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  1. WP 805-A

    WP 805-A

  2. Desert Morning.

    Desert Morning.

    The BNSF 4732 (GE Dash 9-44CW) leads a northbound block of grain loads on March 11 toward a feed mill in the San Joaquin Valley. This day will prove to be sunny after several days of early March blustery weather.
  3. Quick Turn to Monolith

    Quick Turn to Monolith

    The UP 8314(EMD SD70ACe) and another unit are hustling a block of cement hoppers from the yard at Mojave to the cement plant at Monolith, California on March 10. The crew will be pleased today that they can set out these empties, pick up their loads and be on there way back to Mojave in less...
  4. Searchlights at Monolith

    Searchlights at Monolith

    On March 10 this northbound BNSF mixed manifest lead by the BNSF 5479 (GE Dash 9-44CW) split the searchlights at Monolith, California. The once common searchlight signal is slowly being replaced by more modern configurations.
  5. Meet at Tehachapi

    Meet at Tehachapi

    A southbound UPS train meets a northbound train of auto racks with the BNSF 7429 (GE ES44DC) in the lead at Tehachapi, California on March 10. There is snow in the air at Tehachapi and high winds ahead near Mojave. It may be a long time before this crew gets it UPS trailers to Barstow.
  6. Up the Creek

    Up the Creek

    This UPS train, led by the BNSF 7396 (GE ES44DC), is coming into Marcel, California on March 10. This is the last leg up Tehachapi Creek before reaching the summit highlands.
  7. Snow Ahead

    Snow Ahead

    The BNSF 7612 (GE ES44DC) leads this domestic double stack through Tunnel 1 above Caliente, California. On this March 10 there are many signs of spring in the Tehachapis but the crew may be wondering if they need to deal with snow before they make in to Mojave.
  8. Climbing Through the Fog

    Climbing Through the Fog

    The crew in the cab of the BNSF 7396 (GE ES44DC) are settling into there slog up the hill to Tehachapi, California last March 10. In a few minutes the will enter Tunnel 2 followed by the long siding at Bealville.
  9. Climbing Through the Fog

    Climbing Through the Fog

    The crew in the cab of the BNSF 7396 (GE ES44DC) are settling into there slog up the hill to Tehachapi, California last March 10. In a few minutes the will enter Tunnel 2 followed by the long siding at Bealville.
  10. Caliente Meet

    Caliente Meet

    These BNSF trains meet at the north end of Caliente while the fog slowly burns off. The only sign of spring this last March 10 are the yellow wild flowers.
  11. Climb Ahead

    Climb Ahead

    Shortly this southward BNSF train carrying domestic double stack containers last March 9 will be negotiating the horse shoe curve at Caliente, California and settling down for the hard climb to Tehachapi.
  12. Coming Out of the Mountains

    Coming Out of the Mountains

    The crew on this northward BNSF mix manifest near Caliente, California are probably thinking about their plans after marking off in Bakersfield only 25 miles up the road. This March 9 morning there was snow in the mountains back toward Tehachapi but the sun is starting to shine this afternoon.
  13. Swallowed

    Swallowed

    This southward BNSF mixed manifest coming into Caliente, California last March 9 is seemingly overwhelmed by the mountains. In another 26 miles it will be through the mountains and on its way to Barstow.
  14. Leaving Winter Behind?

    Leaving Winter Behind?

    This southbound UP mixed manifest just above Caliente, California last March 9 is moving a lot of power taken from storage. Will the units be put back into service as the economy recovers or will they go to scrap?
  15. A Long Way from Colton

    A Long Way from Colton

    This pastoral setting is a long way from Colton, California and the urban sprawl of the LA Basin. Last March 9 the crew on the UP 5458 (GE ES44AC) will see snow showers, high desert and Cajon Pass before they tie up in Colton.
  16. Dropping Into Caliente

    Dropping Into Caliente

    Last March 9 the engineer on the BNSF 4754 (GE Dash 9-44CW) is focused on his speed as he keeps his long train under control during the last part of their decent from Tehachapi, California.
  17. Snaking Through Bealville

    Snaking Through Bealville

    Last March 9 this northbound double stack filled with J B Hunt containers pulled off a quick meet with a southbound UPS train at Bealville, California. The dispatcher is probably pleased the northbound only had to wait 10 minutes to clear the southbound.
  18. Snow?

    Snow?

    The crew on the BNSF 7251(GE ES44DC) have just left a rain shower behind in Caliente, California and are probably wondering if they face snow showers ahead. That is all they need on top of a 10 MPH slow order at Tunnel 9. Everyone gets cranky when UPS misses a sort due to a train delay.
  19. Lonely Pusher

    Lonely Pusher

    Over 50 years ago, when I was a young buff in Oregon, helpers were manned by an engineer and fireman. Last March 8 UP 8249 (GMD SD9043AC), pushing a UP mixed manifest toward Bakersfield, California, is controlled by a box.
  20. Winter Passes Above Caliente Creek

    Winter Passes Above Caliente Creek

    The engineer of this northward mixed manifest last March 8 may be thinking about how the UP 5412s (GE ES44AC) winter grime contrasts with the greening spring time hills above Caliente, California.



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