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updated: May 21, 2029: 2211 to 2234 (Part 14)

Cajon Pass Sub
BNSF Mojave River Bridges Replacement Project
MP 34.1 at East Victorville, CA
2020

I am very pleased to show some exclusive photos of these photographers:
Gary G. Gray (GGG), Marc Fournier (MF).


Guest Photographers: to be announced
A big thank you for sharing these excellent pictures with us.
Note: The copyright belongs to these gentlemen. Do not use any photos without written permission.

Abbreviations found on this page: EB = East Bound, WB = West Bound, MT-1 = BNSF Main Track 1, MT-2 = BNSF Main Track 2, MP = Mile Post, DPU = Distributed Power Unit (Helpers)

For bigger size photos - please click on the 4-digit number below each photo (the first letters specify the photographer).

updated: January 6, 2020

New: 1/04/20 BNSF MOJAVE RIVER BRIDGES REPLACEMENT - A NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT - Part 1
Saw the following on TO.COM and decided to try and find out exactly what is going on in E. Victorville @ BNSF Cajon Sub MP 34.1.  -  East Victorville bridges on BNSF

On 1/04/20, Marc & I drove down to the BNSF Mojave Bridges to checkout the action. We talked to a 'seemingly knowledgeable' construction type who told us that both bridges are 100 yrs old and must be replaced.
We were also informed:

# 2001: A temporary construction / heavy equipment bridge will be built to the left of the existing Bridges. Two new RR bridges (with abutments for a future third bridge) will be built to the right of the existing BNSF Mojave River bridges. The existing RR Bridges and abutments will then be removed.

# 2002: Looking RR West toward Victorville. A temporary heavy equipment road is being built along the South side side of the BNSF Main. It will connect to the temporary construction Bridge being built to the left of the existing BNSF bridges.
24 hour site security now protects equipment--especially the solar panels and their batteries, which can be seen mounted on the MT-2 Bridge in photo #01. The project is expected to be completed in 20-24 months at a cost of $23,000,000+.
# 2003: We were then informed that after completion of the bridge project, BNSF will remove the Flyover / Natural Crossovers and "straighten out" the tacks near Frost @ MP 39.1.
  GGG, MF
GGG 1/04/20 BNSF Mojave River Bridges at MP 34.1 in East Victorville - 2001 GGG 1/04/20 New temporary road along BNSF Main. - 2002 GGG 1/04/20 Flyover at MP 39.1 (Frost) w/BNSF EB (natural crossover) - 2003

updated: January 14, 2020

New: 1/11/20 BNSF MOJAVE RIVER BRIDGES REPLACEMENT - A NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT - Part 2
why replace them'?
AS WE UNDERSTAND IT
-- The existing bridge abutments are of stone and masonry construction and have had numerous epoxy resin repairs over the years. These bridges are not earthquake "proof" from below (earth movement) or above (the heavy weight and vibrations of 40+ daily trains). By building new bridges beside the existing bridges, the 35 MPH speed restriction will the eliminated and the existing main line will remain open during construction.


# 2004: An edited Google map indicating the APPROXIMATE positions of the new bridges and the future mainline alignment....


# 2005: At one time, we could drive down to the bridges, however the new construction road eliminated that possibility. We then chose the area under the tower (upper left) as we could drive to it---the pictured "K" rail nixed that opportunity. NEVER TO BE DEFEATED, Mad Marc jumped the rail & climbed to the tower to photograph the following:

# 2006-2007: Two views of where the Construction Road Bridge will be built. 2007 also shows the 20+ foot drop off to the river bed. That drop off and the always present threat of flash flooding necessitate the extra expense of the temporary bridge.

# 2008: Looking RR West, toward VictimVille, the two construction roads are shown. We were told that the new ROW will be built close to the ORANGE property-line fence across the present ROW.


