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Cajon Pass 2010 - Page 9/9
|Cajon Pass Photo
May 28 - 31 and June 4, 2010
|by Werner Meer|
Updated: May 17, 2011
|Cajon Blvd. - Route 66|
|This time, Melinda (my wife) came also along and she sure enjoyed this trip,
doing a lot of railfanning. We also met Beat & Christa Wuest (Switzerland) and
we had 2 fantastic days in exploring Cajon Pass from Summit to Silverwood, Hill
582, Alray, Mormon Rocks, Sullivan's Curve down to Swarthout Canyon Road and old
Route 66 (Cajon Blvd).
Here, we show photos of Cajon Blvd. (old Route 66) between San Bernardino and Cajon Station.
List of photographers: Beat & Christa Wuest, Werner & (MM) Melinda Meer (Switzerland).
Guest photographers: Gary G. Gray (USA).
A big thank you for sharing these excellent pictures with us.
Note: The copyright belongs to these people. Do not use any photos without written permission.
Abbreviations found on this page: EB = East Bound, NB = North Bound, SB = South Bound, WB = West Bound, MT-1 = BNSF Main 1, MT-2 = BNSF MAin 2, MT-3 = BNSF Main 3, UPT = Union Pacific Track, 3MT = 3rd Main Track Concstruction, MP = Mile Post, DBS = Double Stack Train, TOFC = Trailer on Flat Car, SWC = Swarthout Canyon Road Crossing,
For bigger size photos - please click on the 4-digit number below each photo.
|Before Interstate 15 was built over Cajon Pass, there was the famous Route 66. This part is Cajon Blvd. starting at San Bernardino up to Cleghorn Road (Cajon Station). It is a convenient road for trainwatching because it follows the BNSF tracks, actually Cajon Creek. There is one part of Rt 66 missing between Devore Rd. and Kenwood Ave. and we have to use either the I-15 (I-215) or Devore Rd. and Kenwood Ave..|
|Devore - Glen Helen Pkwy RR-X-ing - MAP-01||Verdemont - Palm Ave. RR-X-ing - MAP-02|
We start our photo journey on May 28, 2010 at Devore.
|On Friday, May 28, 2010, after coming from Barstow and before we went to our Motel at San Bernardino, we quickly stopped at Devore in the late afternoon and got a BNSF WB at the RR-X-ing of Glen Helen Parkway.|
|BNSF WB intermodal train on MT-3 - 1276||BNSF 7447 = GE ES44DC built 2008 - 1277||BNSF 4013 = GE C44-9W built 2003 - 1278|
|BNSF 7354 = GE ES44DC built 2010 - 1279||in the foreground is the UP track -1280||5 diesels are pulling this all DBS train - 1282|
|JB Hunt + Swift Cont. - 1283||Schneider Cont. - 1284||end of BNSF WB train - 1286|
May 31, 2010 - early morning - Verdemont - Palm Ave. - UP track.
|On Monday, May 31, 2010, every day, we took breakfast at Denny's on Palm Ave. We just crossed the BNSF tracks and Cajon Blvd. and saw a UP SB all auto carriers coming down from Cajon on UP tracks, heading for Colton Yard. In perfect morning light, we can see several auto racks with graffiti.|
|UP 5183 + 4211 = EMD SD70M - 3001||UP SB on UPT, 3rd unit 8615 = SD70ACe - 3002||giant graffiti is covering the whole car - 3003|
|we are standing on N. Palm Ave. - 3004||- 3005||- 3006|
|- 3007||- 3008||end of UP SB train - 3009|
May 29, 2010 - early morning at Palm Ave. crossing (near Denny's Restaurant) BNSF tracks - Verdemont.
|On Saturday, May 29, 2010, after breakfast at Denny's, we got a BNSF EB at Palm Ave. crossing in the early morning light.|
|BNSF EB intermodal train - 1287||BNSF 7623 + 7294 = GE ES44DC - 1288||BNSF EB w/3 locos on MT-2 - 1289|
|- 1290||Cargill silos in the distance - 1291||a very colorful truck is waiting - 1292|
|a typical intermodel train is usually . . . - 1293||. . . a combined double stack and TOFC . . . - 1294||. . . (Trailer on Flat Car) train - 1295|
|- 1296||- 1297||- 1298|
|whenever there are Werner Enterprises . . - 1299||. . . trailers on flat cars, I am happy and . . . - 1300||. . . this day seems to be a good day - 1301|
Between San Bernardino and Cleghorn Rd. Exit (Cajon Station) most of Route 66 is still intact and can be used for railfanning. Only between Devore Road and Kenwood Ave. we have to use I-15 (I-215) or Devore Rd..
