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updated: February 11, 2021 (1013-1021)  /  February 20, 201: Bonus Photos (RS-2110 - RS-2116)

Cajon Pass Photo Collection 16/16

I am very pleased to show some exclusive photos of these photographers:
Don E. Toles (DET), 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.

Photos are sorted by date (not by location): oldest are on top and newest at the bottom - just scroll down!
Some photos were taken at one of these locations below (we usually mention the place of the photo):
Dagget, Barstow, Victorville/Narrows, Frost/Crossover, Hesperia, Lugo/Martinez, Summit, West Summit Island, Silverwood, Hill 582 Area, Alray/Tunnel Area, CP Walker/Davis Ranch Road, Mormon Rocks/Stein's Hill/Pine Lodge/HWY 138, Sullivan's Curve, Cajon Station/Junction, Graffiti Bridge, Swarthout Canyon Road Crossing, Blue Cut, Lower Canyon, San Bernardino, Colton Yard

Bonus Photos - non Cajon Pass - are at the bottom of this page (just scroll down)

Abbreviations found on this page: EB = East Bound, NB = North Bound, SB = South Bound, WB = West Bound, MT-1 = BNSF Main Track 1, MT-2 = BNSF Main Track 2, MT-3 = BNSF Main Track 3, UPT = UP Colton-Palmdale Cutoff Track, MP = Mile Post, DRR = Davis Ranch Road, DPU = Distributed Power Unit (Helpers), SC = Sullivan's Curve,  SWC = Swarthout Canyon Road Crossing, WSI = West Summit Island, KCR = Kemper Campbell Ranch, JAC-BAR = San Jacinto to Barstow Train

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

updated: January 31, 2021

We start our 2021 photo documentation with Cajon Winter Wonderland photos taken by Marc Fournier.
We've had three storms come through. Here, outside Victorville, we had a total of 1.5 inches of rain with loads of wind.  Marc, in Oak Hills & near the Cajon Summit, had several inches of snow & even stronger winds. I-15 was it's normal mess with several temporary closures & accidents. Marc arose at daybreak, on the days immediately following the first two storms to document the scene.  Marc Fournier
MF 1/21 - 1001
Marc's home in Oak Hills, CA
MF 1/21 - 1002
Marc's home in Oak Hills, CA
MF 1/21 - 1003
HiLand siding (Cajon Summit) on the UP/SP Palmdale cutoff
MF 1/21 - 1004
KCS 4685 DPU for UP 5915 at HiLand siding
MF 1/21 - 1005
UP 5915 at HiLand siding (Cajon Summit)
MF 1/21 - 1006
Hill 582 with San Gabriel Mountains
MF 1/21 - 1007
West side of Hill 582
MF 1/21 - 1008
on top of Hill 582
MF 1/21 - 1009
Memorials on Hill 582
MF 1/21 - 1010
San Gabriel Mountains from Hill 582
MF 1/21 - 1011
BNSF 7513 EB from Hill 582
MF 1/21 - 1012
UP 8421 WB from Hill 582

updated: 2/11/21

added 2/10: Hill 582 and Lugo
Marc & I met our Hill Tender (DET) on top of Hill 582. Afterwards, we went to check the Cajon Cam near Lugo.

# 1017: BUSTED -- Marc & I decided to go find & wave at the LIVE Virtual Railfan "Cajon" Cam - which is actually positioned near LUGO (between Hesperia & Cajon Summit). When I arrived home an hour later, there was an E-M from DK in Australia, who detected us wandering about in the Cajon. BIG BROTHER is always watching.
MF 2/10 - 1013
Finished with his work, the Hill Tender (DET) takes a break.
MF 2/10 - 1014
BNSF 4057 WB w/2 units pass Hill 582
MF 2/10 - 1015
BNSF 3752 WB w/4 units pass Hill 582
MF 2/10 - 1016
BNSF 8390 WB w/2 units pass Hill 582
MF 2/10 - 1017
BIG BROTHER is always watching!
MF 2/10 - 1018
UP 8851 is EB at Lugo
MF 2/10 - 1019
UP 5513 is DPU for UP 8851 EB at Lugo
MF 2/10 - 1020
UP 5985 is WB at Lugo
MF 2/10 - 1021
UP 5985 is WB at Lugo

Take a look at the BNSF Mojave River Bridge Replacement Project.

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BNSF Mojave River Bridges
Replacement East Victorville, CA


MP 34.1 (East Victorville, CA)

Gary G. Gray, Marc Fournier (USA)

Updated: 2/22/21
MF 1/11/20 BNSF 5886 DPU EB - 2011 See all 570 photos - click here MF 1/11/20 BNSF 7968 WB MP 34.1 - 2012

