The engineer on the BNSF 5258 (GE Dash 9-44CW) with seven units and a mixed manifest just north of Mojave, California is probably thinking about getting through town and on to BNSF rails at South Mojave. After his left turn onto BNSF rails its less than 70 miles to home.
A General Electric ES44AC idles in the Mojave, CA yard on March 7, 2010 waiting for a call on the turn over to the cement plant a Monolith, CA. The conductor may be wondering how long the work will last with the collapse of construction in California and Nevada.
Before the UP merger, SP moved a considerable amount of coal over Donner Pass, through the San Joaquin Valley and over Tehachapi Pass. One such train is led here by GE AC4400CW 266 near Mojave, CA in Sept.1995. from a 6x7 Fujichrome transparency.
The local out of Victorville heads towards Hesperia at the flyover at Frost, California.
This photo also shows the nearby Mojave Narrows Regional Park that features camping, fishing, and horseback riding besides the ever popular hobby of watching trains.
Meets at Frost can happen at any time due to the high volume of trains on the Cajon Sub. Victorville, CA on the BNSF's Cajon Sub. Union Pacific has rights over the these tracks between Riverside and Daggett.
Out in the middle of no where, there is a siding. It is called Field. I am near Field, looking towards Dunn. There is basically nothing at either siding. It is a great place to collect rocks, tho...
I just may drive to Field and Dunn tomorrow...
This is probably my most favorite non-traditional rail photograph. Captured in Helendale, California on the BNSF line between Victorville and Barstow. There is so much to photograph after the power passes, take advantage of every opportunity.
This was a UP manifest train heading east...
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