|On Saturday, May 29, 2010, afterwards, we went uphill on old Route 66 starting at Kenwood Ave. Exit. Big surprise, as we can see the same BNSF EB intermodal with Werner Enterprises Trailers we met at Palm Ave. crossing this morning.|
|BNSF EB meets BNSF WB - 1302||BNSF EB on MT-2, WB on MT-3 - 1303||behind the Hyundai cont. are the EB locos - 1304|
|Auto-Max (articulated auto carriers) - 1305||end of BNSF WB and EB behind - 1306||our BNSF EB is heading for SWC - 1307|
Coming from Blue Cut on Rt. 66 make soon after a left turn into SWC, cross Cajon Creek and continue to the RR-Xing.
|Swarthout Canyon Road - To get a better idea about these locations you can find 2 aerial photos (wich I took during this trip) with captions by Gary Gray.|
|in the middle is SWC X-ing, BNSF-3,-2,-1 and UPT above - 201-1||from SWC we are looking down to Blue Cut, Rt 66, BNSF tracks, UPT - 201-2|
Next stop was at Swarthout Canyon Road (SWC).
|On Saturday, May 29, 2010, we went uphill on old Route 66 (Cajon Blvd.) and went to SWC Crossing MP 64.4 and met the very same BNSF EB train we saw first at Palm Ave. and afterwards at Kenwood Ave. Easy to remember because of the Werner Trailers.|
|BNSF EB intermodal (as seen at Palm Ave.) - 1308||BNSF EB on MT-2 - 1309||BNSF 7623 = GE ES44DC built 2005 - 1310|
|3rd unit 7274 = GE ES44DC built 2009 - 1311||- 1312||another railfan using a tripod - 1313|
|- 1314||from DBS to TOFC - 1315||- 1316|
|Marten trailers - 1317||2 diff. Werner trailers - 1318||- 1319|
|After the last Werner Enterprises Trailer passed, it was getting quiet again at SWC crossing. So, time to walk around and explore this area. For the 3MT construction, some rocks had to be plasted away and a new retaining wall had to be built. Now, we have triple track from San Bernardino to Lugo.|
|bye bye Werner trailer - 1320||since the 3MT construction, we have 3 tracks - 1329||- 1330|
|easy to find a parking at SWC - 1321||new retaining wall - 1322||looking South - 1328|
|- 1323||- 1325||- 1327|
|looking North - 1324||- 1326||BNSF WB on MT-3 - 1331|
|Here comes the next BNSF WB around the curve. We are not alone, as some motorbikers did some trainwatching. Melinda took some photos while I was busy.|
|everybody looking at the first loco - 6503 MM||- 6504 MM||BNSF 7341 = GE ES44DC built 2009 - 6505 MM|
|BNSF 7366 = GE ES44DC built 2010 - 1332||- 6506 MM||- 1333|
|- 1334||- 6510 MM||- 1335|
|- 6511 MM||- 1336||end of BNSF WB train - 1338|
Same day but in the late afternoon. Because of the sunlight, we had to go across SWC.
|Saturday, May 29, 2010, Every day, we were driving down Cajon Blvd. instead of I-15. So, we quickly used SWC road to go the RR crossing. Beat and Christa were with us, as we already spent the whole day together. Afterwards, we went home and had dinner at Denny's.|
|Beat is walking uphill to get a good position - 2278||BNSF WB coming round the curve - 2279||the middle track is BNSF MT-2 - 2280|
|BNSF 7339 = GE ES44DC built 2009 - 2281||same time was a UP NB on the UPT above - 2282||- 2283|
|- 2284||this is the end of the UP train (DPU's) - 2285||UP 8095 = SD90/43AC built 1997 - 2286|
|- 2287||- 2288||end of BNSF WB train - 2289|
May 31: On the way home we passed SWC X-ing and took some photos from SWC between the RR-X-ing and Blue Cut.
|Monday, May 31, 2010, taken from SWC Road between SWC X-ing and Blue Cut. After taking these photos and walking back to the car, I saw "big worm" (a rattle snake) and the time has come to leave this place to be on the safe side ! !|
|BNSF WB on MT-3 coming from SWC X-ing - 3095||3rd unit 4039 = GE C44-9W built 2003 - 3096||- 3097|
|BNSF 7846 = GE ES44DC built 2010 - 3098||the locos are under the new signal bridge - 3099||across the valley on I-15 is a Werner truck - 3100|
May 30: Everey morning, we were driving up Cajon Blvd. and taking photos of the activities.