# 2009-2012: With all that's going on, we have adopted a 'SHOOT 'EM WHILE YOU CAN' policy.   MF & GGG
GGG 1/11/20 Google map proposed position of the new bridges - 2004 MF 1/11/20 (see text above) - 2005 MF 1/11/20 (see text above) - 2006
MF 1/11/20 BNSF EB intermodal - 2007 MF 1/11/20 Looking West toward VV - 2008 MF 1/11/20 BNSF 7968 WB - 2009
MF 1/11/20 BNSF 9511 EB - 2010 MF 1/11/20 BNSF 5886 DPU EB - 2011 MF 1/11/20 BNSF 7968 WB MP 34.1 - 2012

 updated: January 21, 2020

New: 1/20/20 BNSF MOJAVE RIVER BRIDGES REPLACEMENT - A NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT - Part 3
Yesterday (1/20/20), Marc & I drove down to the BNSF Mojave River Bridges Replacement Project --only to find that ALL of our favorite photographic spots have been declared 'OFF LIMITS' - with security in place.

# 2013: The only remaining view of the bridges - from the favorite position of most railfan photographers.


# 2014: Never to be deterred, Mad Marc drove us a bit compass West (toward Oro Grande) to find this view of the bridges. The white gravel is from an evidently abandoned project to build a second BNSF RR yard on the Southern CA Logistics Airport (old George AFB). The ARROW points to some Bureau of Land Management roads, on the other side of the bridges, that we WILL explore.

# 2015 & 2016:  # 2016 is a closeup image of both bridges while both images (arrows) show the CABLE SUPPORTED, HAND PROPELLED underside inspection basket. Many years ago I was offered, by a NOW RETIRED ATSF Official, a ride in said bucket with the guarantee that "you'll never forget having been in that bucket, in the middle of the bridge, with a speeding train just above you". I declined the offer!!!!

# 2017 & 2018: BNSF 6505 East crosses the Mojave and heads into Oro Grande and on to Barstow.

Now, to find those BLM roads on the RR East side of the Mojave River.   GGG / MF
MF 1/20/20 BNSF 7770 WB - 2013 GGG 1/20/20 side view of bridges - 2014 GGG 1/20/20 check arrow right side - 2015
GGG 1/20/20 closeup w/arrow - 2016 GGG 1/20/20 BNSF 6505 EB on bridge - 2017 GGG 1/20/20 same toward Oro Grande - 2018

updated: January 29, 2020

New: 1/24/20 BNSF MOJAVE RIVER BRIDGES REPLACEMENT - A NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT - Part 4
Marc & I decided to go find a way into the other (North) side of the BNSF Mojave River Bridges. Turns out, it was an easy drive & find.  The roads all belong  to either the BLM, the electrical transmission Corp, or the Calportland Cement Company in Oro Grande, and are reasonably maintained.

However, and as always one must have respect for the Desert --- a well maintained high clearance vehicle and adequate water are mandated.  In season, total respect for rattle snakes, the heat & all of the creepy crawling desert critters is mandatory.   GGG / MF
GGG 1/24/20 edited Google map - 2019 GGG 1/24/20 just enlarge to see the details and description - 2020 GGG 1/24/20 BNSF 6846 is EB past our old photographic area (arrow) - 2021
# 2019 & 2020: Leaving Victimville we traveled North via I-15. After crossing the Mojave River, we turned onto Stoddard-Wells road & drove north to Quarry Rd. West on Quarry road until intercepting the power line roads and followed one of them South.
Since we were looking and shooting South, most images will be back-lit.
MF 1/24/20 BNSF 6846 EB crosses . . - 2022 MF 1/24/20 . . the Mojave River and . . - 2023 MF 1/24/20 proceeds on to Oro Grande - 2024
MF 1/24/20 BNSF 6854 is EB @ MP 34 - 2025 MF 1/24/20 UP 9008? is WB at MP 35 - 2026 MF 1/24/20 see text above - 2027
# 2027: We were told that the markers & fence (arrows) are the northern property boundary of BNSF land.  If the new bridges and mainlines are to be built here, it is a very, very narrow corridor from which numerous HUGE boulders must be removed.
MF 1/24/20 Preparatory work . . - 2028 MF 1/24/20 . . near the existing . . - 2029 GGG-MF 1/24/20 . . bridge abutments. - 2030
GGG 1/24/20 BNSF 8146 EB @ MP 34.4 - 2031 GGG 1/24/20 BNSF 8276 EB @ MP 34 - 2032 GGG 1/24/20 same train on bridge - 2033
GGG 1/24/20 BNSF 4575 WB at MP 33 - 2034 GGG 1/24/20 same BNSF WB - 2035 GGG 1/24/20 same on bridge MP 34.5 - 2036

