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Southern California Photos by George Cataulin
I am very pleased to show some exclusive aerial photos of George Cataulin, San Diego, CA (USA).
He is the owner of Left Coast Rail Videos:
A big thank you for sharing these excellent pictures with us.
Note: The copyright belongs to this gentleman. 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, 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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September 7, 2014 - Eye in the Sky at Cajon Pass (Mormon Rocks)

These photos were taken during a 2.5 day trip to Cajon Pass with fellow TO member and good friend "curt", 9/7/14-9/9/14.
I was using a DJI Phantom 2 quad copter with a GoPro Hero3+. The GoPro was set to take one picture every five seconds while also shooting video. BNSF east bound intermodal as it passes by Mormon Rocks on Sunday around 7:40am.

9/07/14 BNSF EB just passed Cajon Creek - 10947 9/07/14 Same Train passing Mormon Rocks - 10949
9/07/14 BNSF EB going uphill - 10956 9/07/14 Heading for CP Walker - 10960
Aerial Cajon Pass Momon Rocks with Quad Copter Sept 2014 (4'42"):
Aerial Cajon Pass Mormon Rocks July 2014 (2'02"):
Aerial Cajon Pass CP Walker July 2014 (3'27"):


September 8, 2014 - Eye in the Sky at Cajon Pass (Sullivan's Curve)

After catching three trains at Mormon rocks Curt and I head over to Sullivan's where we run into TO member oyw at the crossing.

There comes an East bound intermodal at Sullivan's Curve around 10:30am.

9/08/14 BNSF EB on MT-1 - 41195 9/08/14 BNSF EB coming from Cajon Station - 41204
9/08/14 BNSF EB going away at Sullivan's Curve - 41208 9/08/14 Same Train with a Meet to happen, soon - 41215
9/08/14 Meet of 2 BNSF Trains - 41218 9/08/14 The West bound on MT-2 at the Curve - 41224
9/08/14 The WB, but blocked by an EB - 41231 blank

Both photos below were taken on 9/8/14 using my GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition attached to my DJI Phantom 2 quad copter. I have the GoPro set to take a photo once every 5 seconds while shooting video at the same time.

9/08/14 UP NB Manifest on UPT (South Canyon) - 10045 9/08/14 BNSF EB Intermodal on MT-1 at Sullivan's Curve - 10104


August 24, 2014 - Eye in the Sky Above San Timoteo Canyon/Beaumont

Photos taken on 8/24/14 with my GoPro Hero3+ with the "medium" setting. The drone is a DJI Phantom 2 which has a H3 3D gimbal stabilizer.

8/24/14 UP Intermodal at El Casco - 10001 8/24/14 UP Manifest at Ordway - 10002
8/24/14 UP Auto Carrier at Ordway - 10003 8/24/14 UP EB at Beaumont (Centennial Memorial Bridge) - 10006

All three photos below are of the same train and were taken above El Casco along San Timoteo Canyon, Yuma Sub yesterday afternoon. I really like the feature the GoPro Hero3+ has; shoot video and stills at the same time. I have the photo setting to take one picture every 5 seconds...I have a lot of photos to sort out. Video coming soon.

8/24/14 UP Intermodal - 10075 8/24/14 Getting closer - 10081
8/24/14 and closer - 10086 blank
Aerial Film Footage of the same location.

 Bonus Photos - non aerial

January 21, 2014 - Cajon Pass (Keenbrook and CP Walker) taken from ground level

Spent Sunday and today until noon out at Cajon Pass. I don't normally take this many photos, but what the heck. Top photo taken around noon. Middle and bottom photo taken around 3pm.  Videos coming soon.

1/21/14 BNSF WB Intermodal - 11287 1/21/14 Another BNSF WB Intermodal - 21296
1/21/14 UP SB on UPT - 31297 blank
These two were taken today around 10am at CP Walker.
1/21/14 UP NB Manifest on UPT - 41303 1/21/14 UP EB Intermodal on BNSF MT-1 - 51307

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