|Sunday, May 30, 2010, We went uphill on old Route 66 starting at Kenwood Ave. Exit. We are on Cajon Blvd. just across SWC. Between Cajon Blvd. and the BNSF tracks is the Cajon Creek. Lucky, we had 4 trains within an hour and a 5th train at MP 63.4.|
|BNSF WB = train 1 - 2290||1st unit BNSF 4177 = GE C44-9W built 2002 - 2291||- 2293|
|- 2294||- 2295||2 DPU's at the rear end - 2296|
|BNSF 7562 + 7629 = GE ES44DC - 2297||end of train 1 - 2298||UP EB = train 2 - 2299|
|it is a combined auto rack . . - 2300||. . . and double stack container train - 2301||UP 5386 = C45ACCTE, 4683 = SD70M - 2302|
|- 2303||- 2304||Route 66 in the foreground - 2305|
|- 2306||DPU 5340 = GE C45ACCTE built 2006 - 2307||end of train 2 - 2308|
|BNSF WB = train 3 - 2309||BNSF 7394 = GE ES44DC built 2010 - 2310||2nd unit 5015 = GE C44-9W built 2004 - 2311|
|- 2313||- 2314||end of train 3 - 2315|
|UP SB on UPT = train 4 - 2316||- 2317||UP 5484 = GE C45ACCTE built 2006 - 2319|
|2nd unit 5131 = EMD SD70M built 2004 - 2320||3 locos are pulling a mixed freight - 2321||in front Cajon Blvd. (Rt. 66) - 2322|
|- 2323||- 2325||- 2324|
|- 2326||- 2327||end of train 4 - 2328|
|BNSF WB = train 5 - 2329||- 2330||- 2331|
Photos 2329 - 2330:
After our stop across SWC, we drove further up on Cajon Blvd. and made a short stop near the bridge at MP 63.4. A BNSF WB intermodal train was coming down from Cajon Station on BNSF MT-3.
|the locos pass bridge at MP 63.4 - 2332||x||BNSF WB on MT-3 - 2333|
May 31, 2010: Once again in the morning, we are going uphill on Cajon Blvd. / old Route 66
|On Monday, May 31, 2010, we went uphill on old Route 66 and got a UP NB on UPT at SWC. We are again standing on Cajon Blvd.|
|UP NB on UPT = train 1 - 3010||UP 7455 = GE C45ACCTE built 2009 - 3011||intermodal on Colton/Palmdale cutoff - 3012|
|2nd unit 4490 = EMD SD70M built 2001 - 3013||- 3014||- 3015|
|BNSF WB = train 2 - 3016||above is train 1 - 3017||- 3018|
|- 3019||- 3020||- 3021|
|- 3022||train 1 above and train 2 below - 3023||UP WB = train 3 - 3024|
|After the BNSF WB passed, we moved a little bit further uphill and a UP WB was coming down on BNSF tracks. Our UP intermodal is still going uphill on UPT.|
|train 1 above and train 3 below - 3025||train 3 is a mixed freight - 3026||- 3027|
|bridge at MP 63.4 - 3028||two lumber cars with yellow plastic cover - 3029||- 3030|
|- 3031||- 3032||- 3033|
|graffiti is covering the rust - 3034||below UP WB train 3, above UP NB train 1 - 3035||last photo of this location - 3036|
|Cajon Station - To get a better idea about these locations you can find 2 aerial photos (wich I took during this trip) with captions by Gary Gray.|
|from left: I-15, Cleghorn exit, Rt 66, BNSF-3, -2, -1, UPT - 200-1 looking South||bridge MP 63.4 in the foreground, I-15, Rt 66, BNSF, UPT - 200-2 looking South|
Cajon Station (Cajon Junction) MP 62.8. BNSF MT-1 and MT-2 go uphill to Sullivans Curve and MT-3 is following Cajon Creek.
