - 12235 above Train 7 UB SB is on hold in the siding - 12236
BNSF 3874 = GE ET44C4 - 12237 last unit BNSF 7739 = GE ES44DC - 12238
 - 12239  - 12240
 - 12241  - 12242
 - 12243 non stop action: Train 7 above, Train 8 left, Train 9 right - 12244
 - 12245 the 2 BNSF trains are crossing each other - 12246
 - 12247  - 12248
Train 9 BNSF WB is getting closer - 12249  - 12250
interesting to see, after the Auto Carriers are . . . - 12251 . . . mixed freight cars on Train 8 EB - 12252
in the meantime, the engines of Train 9 . . . - 12253 . . . did reach our location (overlook) - 12254
last cars of Train 8 BNSF EB are rolling by . . . - 12255 . . . and we do have uncovered view of the locos - 12256
 - 12257 Train 8 is also an all Auto Carrier - 12258
 - 12259  - 12260
 - 12261  - 12262
 - 12263  - 12264
 - 12265 the locos will enter Cajon Station, trucks on I-15 WB - 12266
huge graffiti on Auto Rack just below the UP locos - 12267  - 12268
 - 12269  - 12270
 - 12271  - 12272
 - 12273  - 12274
 - 12275  - 12276
 - 12277  - 12278
 - 12279 here comes Train 9 BNSF WB - 12280
after all, Train 7 UP SB is leaving the siding at the same time is Train 9 BNSF WB intermodal coming - 12281 we do not know, why it was on hold as there was no other UP Train coming on the Palmdale cutoff - 12282
 - 12283  - 12284
 - 12285  - 12286
 - 12289  - 12290
 - 12291 the race continues between UP and BNSF - 12293
 - 12294  - 12295
 - 12296  - 12297
 - 12298 the UP SB Train is having lots of lumber cars - 12299
Train 10 BNSF EB and Train 9 BNSF WB  - 12300  - 12301
Train 10 uphill on MT-1 and Train 9 downhill on MT-2 - 12302 UP engines will make a right curve and disappear - 12303
 - 12304  - 12305
 - 12306  - 12307
here Train 10's first loco is coming round the curve - 12308  - 12309
now, we are having 3 trains at the same time - 12310  - 12311
 - 12312  - 12313
 - 12314 BNSF 7740 = GE ES44DC w/graffiti - 12315
 
UP is having 3 mid train DPU's on Train 7 - 12316 this is railfanning at ist best - 12317
 - 12318  - 12319
 - 12320 Train 10 BNSF EB is the Ethanol train - 12321
 - 12322  - 12323
 - 12325  - 12324
 - 12326  - 12327
 - 12328  - 12329
last photo of Train 7 UP SB on UPT - 12330 both BNSF tracks are still busy with Train 10 and 9 - 12331
 - 12333 last photo of Train 10 Ethanol EB and Train 9 DBS WB - 12334
Train 11 BNSF WB entering Sullivan's Curve - 12335 it is again an intermodal train on MT-2 - 12336
 - 12337  - 12338
 - 12339  - 12340
Randy's Pickup was parked outside Sullivan's Curve - 12341 very cool license plate on Randy's pickup - 12342
The end of our Sullivan's curve visit. Once again, it was a very active time with 11 trains.


All photos copyright by Werner Meer

Cajon Pass Photo
Collection Part 1
Hill 582
October 28-31, 2015
a detailed look at Hill 582
by Werner Meer
Switzerland

updated: 10/01/2017

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Cajon Pass Photo
Collection Part 2
Hill 582
October 28, 2015
27 trains around Hill 582
by Werner Meer
Switzerland

updated: 10/01/2017

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Cajon Pass Photo
Collection Part 3
Hill 582
October 30-31, 2015
14 & 24 trains around Hill 582
by Werner Meer
Switzerland

updated: 10/06/2017

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