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Cajon Pass Photo
July 13, 2013
|by Pedro Rezende, Vespasiano, MG, Brazil (266 photos)|
I am very pleased to show some exclusive
photos of Pedro Rezende.
A big thank you for sharing these excellent pictures with us.
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|Abbreviations found on this page: EB = East Bound, NB = North Bound,
SB = South
Bound, WB = West Bound, MP = Mile Post,
MT-1 = BNSF Main Track 1, MT-2 = BNSF Main Track 2, MT-3 = BNSF Main Track 3, UPT = UP Track (Colton-Palmdale Cutoff),
DPU = Distributed Power Unit (Helpers), EOT = End of Train, DBS = Double Stack Train, TOFC = Trailer on Flat Car (Piggy Back),
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4-digit number below each photo.
Part 1 = Hill 582 / Part 2 = Sullivan's Curve
|Part 1 = Hill 582|
opened this thread to share my pics taken at Hill 582 in Cajon Pass in July
2013. Cajon was chosen a starting point to my trip around Los Angeles. I
travelled with wife and son and we met four other railfans that came from
different locations in US: Bo Lennard from Santa Clara CA, Greg Elems from
Reno NV and the couple William & Sharon from Sandpoint ID. That was the
second time I met these friends in US during railfaning trips. My thanks to
them for the great time we had in Cajon area.
This thread also has the intention to be a guide for those who never went to Cajon and would like see new views of the location and also get some hints from me and other who can comment here. I imagine something had changed in Cajon Pass since that time, specially the new alignment of CA-138 that I used to visit Hill 582 and Summit. Therefore, the old gate does not exist anymore as seen on photo PR-04.
I also would like to thanks Mr Werner Meer and Don E. Toles for their great website. Pedro Rezende (Brazil)
|Our group at Cajon Junction. From left to right: William, Greg, Bo and Me. In front, Sharon, Lucas and wife Lourdes. PR-01||From the Cajon Junction rest area we can see all tracks that run through Cajon Pass. It is a good spot for those that are running by the I-15 and do not have many time to explore all location in Cajon Pass. While fueling the car, resting or eating in one of the fast food restaurants, One can see the trains running on the four four tracks in front. PR-02|
|Taking CA-138 on way to Hill 582. PR-03||This old "gate" was the hint to find the access to HIll 582. I imagine it is gone after the new alignment of CA-138. PR-04|
|After take the dirt road, we cross BNSF Main #3 in a crossing level. All attention is necessary to cross the tracks. PR-05||Just after we cross the tracks, we perceived a BNSF empty stack coming from behind us on MT #3. PR-06|
|The stack train pass by us descending Cajon Pass to San Bernardino area on MT #3. PR-07||The stack train pass by us descending Cajon Pass to San Bernardino area. PR-08|
|The stack train pass by us descending Cajon Pass to San Bernardino area. PR-09||From the dirt road I got the first sight of Hill 582. PR-10|
|A bit more of dirt road. PR-11||The steep access to the top of Hill 582. On raining / snowy days it could be a trouble for those not using vehicles 4x4. PR-12|
|The monuments at Hill 582. PR-13||The monuments at Hill 582. PR-14|
|Chard Walker memorial. PR-15||having a talk to each other on top of the Hill. PR-16|
|# 16-18: When we arrived, we had the nice surprise to meet Don E. Toles in person. He is the "gardener" that takes care of Hill 582. He is an inspiration for us of what we can do to turn our dreams in reallity. Thanks Mr Toles for your great job on Hill 582. It was a honor to meet you.|
|Don Toles is always watering the plants. PR-17||Don E. Toles and Pedro Rezende PR-18|
|The group of railfans. From Left to right, Bo, Mr Toles, William, Greg and Me. BTW, the women and the boy preffered to stay in the Mall in Victorville. PR-19||
plates. What does the "G", "W" and "X" mean?
