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Cajon Pass Summit Realignment
1972
I am very pleased to show some exclusive photos with permission of Pacific Railroad Society and Ed Saalig, (USA).
Official Website of PRRS, San Dimas, CA:  http://www.pacificrailroadsociety.org/
A big thank you for sharing these excellent pictures with us. Do not use any photos without written permission.

 

Santa Fe Line Change in 1972 at Cajon Pass Summit

Photo 1: Shows the map of the new Santa Fe Alignment at the Summit of Cajon Pass, California.
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Copyright Santa Fe Railway Public Relations Department, Pacific Railroad collection)

Photo 2: Santa Fe Railway eastbound freight rolls around the curve near Summit, CA, as the grading work for the Cajon pass line change goes on at right. (Copyright Santa Fe Railway Public Relations Department, Pacific Railroad collection)
Photo 3: Pulling rail from the rail train in deep cut which is part of the 3.3 million change at the Summit of Cajon Pass, California.
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Copyright Santa Fe Railway Public Relations Department, Pacific Railroad collection)
Photo 4: Welded rail is spiked to the ties during rail laying operations on Santa Fe Railway's Cajon Pass. As soon as the rollers have been removed and the rail placed on the tie plates, compressed air hammers are used to spike the rail to ties.
(Copyright Santa Fe Railway Public Relations Department, Pacific Railroad collection)
Photo 5: Rail is being pulled into place on the north track. Note the pair of rollers at the lower left. The south track has been ballasted, and will shortly be raised and the ballast tamped under and around the ties.
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Copyright Santa Fe Railway Public Relations Department, Pacific Railroad collection)
Photo 6: First train eastbound, at Summit, was the 803. TCS now controls traffic over Cajon Pass, Sept, 1972.
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Copyright Santa Fe Railway, Public Relations Department, Pacific Railroad Society collection)
Photo 7: The first train on westward track at deep cut on Cajon Pass line change with an eastbound train on the old track above.
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Copyright Santa Fe Railway Public Relations Department, Pacific Railroad Society collection)
Photo 8: Two EMD DDA40X Centennials and a GE unit take an eastbound container/trailer train over the new line through Summit in January, 1973. A portion of the old Santa Fe grade is visible just below the SP line at right center.
(Copyright Union Pacific Public Relations, Pacific Railroad Society collection)

 Copyright Photos 1-7 = Santa Fe Railway Public Relations Department, Pacific Railroad Society collection
Copyright Photo 8 = Union Pacific Public Relations, Pacific Railroad Society collection.


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