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Tehachapi Pass - Daggett - Barstow Photo Collection

October 2003
by Werner Meer, Switzerland

Note: The copyright belongs to this photographer. Do not use any photos without written permission.

Photos are sorted by location  (not by date, number or railroad):
Tehachapi, between Ilmon & Caliente, Tunnel 2, Bealville, the Loop. Daggett, Barstow.  

Abbreviations found on this page: EB = East Bound, NB = North Bound, SB = South Bound, WB = West Bound, MP = Mile Post,
DPU = Distributed Power Unit (Helpers)

For bigger size photos - please click on the 5-digit number below each photo.

Tehachapi Pass - approx. MP 334
First location we visitted was between Ilmon and Caliente. We are standing near Tunnel 1, elevated above Caliente Creek.
BNSF WB in front and EB behind - 30533 The engines of the WB train are at left - 30534 WB in front and EB appearing in the middle - 31323
Engines of BNSF EB pass behind the tree - 30535 BNSF EB w/snaking Auto racks - 30536 Auto-Max w/big graffiti - 30601
We are standing on top fo Tunnel 2 - interesting to see the same BNSF EB Auto rack train as on photos 30533 - 30601 is seen on 30605 - 30607!
BNSF EB did almost reach Tunnel 2 - 30605 The engines already passed Tunnel 2 - 30606 More BNSF Auto-Max cars coming uphill - 30607
Another BNSF EB w/mixed power - 30602 The engines are coming off Tunnel 2 - 30603 Shorty tank cars after the Tunnel - 30604
BNSF WB after Tunnel 2 - 30608 Same BNSF WB mixed freight downhill - 30609 Coil cars on this BNSF WB train - 30610
BNSF EB before Tunnel 2 - 30611 Double stacks entering Tunnel 2 - 30612 UP EB at Bealville - 30613
Bealville Siding - here, Bealville Road is crossing the tracks - MP 340.6
2nd unit is a GE C44ACCTE - 30614 Bealville road crossing - 30615 Canada grain car w/heavy graffiti - 30616
60' box car w/graffiti - 30617 Another UP EB double stack train - 30531 UP 4169 = EMD SD70M - 30532
The famous Tehachapi Loop (w/Tunnel 9) - originally built by Southern Pacific in 1876 - MP 350 (height 77 feet)
BNSF EB 5362 = GE C44-9W - 30620 NMSF EB will soon enter Tunnel 9 - M31325 Above is a UP WB waiting in the siding - 30621
BNSF EB w/lumber cars - 30622 BNSF EB DPU's entering Tunnel 9 - 30623 UP WB train (above cars of BNSF EB) - 30624
Dole trailer w/load of fresh bananas - 30625 UP WB TOFC (above BNSF EB train) - 30626 Below UP train & above BNSF DPU's - 30627
UP EB coming round the Loop hill - M31326 Unusual power on UP EB empty dbl stack - 30628 Melinda w/our van under a shady tree - M31324
In memory of Dave Burton, who passed away on 11/05/2004. He was a great photographer and published the Tehachapi Calendar. On photo 30629 we can see his house, which is located between Tunnel 10 and Marcel. The house can even be seen on photo 30631 (left side). On 12/11/2004, this curve got a sign: Burton's Curve. (see also page 5 of the book: Tehachapi Today)
Dave Burton's house just behind Tunnel 10 - 30629 TOFC train going uphill out of Tunnel 10 - 30630 We can even see the house of Dave at left - 30631
BNSF EB on the Loop - 30618 The engines will enter Tunnel 10 - 30619 Tank cars at the ranch road crossing - 30525
BNSF EB w/East end of Loop siding - 30526 Last unit is a MRL loco - 30527 UP WB just passed the East switch - 30528
With these photos, our journey to Tehachapi is already over.