updated: February 18, 2020

New: 2/12/20 BNSF MOJAVE RIVER BRIDGES REPLACEMENT - A NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT - Part 5
our 12 Feb 2020 documentation of the BNSF RR replacement of its Mojave River Bridges at BNSF Cajon Sub at MP 34.1
Here are 2 interesting links:
Ames Construction | Ames Construction | General Contractor

https://www.herzog.com/innovation/continuous-welded-rail-distribution-machine/
GGG 2/12/20 edited Google Map - 2037 GGG 2/12/20 - 2038 GGG 2/12/20 - 2039
# 2037: An edited Google map showing our Northern & Southern Photo spots.
These are COMPASS directions and do not refer to the directions of RR travel.
From the SOUTHERN PHOTO AREA
# 2038: The classic view of the bridges.  We talked to four employees of the General contractor --- Ames construction.  These gents confirmed that they will build TWO replacement MAIN LINE BRIDGES to the RIGHT - and a temporary construction bridge to the LEFT of the EXISTING BRIDGES.
# 2039: A LONG shot of our NORTHERN PHOTO AREA--in an around the two tall vertical poles in the middle of the picture. 
GGG 2/12/20 - 2040 GGG 2/12/20 - 2041 GGG 2/12/20 - 2042
From The NORTHERN PHOTO AREA
# 2040: The MIGHTY MOJAVE RIVER in all its GLORY.  The RIVER is one of the few that flow North and when the CoE must, on rare occasion, open the Silverwood Dam, flooding is the rule.
# 2041-2042: Two views of the footings for the Temporary Construction Bridge.
GGG 2/12/20 - 2043 GGG 2/12/20 - 2044 GGG 2/12/20 - 2045
# 2043-2045: UP 8084 & DPU's cross the Mojave River Bridge and continue to Barstow.
GGG 2/12/20 - 2046 GGG 2/12/20 - 2047 GGG 2/12/20 - 2048
# 2046-2047: Preparations for the Southern approach to the new Bridges.
# 2048-2049: From just COMPASS North of the existing Bridges, the new ROW will be on this side of the existing tracks.
GGG 2/12/20 - 2049 GGG 2/12/20 - 2050 GGG 2/12/20 - 2051
# 2050-2051: BNSF 6892 is (RAILROAD EB) @ MP 34.1 -- toward Oro Grande & Barstow.
GGG 2/12/20 - 2052 GGG 2/12/20 - 2053 GGG 2/12/20 - 2054
# 2052-2053: BNSF 6892 has crossed the Mojave River and heads to Oro Grande & Barstow.
# 2054: Some drilling in the rocky area which will become the new RoW.  Interesting was the 'EVIDENT' number of workers vs the number of supervisors??
GGG 2/12/20 - 2055 GGG 2/12/20 - 2056 GGG 2/12/20 - 2057
# 2055-2056: The CAJON ROVER II and the local scenery at the NORTHERN PHOTO area.
# 2057-2058: The homeless / Squatter encampment on the North side of the Mojave River.
GGG 2/12/20 - 2058 GGG 2/12/20 - 2059 GGG 2/12/20 - 2060
# 2059-2060: BNSF 7359 rail train & the Herzog RUM (Rail Unloading Machine) working in the Oro Grande, CA siding - Near the CalPortland Cement plant. (See direct link above)

updated: February 23, 2020

New: 2/21/20 BNSF MOJAVE RIVER BRIDGES REPLACEMENT - A NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT - Part 6
On Friday 2/21, Marc & I drove to the Compass North side of the BNSF Mojave River Bridges in an attempt to answer our one BURNING question: What is AMES Construction going to do with ALL the HUGE BOULDERS which litter the project area? Actually, it turned into the RAILFAN's perfect day with VERY HEAVY rail traffic --- AND our Boulders question was answered.   MF & GGG
 