|Saturday, May 29, 2010, every morning we went uphill on old Route 66 starting at Kenwood Ave. up to Cajon Station and Cleghorn Road.|
|take Cleghorn exit to reach Cajon Station - 4495||here starts or ends Cajon Blvd. - 1339||BNSF MT-1 and MT-2 to Sullivans Curve - 1340|
|here, BNSF MT-1 and 2 split with MT-3 - 1341||MT-3 in the foreground (3 % grade) - 1342||Sullivans Curve Rock Formations - 1343|
|BNSF 4047 = GE C44-9W built 2004 - 3101||BNSF 7606 = GE ES44DC built 2005 - 3102||BNSF MT-1 and 2 (2 % grade) - 3103|
|BNSF EB bare table going uphill - 3104||the locos did already reach Sullivans Curve - 3105||end of Cajon Blvd. (easy to park our van) - 4496|
Cajon Station in the early evening on June 4, 2010
|On June 4, 2010, late afternoon or early evening, we have to go inside the curve because of the sunlight.|
|BNSF MT-1 and MT-2 looking North - 4476||BNSF MT-2 and MT-3 looking South - 4477||BNSF Container Office along MT-3 - 4478|
|BNSF 4068 = GE C44-9W built 2003 - 4479||2nd unit 4050 = GE C44 9W built 2003 - 4480||3rd unit 7643 = GE ES44DC built 2005 - 4481|
|BNSF WB coming from Sullivans Curve - 4482||- 4483||- 4484|
|- 4485||- 4486||- 4487|
|happy to see some Werner Enterprises . . - 4489||. . trailers on flat cars - 4490||- 4491|
|- 4492||- 4493||end of BNSF WB train - 4494|
On the way home, we used Cajon Blvd. from Devore to San Bernardino.
|On June 4, 2010, we drove down Cajon Blvd. to Kenwood Ave., used quickly I-15 (I-215) and took Devore Road exit to continue Cajon Blvd. Just before Palm Ave. crossing (Verdemont), we met the very same BNSF WB intermodal train we took photos of at Cajon Station. As there was no more time to get off the car, I lowered the front window and just took some photos. Even it was the same train, it still makes fun to see it along Cajon Blvd. (old Route 66).|
|the same BNSF WB as seen before . . . - 4497||. . . at Cajon Station - 4498||seen thru the tinted windshield - 4499|
|once again, I took some more photos . . . - 4500||. . . of the same Werner trailers - 4501||as the last cars of this BNSF WB passed, . .- 4502|
|. . . a UP EB intermodal train came uphill - 4503||that's modern day railroading with 1 loco . . - 4504||. . . in front and 1 loco at the end of the train - 4505|
|- 4506||UP 7735 = GE C45ACCTE - 4507||- 4508|
|Just after the
BNSF WB has passed, we got a UP EB intermodal train. This UP EB double stack
train has one loco up front and one DPU at the rear end.
Our last photos of the day and it also marks the end of our 2010 Cajon Pass Journey. No question, we had a wonderful time, met good friends and took lots of great photos.
|- 4509||End of Page 9/9||UP 5346 = GE C45ACCTE built 2006 - 4510|
Here you find some maps and more infos about Cajon Pass:
8 different and detailed Maps of Cajon Pass with
captions (Mile Posts and Location) by Gary G. Gray - click
(Very helpful to find the locations between Summit and Blue Cut incl. Hill 582)
|New 8/11: Maps "How to find" Hill 582, Sullivan's Curve, Noisy Point by Gary G. Gray - click here|
|Accurate Map of Cajon Pass with 3rd Main Track by Michael Amrine - click here|
|Simple Maps about Cajon Pass: click here|
|Railfan Map of Cajon Pass by Joe Perry: http://www.chasingsteel.com/storage/RailfanMapofCajon%20Pass.pdf|
|Map of Cajon Area (Inland Empire): http://www.visitcalifornia.de/media/pages/getting_around/maps/INLAND-EMPIRE.pdf|
|Cajon Pass Map by Wikimapia (easy to enlarge every location): http://wikimapia.org/#lat=34.3223857&lon=-117.4707127&z=14&l=0&m=s&v=9|
|Here are photos of the 2 tunnels before construction started: click here|
|Did you see page 1/9 ? - click here - Aerial Photos||Did you see page 2/9 ? - click here - Hill 582 Part 1|
|Did you see page 3/9 ? - click here - Hill 582 Part 2||Did you see page 4/9 ? - click here - Hill 582 Part 3|
|Did you see page 5/9 ? - click here - Summit/Silverwood||Did you see page 6/9 ? - click here - Alray Tunnel Area|
|Did you see page 7/9 ? - click here - Sullivans Curve||Did you see page 8/9 ? - click here - Mormon Rocks|
|Did you see page 9/9 ? - click here - along Cajon Blvd.||Go back to my Cajon 2010 Photo Main Page - click here|
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