Just see below. PR-20
The indication of a block signal that has both a "G" plate and a
number plate and is displaying a steady RED aspect is: "Proceed
at Restricted Speed". No stop is required before passing the signal but the
requirements of movement at Restricted Speed must be complied with.
plates are called Grade Markers and are often seen in heavy grade locations
where stopping and then proceeding, which is what is required in the above
example if there was no Grade marker attached to the signal, would be
otherwise difficult or dangerous.
The "W" and "X" are "crossing signs" (both mean the same thing) and are placed approaching public crossings at grade to show the point where the whistle should begin to be sounded. (thank you for your help, Charlie)
|The famous fragment of Tunnel 1 (1913). PR-21||other memorials. PR-22|
|Nice location to take a seat and wait for the trains. PR-23||I see it is not always a quiet place. PR-24|
|Bird lovers can visit Cajon too. PR-25||There are beautiful species around. PR-26|
|Close up of bird feeder. PR-27||Resting in the shadow, watching birds and waiting for a train. PR-28|
|Walking a bit to explore the views I can use to photograph the trains. PR-29||
I perceived we had an old crossing level down there on Main #3.
|Wild flowers around the Hill. Its colors can be a trouble to us to perceive the snakes. So, never walk through them. Prefer to use clean paths. PR-31||A freight going downhill seen from the bottom and behind Hill 582. It is not a common view explored by railfans. PR-32|
|A freight going downhill seen from the bottom and behind Hill 582. It is not a common view explored by railfans. PR-33||The consist always give us beautifull freight cars. PR-34|
|The consist always give us beautifull freight cars. PR-35||The DPU's of the same train. PR-36|
|Another stack going downhill on #2. PR-37||Beautifull Werner Enterprises trailers. PR-38|
|UP going uphill on UPT. PR-39||UP NB is meeting a BNSF WB train. PR-40|
|Two BNSF stacks meeting on Main #1 and #2. PR-41||Two BNSF stacks meeting on Main #1 and #2. PR-42|
|Five units leading the stack downhill on MT#2. PR-43||Nice Swift trailers w/wind deflectors. PR-44|
|UP freight going uphill on BNSF Main #2. PR-45||Blue tank car. PR-46|
|GT autorack. I imagine it is a bit old. PR-47||TTX high cub box car w/graffiti. PR-48|
|What a nice DPU! EMD SD70ACe PR-49||What a nice DPU! It looks like brand new. PR-50|
|BNSF stack going uphill on Main #1. It is coming from the location of the old tunnels 1 & 2. PR-51||Train uphill on Main #1 (left) and downhill on Main #3 (right). PR-52|
|The same stack going downhill on Main #3. PR-53||The same stack going downhill on Main #3. PR-54|
|An UP autorack going downhill on UPT. PR-55||SP autorack. PR-56|
|NS autorack w/graffiti. PR-57||Some beautifull containers in the consist. PR-58|
|Some beautifull containers in the consist. PR-59||FedEx and Keystone trailer. PR-60|
|BNSF EB stack and trailers going uphill on Main #2. PR-61||BNSF EB stack and trailers going uphill on Main #2. PR-62|
|Roadway 53' trailer w/wind deflector. PR-63||A nice 6-unit consist going uphill on Main #3. PR-64|
|EMD GP60M # 107 was the surprise of the day. PR-65||EMD GP60M # 107 was the surprise of the day. PR-66|
|Part 2 = Sullivan's Curve|
Always using the hints and maps in the great website
and using the rest areas in Cajon junction as a starting point to visit the
most famous locations in Cajon Pass, I and my friends decided to visit one
of the most famous and most beautiful locations in that area:
The curve received the name of the photographer Herb Sullivan hired by Santa Fe to do promotional photos in that location in the 1940´s and 50´s. Many things have changed since then. The old Santa Fe roadbed was replaced by a modern set of three tracks known as Main Tracks 1, 2 and 3 as part of a project done by BNSF from 2007 to 2008, as we can read here http://www.trainmaster.ch/cajon-01.htm (in Werner Meer website). In Mr Meer site we have plenty of information and maps to reach Sullivans curve, but I decided to do my own “maps” to this thread using the pics done during the trip and also using some updated Google maps views. Maybe minor details are different in my maps because many things can be changed since 2013. But I checked the area using Google maps and did not see big changes at all. Pedro Rezende
|For bigger size photos - please click on the 4 or 5 digit number below each photo.|
|Map 1 - A view of Cajon Junction and the two rest areas that was used by us to visit the location nearby. PR-70||Map 2 - When take CA-138 towards Palmdale one will cross over BNSF tracks 1 and 2. Looking to the left, one can see UP tracks. PR-71|
|Map 3 - A Google view of BNSF and UP tracks before the exit to Lone Pine Canyon road that is be accessed to reach the dirt road to Sullivans curve. PR-72||Map 4 - Exit CA-138 to the Lone Pine Canyon road. PR-73|
|Map 5 - Exit Lone Pine Canyon road to the dirt road following UP tracks. This USFS 2N68 PR-74||
Map 6 -
Following UP tracks to Sullivans curve on USFS 2N89.