Despite my sincere advice that Ames should use the ROADRUNNER CARTOON method and call the ACME BOULDER BUSTER Corporation for help --- they decided to use their own equipment.
MF 2/21/20 BNSF 7312 is EB through . . - 2067 MF 2/21/20 . . . the construction area - 2068 MF 2/21/20 BNSF 7849 is WB @ MP34.2 - 2069
MF 2/21/20 So, Ames sent in their own "Caterpillar HAMMER". . . . - 2070 MF 2/21/20 . . . Obviously, the Boulders didn't stand a chance. - 2071 MF 2/21/20 The newly cleared (or being cleared) Right Of Way (ROW). - 2072
MF 2/21/20 The newly cleared (or being cleared) Right Of Way (ROW). - 2073 MF 2/21/20 Two of the HAMMER doing its thing---making small rocks outta Boulders. - 2074 MF 2/21/20 Two of the HAMMER doing its thing---making small rocks outta Boulders. - 2075
MF 2/21/20 BNSF 3753 is WB through the area.
- 2076
MF 2/21/20 BNSF 3753 is WB through the area.
- 2077
MF 2/21/20 Concrete pour - footings for temporary construction bridge - 2078
MF 2/21/20 Concrete pour - footings for temporary construction bridge - 2079 MF 2/21/20 Work on new ROW - 2080 MF 2/21/20 We have absolutely no idea what function this contraption serves - 2081
MF 2/21/20 BNSF 7312 EB MP 34 - 2082 MF 2/21/20 BNSF 7312 EB on bridge - 2083 MF 2/21/20 BNSF 6738 is WB MP 34 - 2084
MF 2/21/20 BNSF 6598 WB & 7046 EB meet MP 34.5 - 2085 MF 2/21/20 BNSF 7046 East passes the BNSF WB intermodal - 2086 MF 2/21/20 BNSF 7046 East crosses the Mojave River - 2087

updated: March 9, 2020

New: 3/04/20 BNSF MOJAVE RIVER BRIDGES REPLACEMENT - A NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT - Part 7
Wednesday (3/04), Marc & I hosted Spike & Doc Jones on a quick trip to the North Side of the BNSF Mojave Bridge Replacement Project.  MF & GGG
MF 3/04/20 - 2088 MF 3/04/20 - 2089 MF 3/04/20 - 2090
# 2088 - 2091: Marc followed BNSF 7009 East from the CEMEX Cement plant in Victorville to crossing the Mojave River Bridges. NOTE: in # 2091 note the newly poured Southern footings of the replacement bridges (bottom center).
MF 3/04/20 - 2091 MF 3/04/20 A closeup of the above mentioned Southern footings. - 2092 MF 3/04/20 Drilling for the North side footings. - 2093
MF 3/04/20 Newly poured Construction Bridge footings / supports - 2094 MF 3/04/20 The many boulders have been "busted" and removed . . .  - 2095 MF 3/04/20 . . . allowing work on the new Right of Way (ROW). - 2096
MF 3/04/20 BNSF 6752 is WB . . . - 2097 MF 3/04/20 . . . passing through the . . . - 2098 MF 3/04/20 . . . construction area. - 2099

