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  1. east_bay_alex

    Tehachapi Trip 2017

    Here is a video taken from a recent trip to the Tehachapi Mountains: 5_pGSywSHyU Enjoy, and subscribe for more!
  2. San Joaquin Daylight

    San Joaquin Daylight

    SP SDP45 3207 leads the San Joaquin Daylight toward tunnel 2 east of Caliente on April 18, 1971. Photo by Russell T. Sharp
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    BNSF ES44DC Locomotive #7253 Tehachapi, California

    BNSF ES44DC locomotive #7253 races past the sand plant on the outskirts of Tehachapi, California as the lead unit of a J. B. Hunt intermodal train. http://trainswest.blogspot.com/2012/07/bnsf-es44dc-locomotive-7253-tehachapi.html
  4. Smoking at Sandcut

    Smoking at Sandcut

    UP power climbs the short hill at Sandcut as it approaches Bakersfield.
  5. Charging out of Caliente

    Charging out of Caliente

    Espee had a 14-hour MoW window over Tehachapi; which caused ATSF to run as many trains out of the valley before the MoW had the entire rr to itself.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  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


    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. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Thinking About Rest

    Thinking About Rest

    The engineer of this northward grainer has just used BNSF 5412 (GE Dash 9-44CW) and three other units to move 400,000 bushels of wheat through Ilmon, California and is running along Caliente Creek. He has put the Tehachapis behind and can start thinking about going on rest in Bakersfield 20...
  19. What Kind of Power?

    What Kind of Power?

    The power on this set of UP locomotives at Monolith, California depend on the judgment of the engineer. The wind mills on Pajuela Peak depend on the random action of the wind.
  20. Silent Sentinel of Safety I

    Silent Sentinel of Safety I

    BNSF 4932 (GE Dash 9-44CW) splits the block signals at Monolith, CA on March 7, 2010. In a moment the train will have moved on and the only sound will be traffic on the highway across the meadow.

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