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Cajon Pass Photo Collection
October 31 / November 1/2, 2015
by Werner Meer, Switzerland
Part 5: Silverwood and Summit (510 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 Section: We went to Silverwood (below Summit) 10/31/15 (69 photos)
After our Hill 582 visit, my Swiss friend Michael Frei and me went to Silverwood. When we arrived there, a BNSF WB was coming down and we did not have time driving up on the lookout point. Therefore, we took photos from the ground level.
Our first Train is a BNSF WB intermodal on MT-2. BNSF 6785 = GE ES44C4 and BNSF 4538 = GE C44-9W - 11770
First unit is rolling over USFS 3N45 - 11771 I remember being here already back in the 70's - 11772
 - 11773 on MT-3 we have Train 2 UP WB intermodal - 11774
 - 11775  - 11776
UP 8577 = EMD SD70ACe - 11777 UP 8942 = EMD SD70ACe - 11779
UP 7355 = GE ES44AC (AC45CCTE) - 11780  - 11781
 - 11782  - 11784
above: Train 1 BNSF WB, below Train 2 UP WB - 11785 crossing of USFS 3N45 - 11786
Michael Frei is happy about the great action - 11787 still both trains visible (Train 1 & 2) - 11788
even well cars are full w/graffiti - 11789 between the containers is Trains 3 UP EB - 11790
below Train 2 UP WB, above Train 3 UP EB - 11791 UP 8466 = EMD SD70ACe (rear end DPU) - 11792
 - 11793 last photo of Train 2 UP WB on MT-3 - 11794
Train 3 UP EB is passing WSI - 11796 WSI is just below the signal bridge - 11797
we did finally reach the overlook. UP EB Train 3 to Summit - 11798 last photo of Train 3 leaving Silverwood for Summit - 11799
Train 4 BNSF WB Auto Carrier is on MT-2 coming from Summit. MT-1 and MT-2 are bot having a 2,2 % grade. - 11800
 - 11801 above UPT, middle BNSF MT-1 and 2, below MT-3 - 11802
BNSF 5088 = GE C44-9W, BNSF 8385 = GE ES44C4 - 11803 MT-3 in the foreground is having a 3 % grade - 11804
third unit BNSF 4960 = GE C44-9W - 11805 many cars are w/graffiti - 11806
 - 11808  - 11807
these are Auto-Max articualted auto carriers - 11809  - 11810
 - 11811  - 11812
 - 11813  - 11814
 - 11815 End of Train 4 BNSF WB all Auto Carrier - 11817
last photo of Train 4. The engines did already pass Hill 582 (on top you can see I-15 freeway w/NB traffic) - 11818
Train 5 BNSF WB intermodal coming down on MT-3 w/5 engines - 11819
 - 11820  - 11821
 - 11822 BNSF 5019 and 4115 = GE C44-9W - 11824
BNSF 7283 = GE ES44DC - 11825  - 11826
some orange Schneider containers - 11827 last photo of Train 5 BNSF WB w/J.B. Hunt containers - 11828
next comes Train 6 BNSF WB intermodal on MT-2 - 11829
 - 11830  - 11831
BNSF 6608 and BNSF 8257 = GE ES44C4 - 11832 another railfan is also on the Silverwood overlook - 11833
Michael's and Werner's cars are parked at the back - 11835 Train 6 BNSF WB intermodal - 11836
very convenient to sit down w/o a door in the way - 1975 railfanning at its best (see reflection on the window) - 1976
photos 1975 and 1976 taken by Michael Frei (no question, railfanning at Cajon Pass is a great pleasure)
Train 7 BNSF WB intermodal on MT-2 is just passing WSI - 11837
 - 11838 BNSF 7863 = GE ES44DC - 11839
BNSF 3940 = GE ET44C4 - 11840 BNSF 7509 = GE ES44DC (last photo of Train 7) - 11841
final frame: Hill 582 as seen from the Silverwood overlook - 11842

 