updated: March 29, 2020

New: 3/25/20 BNSF MOJAVE RIVER BRIDGES REPLACEMENT - A NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT - Part 8
Wednesday (march 25), Marc & I braved the Killer Flu & Government  "SIT & STAY", orders to continue our documentation of the BNSF MOJAVE RIVER BRIDGES REPLACEMENT.   MF & GGG
MF 3/25/20 Forms for the Southern mainline bridge abutment are being built. - 2103 MF 3/25/20 This abutment will evidently be a HUGE hunk of reinforced concrete. - 2104 MF 3/25/20 Surveying for the Northern Abutment is underway - 2105
MF 3/25/20 Concrete supports for the temporary construction bridge are curing. - 2106 MF 3/25/20 Concrete supports for the temporary construction bridge are curing. - 2107 MF 3/25/20 see text below - 2108
# 2108: We wondered; for what exotic reason was the trench cut. Seems it's a simple way to keep construction debris from polluting the Mighty Mojave River. Just in front of the right hand pier, it appears that work is underway for the Northern supports of the construction bridge.
MF 3/25/20 BNSF 4238 East approaches & crosses the the Mojave River. - 2109 MF 3/25/20 BNSF 4238 East approaches & crosses the the Mojave River. - 2110 MF 3/25/20 BNSF 4238 East approaches &  crosses the the Mojave River. - 2111
MF 3/25/20 - 2112 MF 3/25/20 - 2113 MF 3/25/20 - 2114
# 2112: What the appropriately dressed Ames Construction Superintendent drives for a work vehicle---yeah, it's pink.
# 2113-2117: After the Boulder Basher does it's thing, a wheeled Front End Loader loads the rocks & dirt, backs across the mainline and deposits its load into a home-made DIRT / ROCK separator.  The dirt is being "Banked" to help build the sub-roadbed for the new alignment.
MF 3/25/20 - 2115 MF 3/25/20 - 2116 MF 3/25/20 - 2117

updated: April 10, 2020

New: 4/07/20 BNSF MOJAVE RIVER BRIDGES REPLACEMENT - A NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT - Part 9
It truly was a COOL, DARK, RAINY, and BREEZY day last Tuesday (April 7).  Even with clouds of the KILLER VIRUS swirling around us,  we decided to visit the BNSF Mojave River Bridge Replacement Project. MF & GGG
 # 2120: THE BIG PICTURE! Shows the new Southern abutment being formed (upper left), the concrete foundations for the temporary construction bridge (middle), and what will be the Northern ROW to / from the new Bridge (right middle).
MF 4/07/20 The Big Picture (see above) - 2130 MF 4/07/20 The Southern foundation with a heavy rebar cage, . . . - 2131 MF 4/07/20 . . . . is in place for the abutment.
2132
# 2133-2135: The first wooden panel for the abutment form is lifted into place. Obviously, the wooden form pieces will surround the rebar cage and then filled with concrete.
MF 4/07/20 - 2133 MF 4/07/20 see large vertical photo - 2134 MF 4/07/20 - 2135
MF 4/07/20 The Northern ROW approach to new bridge - 2136 MF 4/07/20 Finished foundations for the temporary construction bridge - 2137 MF 4/07/20 BNSF 7338 WB at Oro Grande, awaits permission to enter the construction area - 2138

updated: April 19, 2020

New: 4/16/20 BNSF MOJAVE RIVER BRIDGES REPLACEMENT - A NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT - Part 10
April 16, Marc & I visited both ends of the BNSF Mojave River Bridge Replacement Project. There has not been much visible progress since our visit last week, but the trains were moving.  MF & GGG
From the NORTH END of the project here is PART ONE.
MF 4/16/20 The Southern Abutment--We could not tell if concrete had been poured into the vertical forms but the forms are being strengthened and built higher. - 2142 MF 4/16/20 Drilling into bedrock for the new Northern Abutment foundation is underway. - 2143 MF 4/16/20 Clearance of boulders for the Northern (RR East of bridges) ROW is near completion. - 2144
MF 4/16/20 BNSF 7766 is WB to the bridges at MP34. - 2145 MF 4/16/20 BNSF 7766 WB at MP33.5 - 2146 MF 4/16/20 BNSF 6660 WB bare table at MP34 - 2147
MF 4/16/20 BNSF 6660 West approaches & crosses the Mojave River Bridges. - 2148 MF 4/16/20 Note the relative position of the new Southern Abutment to the existing Bridges. - 2149 MF 4/16/20 BNSF 6660 West (far track-bare table) is stopped while BNSF 7302 East (near track) approaches the bridges. - 2150
We drove around to the SOUTHERN VIEW POINT to see if we could picture both the existing BNSF Mojave River bridges and the construction of their replacement in one frame .
MF 4/16/20 Now looking generally North, the under construction Southern Abutment.