USFS = United States Forest Service Road. PR-75
|Just starting to run on the dirt road we can reach the level of old SP steel bridge that cross over CA-138. PR-101||Just starting to run on the dirt road we can reach the level of old SP steel bridge that cross over CA-138. PR-102|
|Just starting to run on the dirt road we can reach the level of old SP steel bridge that cross over CA-138. PR-103||UP electric cabinets for the signals and the switches. PR-104|
|UP electric cabinets for the signals and the switches. PR-105||Cajon Junction seen from the dirt road (USFS 2N89) along the UP tracks. PR-106|
|a spur on UP siding in N Canyon. By Google maps I have seen gondolas parked in this spur. I imagine it is for ballast freight cars or MoW equipment. PR-107||Following along UP tracks. We did not see any No Trespassing or Private Are sign. So, we followed ahead. PR-108|
|Following along UP tracks. We did not see any "No Trespassing" or "Private" sign, because it is a USFS road. PR-109||The landscape is beautiful. Those rocks are clean as they were washed recently. PR-110|
|Now we can see the observation site. It is a pity it does not have the same treatment of Hill 582 for the railfan community. None a bench nor a stone to seat while waiting for trains. None garden. The nature around is beautiful: fantastic rock formations, sagebrush some trees and other small plants that attract birds and possibly snakes. The area is greener than Hill 582. PR-111||Me on the observation plateau. The location is great because we have a great view in both directions and the railfan can stay close to the tracks feeling all the grandiosity of the heavy trains running through Cajon Pass. Unforgettable! PR-112|
|A heavy stack train appears in the curve where track 3 separates from tracks 1 and 2 close to Interstate 15. PR-113||Railfans in action. Nothing can pay a moment like this: staying with friends doing what we love to do. PR-114|
|The train is coming to us. PR-115||The train is coming to us and easing the perfect curve. PR-116|
|The train is coming to us and easing the perfect curve. PR-117||Two GE leading units are pulling this train on MT-1. PR-118|
|Two GE leading units are pulling this train on MT-1. PR-119||Intermodal EB going uphill. PR-120|
|# 119-121: I prefer to use the sequential photos to allow one to watch the train in its action along the curve. I hope nobody feels it is boring.|
|All double stack train leaning in the curve. PR-121||The train ending Sullivans curve. In the background one can see Cajon Junction. PR-122|
|At the rear end are two DPUs. PR-123||Two DPUs on this BNSF EB. PR-124|
stack train uphill. Did you see the Coca
Cola Truck on I-15?