Second Section: Summit & Silverwood with Randy Murphy 11/01/15 (143 photos)
We started our train spotting at Summit looking West toward Hill 582 and Alray (former Tunnel area).
Summit Overlook: UP WB intermodal on MT-3 - 11960 view from Summit toward Alray and Hill 582 - 11962
below Train 1 UP WB and above Train 2 BNSF EB - 11963  - 11964
the engines of Train 2 just passed Hill 582 - 11965  - 11967
 - 11968 last view from Summit Overlook - 11969
We left the Summit Overlook and went to a higher location to get a nice overview of Summit Curve and Silverwood. A big thank you to Randy who brought me to this "elevated" location above Summit.
Train 2 BNSF EB on MT-1 into Summit Curve - 11970  - 11971
 - 11972  - 11973
 - 11974  - 11975
 - 11976 many intermodal trains are having DBS and TOFC - 11977
 - 11978  - 11979
last photo of Train 2 BNSF EB - 11980 Silverwood w/WSI in the center - 11981
Train 3 UP NB on UPT just before Hill 582 - 11982 the UP engines are passing above Hill 582 - 11983
the red box car is just behind the trees of Hill 582 - 11984  - 11985
 - 11986  - 11987
 - 11988  - 11989
UP/BNSF Connector just below the engines - 11990 sorry, but the light is now against us - 11991
 - 11992 the engines did reach "Hiland" - 11993
 - 11994 Randy's Pickup is parked on the Summit Overlook - 11995
last photo of Train 3 w/UP rear end DPU - 11996 next is Train 4 UP coming from Alray - 11997
 - 11998 just in front of the engines are the trees of Hill 582 - 11999
 - 12000  - 12001
 - 12003 the engines are just above the Silverwood connector - 12004
now, they did reach "Hiland" (it is Summit of former SP) - 12005 last photo of Train 4 UP NB on UPT - 12006
Train 5 BNSF WB intermodal on MT-2 - 12008  - 12009
Summit Curve is leading to Silverwood - 12010  - 12011
 - 12012  - 12013
 - 12014  - 12015
large garffiti lettering on a well car - 12016  - 12017
lots of J.B. Hunt containers - 12018  - 12019
Schneider container on a special rack . . . - 12020 . . . it seems that kind of rack is stable - 12021
 - 12022 at the same time, a UP SB (Train 6) at Hiland - 12024
Train 5 BNSF WB is continuing his journey - 12025  - 12027
the engines are already passing USFS 3N45 - 12028  - 12029
 - 12030  - 12031
below Train 5 BNSF WB and above Train 6 UP SB - 12032  - 12033
 - 12034 Train 6 UP SB is on the Palmdale cutoff (UPT) - 12035
the Silverwood Connector is between BNSF and UP tracks - 12036 therefore, UP will be flexible to change from . . . - 12037
. . . the Palmdale cutoff to BNSF tracks to Barstow and Daggett - 12038  - 12039
 - 12040  - 12041
 - 12042  - 12043
 - 12044  - 12045
 - 12046 signal bridge is just before the connector near WSI - 12047
Hill 582 is in the middle - 12048 last photo of both trains: Train 5 BNSF WB & Train 6 UP SB - 12049
Train 7 UP WB intermodal on BNSF MT-2 - 12051  - 12052
 - 12053  - 12054
- 12055  - 12056
 - 12057  - 12058
 - 12059  - 12060
 - 12061 Signal Bridge next to WSI - 12062
 - 12063 below EOT 7 UP WB and above new Train 8 UP SB - 12064
Here comes the "bomb", the BNSF Ethanol Train - 12065 Train 9 BNSF WB on MT-2 - 12066
 - 12067  - 12068
 - 12069  - 12070
 - 12071  - 12072
 - 12073  - 12075
 - 12076  - 12077
there are 2 rear End DPU's - 12078 last photo of Train 9 BNSF WB Ethanol - 12079
next is Train 10 BNSF WB manifest on MT-2 - 12080  - 12081
 - 12082  - 12083
 - 12084  - 12085
 - 12086  - 12087
 - 12088  - 12089
 - 12090  - 12091
BNSF 7746 = GE ES44DC w/graffiti - 12092 BNSF 7760 = GE ES44DC - 12093
there are 2 rear end DPU's - 12094 3 leading engines and DPU's are visible at the same time - 12095
 - 12096 last photo of Train 10 BNSF WB manifest - 12097
Train 11 BNSF EB intermodal is passing Hill 582 - 12098
 - 12100  - 12101
 - 12103  - 12104
behind the containers are lots of trailers - 12105  - 12106
wow, there is even a Werner Enterprises trailer - 12107 therefore, it was a must to take several photos - 12108
this is the "classic" blue 53' WE trailer - 12109  - 12110
 - 12111 last photo of Train 11 BNSF EB intermodal passing WSI - 12112
I had a good time together with Randy doing some railfanning from Summit to Silverwood from a different location.