2151
MF 4/16/20 BNSF 6956 West crosses the River.  The positional relationship between the old & new bridges is obvious.  The "CAT" Pneumatic HAMMER (Boulder Buster) had continuously worked, in the pictured one place, for the two hours we had been watching. - 2152 MF 4/16/20 This SUPER Telephoto shots & some editing magic reveals the HUGE boulder lying directly in the path of the new ROW. To give some kind of size comparison, the boulder appears to be much larger than the "CAT" machine assigned to destroy it. - 2156
New questions:  Why does the new abutment appear to be much shorter than the existing bridge--Will the new ROW be at a lower level????
Is the new bridge wide enough for the (planned) future third mainline?
MF 4/16/20 This SUPER Telephoto shot & some editing magic reveals the HUGE boulder lying directly in the path of the new ROW. To give some kind of size comparison, the boulder appears to be much larger than the "CAT" machine assigned to destroy it. - 2153 MF 4/16/20 BNSF 6956 finishes its crossing of The Mighty Mojave and heads RR West toward the Cemex Plant and Victorville. - 2154 MF 4/16/20 BNSF 6956 finishes its crossing of The Mighty Mojave and heads RR West toward the Cemex Plant and Victorville. - 2155
While having a GREAT Arby's sandwich & Coke (Coca Cola) for lunch, we deeply pondered the impossibilities of our photographic mission.

#1  It is IMPOSSIBLE to Shelter at Home while there are trains running !
#2  It is IMPOSSIBLE to use a viewfinder, focus, adjust the telephoto and photograph a rapidly moving object while wearing a preformed surgical mask !  -  #3  It is IMPOSSIBLE for us to convince anyone that we are sane !

updated: May 3, 2020

New: 4/24/20 BNSF MOJAVE RIVER BRIDGES REPLACEMENT - A NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT - Part 11
Marc & I visited the BNSF Mojave Bridges Replacement Project last Friday (4/24/20) to check on progress. Since our weekly reports usually show little visible progress, we have decided to try an every other week approach to our documentation.   MF & GGG
MF 4/24/20 - 2157 MF 4/24/20 - 2158 MF 4/24/20 - 2159
# 2157-2158: While there was little VISIBLE construction progress, East Bound train traffic was heavy. UP 9033 and its DPU (UP 5297) are East Bound over the Mojave River @ MP 34.1.
# 2159-2161: This large PAD was built and compacted during the week.  We were told that the four large cement blocks will support the temporary construction ramp and bridge??? The PAD will  support the HEAVY EQUIPMENT (crane) which will eventually be needed to remove the iron superstructures of the existing bridges??????
MF 4/24/20 - 2160 MF 4/24/20 - 2161 MF 4/24/20 BNSF 7811 EB intermodal - 2162
MF 4/24/20 BNSF EB intermodal over the Mojave River bridges. - 2163 MF 4/24/20 BNSF EB rear end DPU's pushing a UP Autorack (same train) - 2164 MF 4/24/20 Equipment and "banked" dirt used for construction ramps, pads and future ROW. - 2165
MF 4/24/20 Equipment and "banked" dirt used for construction ramps, pads and future ROW. - 2166 MF 4/24/20 We have NO idea which boulders will need explosive persuasion, but at the upper left, PROTECTIVE BLASTING MATS are ready for placement.  The steel beams are for the temporary construction bridge. - 2167 MF 4/24/20 BNSF 8182 East approaches & crosses the Mojave River - 2168
MF 4/24/20 BNSF 8182 East approaches & crosses the Mojave River - 2169 MF 4/24/20 The CAT hammer drill (Boulder Buster) attachment. - 2170 MF 4/24/20 A telephoto looking at the Victorville CEMEX plant catches BNSF 8265 East (Z train-highest priority) running around BNSF 7275 East (Q train-2nd highest priority). - 2171
MF 4/24/20 Z train BNSF 8265 East approaches the Mojave River Bridges.  Note the rebar extending from the bedrock behind the Southern Abutment & just ahead of the leftmost red truck. - 2172 MF 4/24/20 A closeup of the above mentioned rebar. - 2173 MF 4/24/20 Z train BNSF 8265 continues EB after crossing the River. - 2174
MF 4/24/20 Q train BNSF 7275 is EB w two Norfolk Southern RR units, the second of which is the Norfolk & Western Heritage unit # 8103. - 2175 MF 4/24/20 Closeups of NS Heritage unit--Norfolk & Western # 8103 - 2176 MF 4/24/20 Closeups of NS Heritage unit--Norfolk & Western # 8103 - 2177