Bonus Photos - non Cajon Pass
updated: 2/11/21

New: 2/11/21 - Photography by Ryan Slaton
Ryan Slaton is famous for his outstanding photos. Thank you for sharing with us - GGG & WM
Subject: First photos of 2021
As of early December, I have been the only engineer at Swan Ranch as our other engineer had to take a leave of absence due to major family troubles. Although I hate what happened to him, it would be a lie to say I haven't been enjoying the hell out of being in the seat full time. Engineer on a Monday-Friday daylight switch engine...not too shabby ;}
Yesterday I received a tip from a friend that UP 1111 was leading a North Yard (Denver) to Green River manifest. I have avoided photographing this locomotive because I feel like UP's message of employee appreciation is in very poor taste to say the least. Despite my feelings about its message, I decided to finally go after the 1111, much like the other heritage/specially painted locomotives out there you've got to make the most of them while you can!
9.9 times out of 10 the MNYGR makes a 'left' turn at Speer and heads west for Green River but a last-minute decision was made to take a hard right at Speer and run the MNYGR into Cheyenne. After setting out it's train the power would need to take a trip around the balloon before doubling together its train, which included a large portion of the train it brought up from Denver. Rare is the day a MNYGR would call on Cheyenne but such is railroading in the PSR era.   Ryan
RS-2101: With the state capitol dome and downtown Cheyenne in the background UP 6021 departs with grain bound for Traver, California.
MNYGR power negotiating the balloon. At right is Puma Steel and Nortrak, two industries still switched by the UP.
Leaving out the 'old way' the MNYGR departs with 1111 on the point as UP 7822 charges out of town on P2 with the ZG1BRB.
UP 1111 approaching Speer. In the distance is Swan Ranch SD40-2 4200 (ex-KCS SD40) which a sharp minded engineer left in position as a photo prop before going home on Friday ;}
Actually, it was a happy accident but a nice comparison between 'powered by our people' and 'powered by our former people' :} 
I know some of you know this but for those that don't...last summer I talked our GM into getting a caboose...why? because every railroad needs a caboose ;} The caboose, ex-MoPac, was at another Watco property in Wyoming and they no longer wanted it, we told them we'd take it, and the rest is history. We use it now and again as a shoving platform but ultimately as extra money allows, we want to spruce it up and use it as a rolling lunch/break room. Here our caboose is sandwiched between SD40T-2 4155 (ex-DRGW 5395) and SD40-2 4184 (ex-MoPac).
A trio of 'ACes', led by SD70AH 8952, has just crossed the Wyoming-Nebraska state line with an eastbound MRVNP.
HPC GP9 7516 (ex-Conrail, exx-Penn-Central, exxx-Pennsy) spends a quiet weekend in Kimball, Nebraska. UP mainline is at left. 

updated: 2/11/21

New: 2/11/21 - Photography by Ryan Slaton
Ryan Slaton is famous for his outstanding photos. Thank you for sharing with us - GGG & WM
Today's MPDNP manifest into Cheyenne had a most interesting motor tagging along. I don't have much information about the locomotive other than it is being shipped to the Relco shops in Albia, Iowa. The locomotive started life as ATSF 1939, renumbered 5939, and after being rebuilt became ATSF 5989. From what I gather the former Santa Fe machine became a MK lease unit for a time and has spent the last twenty years at the Motive Power shops in Boise, Idaho. Probably not often a Santa Fe F45 paid a visit to Sherman Hill back in the day, was neat to see it. Ryan
Dropping down grade between Buford and Ozone on main one with the F45 trailing the road power.

Roster shot of the 5989 at Swan on main four.

updated: 2/20/21

New: 2/20/21 - From California to Wyoming - Photography by Ryan Slaton
Ryan Slaton is famous for his outstanding photos. Thank you for sharing with us - GGG & WM
This week some older photos and a few new ones starting with three from California in November 2020 and ending with two from yesterday in Wind-oming :}  Ryan
BNSF 7504 comes off Ash Hill with a westbound manifest as BNSF 7546 east coasts into Ludlow in the foreground. (11.25.2020)
Now 7504 west and 7546 east have 'swapped places' :} KCSM 'taco belle' 4538 is the last motor. (11.25.2020)
BNSF SD70MACs 9717, 9799, and GE 6822 lead a westbound double stack across the Colorado River and into California. (11.28.2020)
UP ZLTG2 between Buford and Ozone on track two, east slope of Sherman Hill. (02.07.2021)
RS-2114  -  (01.30.2021)
UP 1111 working up track four at Swan, W516, just below Speer on Sherman Hill. At right is the UP-Swan Ranch Railroad interchange.
We got an early quit on Friday which provided me the chance to photograph BNSF's Cheyenne-Ft. Collins 'turn around' local. Lately the local has been powered by a pair of Grinstein SD70MACs, 9658 and 9621, 9658 being somewhat unique having the 'wagon wheel' logo on the nose. Warbonnets would have been better but even I'll admit that a matched pair of Grinstein's in 2021 is pretty damn cool :}
At Speer the local pauses to set out 13 asphalt loads to the south leg of the wye at Swan Ranch. In the distance, on the north leg, are eight empties for the local to pick up on their return to Cheyenne. Note the ATSF and BN 'heritage' hoppers :} (02.19.2021)
Side shot of BNSF 9658 as it shoves back onto the south leg of the Swan Ranch wye, in the background UP 7451 leads a westbound grain load up track three bound for Pixley, California. (02.19.2021) 


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