 

Third Section: Summit & Silverwood  11/02/15 (128 photos)
I started early morning my train spotting above Summit looking West toward Hill 582 etc. I used a powerline road North of Summit. But the first 4 pictures have been taken from Summit overlook. Afterwards, I went down to USFS 3N45, crossing BNSF MT-3, going under BNSF MT-1 and MT-2, crossing UPT (Palmdale cutoff), making a right turn, driving along UPT and before Summit (Hiland) go uphill on a powerline road.
Summit Curve: BNSF WB all Auto Carrier on MT-3 - 12440 early morning with low sunlight - 12442
 - 12443 last photo of Train 1 - 12444
I parked my van above Summit and walked uphill to shoot . . - 12445 . . . Train 2: It is a BNSF EB coming from Alray - 12447
the engines of this BNSF intermodal train are before Hill 582 - 12449 now, the engines did just pass the Hill - 12450
 - 12451 soon, Train 2 will reach Silverwood - 12452
in the meantime, Train 3 BNSF WB intermodal . . . - 12453 . . . is just after the Summit Curve - 12454
below Train 3 BNSF WB and above Train 2 BNSF EB - 12455 both are intermodal trains - 12456
 - 12457 both trains are passing Silverwood - 12458
BNSF WB is on MT-2 and BNSF EB on MT-1 - 12459 they will finally meet each other just below WSI - 12460
 - 12461  - 12462
 - 12463  - 12464
 - 12465  - 12466
 - 12467 the engines of Train 2 will enter Summit Curve - 12469
 - 12470  - 12473
2 rear end DPU's are passing WSI - 12474 last photo of Train 2 BNSF EB intermodal - 12475
West Summit Island w/Silverwood signal bridge - 12477 Train 4 BNSF EB "bare table" on MT-1 - 12478
in the foreground is the Silverwood Connector to UPT - 12479 the engines are passing WSI and the signal bridge - 12480
the locos of Train 4 are entering Summit curve - 12481 at the same time is a BNSF WB Train 5 coming on MT-2 - 12482
in front are the empty double stack cars of Train 4 - 12483 the locos of Train 5 will pass WSI - 12484
there are DBS and TOFC on this intermodal train - 12485 all J.B. Hunt Containers in front - 12486
 - 12487 after the trailers are more containers - 12488
and some J.B. Hunt trailers - 12489  - 12490
an endles string of cars - 12491 the engines did pass Hill 582 - 12492
rear end of Train 5 BNSF WB - 12493 the Mormon Rocks as seen from above Summit - 12494
Train 6 BNSF EB bare table train - 12495 Train 7 BNSF EB all Auto Carrier - 12496
 - 12497  - 12498
 - 12499  - 12500
more cars coming uphill - 12501 the locos of Train 7 will enter the Summit curve - 12502
 - 12503  - 12504
there is a parade of graffiti - 12505  - 12506
 - 12507 large graffiti lettering on this Auto Rack - 12508
 - 12509  - 12510
 - 12511  - 12512
Auto-Max articulated Auto Carriers are also common - 12513  - 12514
 - 12515  - 12516
 - 12517  - 12518
 - 12519 last photo of Train 7 BNSF EB Auto Carrier - 12520
Train 8 UP EB bare table on MT-1 - 12521 in the middle is MT-3 just below the UP locos - 12522
 - 12523  - 12524
 - 12525  - 12527
 - 12528  - 12529
former SP Hiland is now UP territory - 12530 former Santa Fe Summit is now BNSF - 12531
MoW crew is doing some work at Summit - 12532 here comes Train 8 UP EB bare table as seen below Summit - 12533
here is the home of the BNSF security crew - 12534 Train 8 UP EB and new Train 9 UP WB meet at Summit - 12535
Train 9 w/4 units just after Summit curve - 12536 64' Reefers w/graffiti - 12537
UP 5763 = GE AC44CW-CTE - 12538 UP 6631 = GE AC4400CW - 12539
UP 7484 = GE AC45CCTE - 12540 UP 4101 = EMD SD70M - 12541
 - 12542 the first loco is passing WSI - 12543
 - 12544 behind the UP Train 9 is a BNSF WB Train 10 coming - 12545
Train 10 BNSF WB is a intermodal on MT-3 - 12546 UP Train 9 WB is a manifest on MT-2 - 12547
 - 12548  - 12549
 - 12550  - 12551
 - 12552 UP WB has a mid train DPU 6397 = GE AC44CW  - 12553
 - 12554  - 12555
 - 12556  - 12557
the parallel race on MT-3 below and MT-2 above - 12558 the UP mid train DPU is still visible - 12559
 - 12560  - 12561
 - 12562 the UP locos are already far and will reach Hill 582, soon - 12563
 - 12564 last car of UP Train 9 seen at ricght above - 12565
last intermodal cars of BNSF Train 10 on MT-3 - 12566 the engines of BNSF WB are at "Gish" - 12567
 - 12568 last photo of both trains in the distance - 12569
To kill the time while waiting for a train, I was walking toward UP Hiland. But there was nothing coming !!
UP former SP Hiland w/siding - 1300 closer look w/signal - 1302
electrical signal box MP 464 (South Hiland) - 1303 view toward BNSF Summit - 1301
I parked my van above Hiland - 1304 this is the powerline road I went up to shoot all the trains - 1306