updated: May 13, 2020

New: 5/03/20 BNSF MOJAVE RIVER BRIDGES REPLACEMENT - A NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT - Part 12
Last Sunday (May 5), my wife Laura joined Marc and me on a trek to both photographic spots for the BNSF Mojave River Bridges Replacement project.   From the NORTHERN end of the project!  LMG, MF, GGG
MF 5/03/20 BNSF 7668 WB - 2178 MF 5/03/20 BNSF WB - 2179 MF 5/03/20 BNSF WB - 2180
# 2178-2182: As we arrived at the NORTHERN Photo spot, we heard the horn of a West Bound train approaching from Oro Grande. BNSF 7668 approaches & crosses the Mojave River Bridges.
MF 5/03/20 BNSF WB - 2181 MF 5/03/20 BNSF WB passing the site - 2182 MF 5/03/20 The wooden forms for the new Southern Abutment have been removed. - 2183
MF 5/03/20 Close up of new Southern Abutment. - 2184 MF 5/03/20 Rebar cages and forms for the concrete Southern approaches to the new bridge are being fabricated. - 2185 MF 5/03/20 Preparations for explosives - 2186
# 2186-2188: The bedrock which will support the new NORTHERN Abutment appears to be well above the level of the future ROW and will need "explosive reduction". Holes have been drilled, Detonation Cords and blast mats are ready for pouring of the LIQUID? explosives.
MF 5/03/20 Detonation Cords - 2187 MF 5/03/20 Blast Mats - 2188 MF 5/03/20 BNSF 6908 WB approaches & crosses the Mojave River Bridges - 2189
MF 5/03/20 BNSF 6908 WB approaches & crosses the Mojave River Bridges - 2190 MF 5/03/20 BNSF 6908 WB approaches & crosses the Mojave River Bridges - 2191 MF 5/03/20 Image of the finished heavy equipment PAD--now surrounded on three sides with safety "K" rails. - 2192
MF 5/03/20 Southern face of the Southern abutment. - 2193 MF 5/03/20 Closeup of rebar & forms for the concrete future approach to the Southern abutment. - 2194 MF 5/03/20 View of existing bridges & new Southern Abutment. - 2195
# 2196-2198: The CLASSIC BNSF MOJAVE RIVER BRIDGES view with BNSF 7157 West heading toward Victorville.
MF 5/03/20 BNSF 7157 WB - 2196 MF 5/03/20 BNSF WB - 2197 MF 5/03/20 BNSF toward Victorville - 2198
# 2199-2206: While MAD MARC & I were photographing the bridges and other construction, Laura focused on the surrounding desert plants and rock formations. So, most of her images are of scenery except for: # 2207-2210.
LMG 5/03/20 - 2199 LMG 5/03/20 - 2200 LMG 5/03/20 - 2201
LMG 5/03/20 - 2202 LMG 5/03/20 - 2203 LMG 5/03/20 - 2204
LMG 5/03/20 - 2205 LMG 5/03/20 - 2206 LMG 5/03/20 GGG & the Cajon Rover - 2207
LMG 5/03/20 MAD MARC spots a train - 2208 LMG 5/03/20 The train - 2209 LMG 5/03/20 - 2210
A big thank you goes to Laura for her wonderful desert vegetation and special rock formation photographs.  Werner