|Another stack train coming uphill. PR-126|
|BNSF EB stack train uphill on MT-1. PR-127||Easing the curve. The sound was fantastic. PR-128|
|Easing the curve. The sound was fantastic. PR-129||Easing the curve. The sound was fantastic. PR-130|
|Colorfull containers PR-131||Colorfull containers PR-132|
|The leading units facing Cajon Junction. PR-133||No DPUs in this stack train. Very nice CSX containers. PR-134|
|The famous rock formations of Sullivan's Curve. PR-135||PR-136|
|# 135-136: While waiting for the next train, let´s take a look in the rock formation around the curve. Many holes done by the water millions of years ago now serve to house the nest of wild birds.|
|Very nice rock formations. The nature is perfect. PR-137||Very nice rock formations. The nature is perfect. PR-138|
|A BNSF WB freight coming down hill. PR-139||BNSF WB with dynamic brakes action. PR-140|
|BNSF WB downhill on MT-2. PR-141||Lumber not wraped. PR-142|
|Approaching I-15 and Main tracks #3. PR-143||More unwraped lumber. Also another train without DPU. PR-144|
|Too many train in Cajon. Another uphill stack. PR-145||This retaining wall looks new. (was built for 3rd MT) PR-146|
plateau where we were is so close to the tracks that we can feel . .
. . .
the ground shaking while the train battles against the grade uphill.
|The tracks are perfect in Cajon Pass. PR-149||BNSF EB easing the curve uphill. PR-150|
|Beautiful orange containers (Schneider) PR-151||Nice containers to model railroaders to reproduce in a layout. PR-152|
|Nice trailers to model railroaders to reproduce in a layout. PR-153||Nice trailers to model railroaders to reproduce in a layout. PR-154|
|Nice mix of colors and models. PR-155||Nice mix of colors and models. PR-156|
Nice mix of colors and models. Maersk =
45', Schneider = 53'
|I know they are common seen through US but they are nice to photograph. PR-158|
|J.B. Hunt = 53' containers. PR-159||Huge variety of roads. PR-160|
Finally a UP manifest is coming uphill on the UPT.
|This UP NB takes the siding. There is a chance for UP trains meeting. PR-162|
|We are going to have a UP trains meeting. PR-163||What a great view! PR-164|
|BNSF is nice, but UP is terrific. PR-165||Strange containers on flat cars. PR-166|
containers. I imagine they are for scrap metal or trash.
|Interesting high side gondola with big doors in the ends. How they are unloaded? PR-168|
|Nice black tank cars and one centerbeam between them. PR-169||There is just one DPU on this NB manifest. PR-170|
|The train stops in the siding. PR-171||A UP SB train emerge from the curve near Cajon Junction. PR-172|
|The SB freight is coming down slowly passing the NB. PR-173||The SB freight is coming down slowly. PR-174|
|SB train is passing by the DPU of the NB train. PR-175||On the way walking down to ground level. PR-176|
|Overview as I am almost down on track level. PR-177||Finally I reached track level. PR-178|
|PR-176-177-178: If one tell that the live of a railfan is easy you can say it´s wrong. To get different views of this train while it approached the plateau where we were, I did run down and up to get these views. It was not easy, but I liked the results.|
|Goind back to the plateau in time to get a high view. PR-179||Back on the plateau. New UP 8092 = GE AC45CCTE. PR-180|
|The SB UP manifest is heading for Colton. PR-181||there are several loaded coal cars with this train. PR-182|
|old coal cars with graffiti. PR-183||A rock between the DPUs of NB and SB trains. PR-184|
|The DPU is going away. Time to return to Cajon Junction. PR-185||Taking the dirt road (UP service road) back to CA-138. PR-186|
|Approachin to the DPU of the first UP train. PR-187||Getting closer to the NB UP DPU in the siding. PR-188|
|following along the freight cars. PR-189||not much clearence betwenn cut and the freight train. PR-190|
|passing the tank cars PR-191||A last look into the leading unit of the NB on hold. PR-192|
|A last look into the leading unit. PR-193||This train is still waiting in the siding. PR-194|
freight waited for another meeting in the siding as we can see in this view
from the rest area in Cajon Junction. The sun lights were not good at that
time and we return to the Hotel.
All photos and text copyright by Pedro Rezende, Brazil (Over all copyright by Werner Meer)
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