 

Fourth Section: Silverwood and West Summit Island (WSI) 11/02/15 (170 photos)
After my visit high above Summit and Silverwood, I went down to WSI. This observation platform is between BNSF MT-1/MT-2 and MT-3.
And soon after, Jerry Shinar came up on WSI to say hello. No question, we had a good time together.
WSI Overlook w/Train 1 BNSF WB on MT-2 - 12570 MT-2 is having a 2,2 % grade and MT-3 below 3 % - 12571
Train 2 BNSF WB on MT-3 - 12573 I am standing on WSI looking toward Summit curve - 12576
 - 12577 Trains is an intermodal train going downhill - 12578
 - 12579  - 12580
 - 12581  - 12582
 - 12583  - 12584
 - 12585  - 12586
Train 3 BNSF WB intermodal on MT-2 - 12587  - 12588
 - 12589 left Train 3 BNSF WB on MT-2, right Train 2 on MT-3 - 12590
 - 12592  - 12591
left Train 2 WB on MT-3, right Train 3 WB on MT-2 - 12593 Jerry Shinar was coming to say hello - 12594
Jerry is maintaining WSI and also helping Don on Hill 582 - 12595 below Train 2 and above Train 3 - 12596
it looks like a downhill race of intermodal traffic - 12597  - 12598
 - 12599  - 12600
 - 12601 End of Train 2 on MT-3 - 12602
 - 12603 Train 2 is roling in front of Hill 582 and Train 3 behind - 12604
Train 4 BNSF WB intermodal on MT-3 - 12606 we can see, how the grade of 3 % is starting - 12607
 - 12609 last photo of Train 4 going downhill - 12611
behind the containers are lots of trailers - 20001 above the intermodal is a BNSF bare table - 20002
 - 20003 last photo of Train 4 BNSF WB on MT-3 - 20004
Train 5 BNSF EB bare table on MT-1 - 20005 last photo of Train 5 w/large graffiti - 20007
Train 6 BNSF EB intermodal on MT-1 - 20008  - 20009
4 units are pulling this BNSF EB train - 20010 BNSF 6987 = GE ES44C4 - 20011
BNSF 6626 = GE ES44C4 - 20012 BNSF - 20013
 - 20014  - 20015
 - 20016 BNSF 6705 = ES44C4 - 20017
 - 20018  - 20019
 - 20020 left: official "Cajon Pass Railroad Photography" van - 20021
cool license plate: RAIL 4X4 of Jerry's Pickup - 20022  - 20023
 - 20024 last photo of Train 6 BNSF EB intermodal - 20025
Train 7 BNSF WB intermodal on MT-2 - 20026  - 20027
ralfanning at ist best from WSI - 20028  - 20029
combined DBS and TOFC - 20030 here is a Werner Entersprises reefer trailer - 20031
sometimes, a phot is not prefect because of the shadow - 20032 last photo of Train 7 BNSF WB - 20033
once in a while, a BNSF MoW pickup is checking the tracks - 20034 here it is going downhill on mT-3 just passing WSI - 20035
Train 8 UP SB intermodal using the crossover . . . - 20036 . . . from BNSF MT-1 to UPT (Colton cutoff) - 20037
 - 20038  - 20039
UP 4619 = EMD SD70M - 20040 UP 8316 = EMD SD70ACe - 20041
UP 6006 = GE AC44CW - 20042  - 20043
 - 20044  - 20045
 - 20046  - 20047
 - 20048  - 20049
Jerry is taking care of WSI - 20050  - 20051
 - 20052  - 20053
 - 20054  - 20055
 - 20056 last photo of Train 8 UP SB - 20057