updated: May 19, 2020

New: 5/14/20 BNSF MOJAVE RIVER BRIDGES REPLACEMENT - A NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT - Part 13
Thursday (May 14), our neighbor & close friend Jorge L. joined Marc & me on a visit to the newly named "RATTLESNAKE ROCKS"---The North side of the BNSF Bridge Replacement Project.  -  MF & GGG
# 2211: Upon arrival, we were greeted with BNSF 4206 EB. The pictured WB stack train had "lost its air" & was stalled until air recovery . No chance was the crew going to tackle Cajon without train braking available.
# 2212-2213: To the right of the orange cones is the area lowered by last weeks detonations. It now appears to be about eight feet lower than before. The orange cones cover new drill holes for the next round of explosive persuasion.
MF 5/14/20 BNSF 4206 EB - 2211 MF 5/14/20 - 2212 MF 5/14/20 holes for explosives - 2213
# 2214-2217: Rock debris from previous explosive rock fracturing is being removed.
MF 5/14/20 - 2214 MF 5/14/20 - 2215 MF 5/14/20 - 2216
# 2218-2219: Steel supports for the southern end of the TEMPORARY Construction Bridge have been erected. The temporary Heavy Equipment Pad is being used, for the first time, to support the pictured steel lifting construction crane.
MF 5/14/20 - 2217 MF 5/14/20 - 2218 MF 5/14/20 - 2219
MF 5/14/20 BNSF 8391 East to & over the Mojave River - 2220 MF 5/14/20 BNSF 8391 East to & over the Mojave River - 2221 MF 5/14/20 UP 8156 West approaches the construction area - 2222
MF 5/14/20 UP 8156 West approaches & passes through the construction area - 2223 MF 5/14/20 UP 8156 West passes through the construction area - 2224 MF 5/14/20 BNSF 6824 West @ MP 34.5 - 2225
MF 5/14/20 BNSF 6824 West @ MP 34.5 - 2226 MF 5/14/20 - 2227 MF 5/14/20 - 2228
# 2227-2228: Looking at the new Southern Abutment & the ramp leading to it, we found it interesting that preformed concrete panels were being installed to form the outside ramp wall - rather than building forms to encase the rebar cage with concrete.  Obviously, this development will require more investigation.

updated: May 21, 2020

New: 5/17/20 BNSF MOJAVE RIVER BRIDGES REPLACEMENT - A NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT - Part 14
On Sunday (May 17), Marc & I drove to the SOUTHERN (Victorville) view point of BNSF Mojave River Bridge Replacement Project to photograph progress on the Eastern retaining wall of the approach ramp leading to the Southern Abutment.
# 2229: An older image, from the NORTHERN view point showing the Southern Abutment and the Eastern retention wall of the approach ramp.
MF 5/17/20 - 2229 MF 5/17/20 - 2230 MF 5/17/20 - 2231
# 2230-2233: Images of the Eastern retention wall of the ramp. Note the very thick rebar cage and the HUGE concrete pour - all to support the future heavy and rapidly moving trains.
# 2234: Image of progress on the TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION BRIDGE showing two new abutment walls (one still with forms still attached).
MF 5/17/20 - 2232 MF 5/17/20 - 2233 MF 5/17/20 - 2234

 

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