Next stop is Daggett. Here is the BNSF Mojave Main Line coming from Needles to Barstow and further to the North (Tehachapi) and to the West over Cajon Pass.
In addition, UP is joining the BNSF Main Line w/trackage rights.
2nd unit UP 5972 = GE C44ACCTE - 30529 Daggett MP 737.3 WM waiting for the next train under a tree - M31327
Daggett is East of Barstow along the BNSF - 30705 This road will go to Yermo - 30706 Another view of the RR X-ing - 30707
Sometimes, my old camera had a problem - 30708 A tank truck is crossing the tracks - 30709 A beautiful Ford Wagen of the late 50's - 30710
BNSF WB rolling of the X-ing - 30711 Another tank truck is waiting - 30713 BNSF WB w/DPU's - 30714
Signal bridge at Daggett w/BNSF WB - 30715 And one more tank truck is crossing - 30716 BNSF WB near the UP intersection - 30633
BNSF WB 4035 = C44-9W - 30634 Here comes a UP WB from Yermo - 30635 Coil car and wheel sets on flat car - 30636
BNSF WB coming from Ludlow - 30701 BNSF GP60B in Heritage I colors - 30702 Werner Enterprises trailer on flat - 30703
Daggett is the place where Union Pacifc is coming from Yermo and Las Vegas (Salt Lake City) as UP will enter BNSF tracks w/trackage rights from here to Barstow - Cajon Pass - San Bernardino. See photos 30635 - 30636.
Next stop is Barstow (see below).
BNSF EB pass our "shadey" van - 30704 Barstow MP 745.9 (MP 0.0 Cajon Sub) From Daggett to Barstow we went to WM - 30632
BNSF WB 4447 = C44-9W - 30717 BNSF WB is entering Barstow old yard - 30718 BNSF WB in front and EB leaving depot - 30719
BNSF EB left and WB end of train right - 30720 ex. Santa Fe Warbonnet 614 = C44-9W - 30721 MRL 325 = SD45-2 (built 1986) - 30722
New Barstow Yard: BNSF 641 = C44-9W - 30723 BNSF WB slowly moving thru the yard - 30724 4 engines ex. SF, BN, SF, BN lashup - 30725
Heavy faded paint on this BNSF C44-9W - 30726 ex. SF GP60B 336 (built 7/91) - 30727 Same train as on 30723 - 30724 - 30728
How much paint was used for this car? - 30729 Lumber load - 30731 Classification Yard is always busy - 3W803
ex. SF 6213 = SD39, 2500 HP, built 6/69, Slug ex. SF 3977 was converted from SP SD35 3/86 - 30732 ex. SF 6218 = SD39, 2500 HP, built 5/69, Slug details next photo - 3W802 Slug ex. SF 3970 was converted from UP SD24B on 10/79 - 3W801
BNSF 4478 = C44-9W (built 6/99) - 30733 BNSF 515 = B40-8W (built 10/90) - 30734 Heavy load - 30735
More graffiti on BNSF dbl door box car - 30736 New BNSF shops at West end of Yard - 3W806 UP WB leaving Barstow for Cajon Pass - 3W805
That's the End of my 2003 trip. Did you see my 2003 Cajon Pass photos? If not - click here

here are some infos about Tehachapi and Barstow

We recommend the book: Tehachapi Today by George & Katherine Melvin - click here
For some infos about Tehachapi and the Tehachapi Calendar you may visit the website of Trains etc. - click here
Tehachapi Loop photos by Greg Hewgill - http://hewgill.com/photo/trips/tehachapi-loop/ 
Tehachapi photos by Christopher Muller (scroll down and click on Tehachapi Loop) - http://www.steamphotos.com/ 
Tehachapi Photos by Santiago Homsi jr. - http://www.tehachapirails.com
Tehachapi Depot Historical Museum - http://www.tehachapidepot.com/
Barstow WARM Western America RR Museum located inside the Barstow Depot (Harvey House) - http://barstowrailmuseum.org
Barstow: Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum (inside Harvey House) - http://route66museum.org

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