Train 9 BNSF WB manifest on MT-2 - 20059 - 20060
 - 20061 BNSF 7743 = GE ES44DC - 20062
BNSF 7762 = GE ES44DC - 20063 BNSF 1893 = EMD SD40.2 - 20064
 - 20065 first part of this train are with auto carriers - 20066
CAT loead on flat car - 20067 a mixed freight is always fun to see the variety - 20068
and as usual a lot of graffiti - 20069  - 20070
 - 20071  - 20072
 - 20073  - 20074
 - 20075 end of Train 9 BNSF WB - 20076
Train 10 BNSF WB intermodal on MT-2 - 20077  - 20078
 - 20079  - 20080
 - 20081  - 20082
 - 20083 left: Train 11 BNSF EB - right: Train 10 BNSF WB - 20084
 - 20085  - 20086
end of Train 10 BNSF WB - 20087 beginning of Train 11 BNSF EB manifest - 20088
there are 5 units pulling this EB - 20089  - 20090
BNSF 7755 = GE ES44DC - 20091  - 20092
closed coil car - 20093 open coil car - 20094
 - 20095  - 20096
 - 20097  - 20098
 - 20099  - 20100
last photo of Train 11 BNSF EB manifest - 20101 Train 12 BNSF WB intermodal - 20102
 - 20103 Train 12 BNSF WB will meet Train 13 BNSF EB - 20104
 - 20105  - 20106
First unit of Train 13 behind Train 12 - 20107  - 20108
 - 20109  - 20110
 - 20111  - 20112
 - 20113 last photo of Train 12 is also last photo of WSI action - 20114
Here I am showing lots of details about WSI (West Summit Island). Pictures on top and around WSI. As already mentioned, Jerry is maintaining WSI (incl. watering of the bushes, protection with RR ties around the platform and tree truncks to sit on it). WSI is located at EBCS Silverwood between BNSF MT-2 and MT-3. It is slightly elevated and the perfect spot for railfanning.
Jerry Shinar in front of his Toyota Tundra - 1308 the right vehicle to explore Cajon Pass - 1309
Jerry is leaving WSI . . . - 1310 . . . and going to USFS 3N45 - 1311
a special memorial for a former AT&SF engineer - 1312 how Jerry mounted the memorial on WSI - 1313
RR ties are protecting the platform - 1314 there is space for up to 3 cars - 1315
well, my minivan was also a Toyota: Sienna - 1316  - 1317
 - 1318 there are bushes on both side of the driveway - 1319
this sign is just next to the signal bridge and WSI - 1320  - 1321
 - 1322 this signal bridge was built during the 3rd MT project - 1323
rear side of WSI - 1324 on the rights sid eis MT-3 - 1325
MT-3 is at left - 1326  - 1327
 - 1328 the ramp is not too steep for a 2-wheel drive - 1329
These are the last photos of Silverwood and Summit area.

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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Cajon Pass Photo
Collection Part 4
Sullivan's Curve
October 29 and Nov. 1, 2015
3 diff. visits to Sullivan's
by Werner Meer
Switzerland

updated: 10/19/2017

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8 different and detailed Maps of Cajon Pass with captions (Mile Posts and Location) by Gary G. Gray - click here
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