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Cajon Pass Photo Collection
May 1989
by Werner Meer, Switzerland
Bonus Photos: Barstow - Tehachapi (194 photos)

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

Back in 1989 digital photography did not exist. Therefore, a good friend of mine took the time to scan my old negatives. A big thank you goes to Marc Rossire. Well, colors and quality are sometimes not the best but on the other hand, I can show what happened back in the old days in and around Cajon Pass.
My Minolta SLR Camera had a problem with the shutter and we got sometimes dark at the right side.
This could only be seen, once the films have been developed at the lab.
This trip, my classmate (school friend) Balz Lehmann came along. While I was taking photos, he was responsible for video filming on super VHS.

For bigger size photos - please click on the 3- or 4-digit number below each photo.

Part 1: Mormon Rocks - Highway 138
WM-001 UP WB coal train on South Track WM-002 rear end DPU's on same UP coal train
WM-003 Yucca's are blooming in late May near Mormon Rocks WM-004 SP EB manifest rolling over Hwy 138
WM-005 SP diesels on SP track over Cajon Creek bridge WM-006 SP EB with Mormon Rocks
WM-007 open Auto Rack loaded w/vehicles WM-008 special tank car on bridge
WM-009 Manufacturer Railway box car WM-010 the SP Palmdale cutoff goes thru the Mormon Rocks cut
WM-011 (the shutter of the camera had a problem - dark right side) WM-012 - last photo of SP EB Train
WM-013 if there is no train, we are getting sand WM-014 Balz at work inside the creek
WM-015 our rental car made it easy inside the dry creek WM-016 enlarge this photo and you will see the plastic container

WM-017 yes, it is the same plastic container in April 2022 !! WM-018 w/Cajon Sand and 019 license plate of our car
Here is the story of the Cajon Creek Sand: Balz and me are both model railroaders. My plan was always to build a layout Mojave Desert style incl. Cajon Pass. Therefore, I wanted to get some real sand from the Cajon area. As you can see on photos 013 to 016, Balz was taking care of collecting the fine sand into this plastic container back in May 1989 and it still exists in April 2022 (photo 017). When doing the landscaping on my HO scale layout, I decided to use a lighter color sand as the real sand became too dark after using the glue.
Take a look on my HO layout:  click here


Part 2: Cajon Station - Sullivan's Curve
WM-020 - UP EB on SF South Track WM-021 - 6 diesels are pulling this manifest uphill on the 3 % grade
WM-022 - afterwards we got a SF WB on the South Track WM-023 - next is a UP WB coal train on the North track
WM-024 - leading engine is a "fast forty" SD40-2 WM-025 - it is a loaded coal train coming from Sullivan's Curve
WM-026 - looking above the coal car we can the Rocks of the Curve WM-027 - at the read end are 2 DPU's
WM-028 - next is a SF WB on the South track WM-029 - another U-Boat
WM-030 - and one more U-Boat on this TOFC train WM-031 - UPS trailers on flat cars
WM-032 - next train: SF EB with Kodak F45 # 5989 WM-033 - there is a second Kodak unit
WM-034 - going uphill toward Sullivan's Curve WM-035 - next is a UP WB on the South track
WM-036 - WM-037 - UP WB on 3 % South track
WM-038 - last photo of this UP WB at Cajon Station WM-039 we are going to Sullivan's Curve using old SF right of way
WM-040 - we are looking down on former SF right of way WM-041 - it is a SF EB entering Sullivan's Curve
WM-042 - this SF EB is going around the Sullivan's Curve WM-043 - well, our car is always near by
WM-044 - next is a UP WB on the South track WM-045 - same UP train w/I-15 above and Hwy-138 bridge
WM-046 - last photo of this UP train WM-047 - next is again a UP WB on the South track
WM-048 - SF WB going downhill WM-049 - same SF train seen from the Curve position
WM-050 - same position (180°) as on # 049 but w/Curve and SP EB WM-051 - same SP train leaving Sullivan's Curve
WM-052 - nice to see a Caboose at the end WM-053 - Dapco Rail Inspection Service Vehicle on SP Track
(Dapco has been aquired by Nordco on 3/2007)
WM-054 - Amtrak WB Desert Wind on South track WM-055 - above are I-15 and Hwy-138 bridge
WM-056 - EMD F40PH WM-057 - AT Superliner step-up Coach
WM-058 - AT Superliner Diner WM-059 - AT Superliner Coach/Baggage
WM-060 - AT Superliner Coach WM-061 - last AT Superliner is a Sleeper (total 5 cars)
WM-062 - SF 8153 = C30-7 WM-063 - same train w/TOFC
WM-064 - SF intermodal train w/Containers WM-065 - same w/20' Tank Containers
WM-066 - the UP helpers (of the coal train) . . . WM-067 . . are going back to Victorville


Part 3: Alray - Tunnel Area
WM-068 - SF EB leaving Tunnel 2 East Portal WM-069 - next is a UP EB coming from Tunnel 2
WM-070 - another UP EB going uphill to Tunnel 1 WM-071 - Balz is waiting for the next train


New 7/19: Accurate Map of Cajon Pass as of 2018 by Steve Jessup & Todd Gillette (RR Illustrated) - click here


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, Swarthout Canyon Road Crossing

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, SPT = SP 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

Bonus Photos - non Cajon Pass

Part 4: Barstow
WM-072 - SF EB leaving Borstow WM-073 - it is an intermodal train w/TOFC
WM-074 - SF EMD SD45 WM-075 - SD EMD SDF45
WM-076 WM-077 - last photo of this EB train
WM-078 - SF EMD SD45 WM-079 - SD EMDSD45
WM-080 - old Santa Fe Shops still active WM-081 - SF EMD SDF45
WM-082 - old yard WM-083 - new yard


Part 5: Tehachapi (from Mojave to Bakersfield and back)
WM-084 - just outside Mojave, SP NB manifest WM-085 - this location is Warren
WM-086 WM-087
WM-088 WM-089 - last photo of this SP NB w/D&RGW Caboose
WM-090 - SF SB (EB) WM-091 - SF SB (EB) mid train DPU's
WM-092 - SF NB w/SF30C WM-093 - 3rd unit = F45
WM-094 - WM-095 - Railbox w/Graffiti (last photo)
WM-096 - work equipment train in storage WM-097
WM-098 - there was some special equipment . . . WM-099 . . . when we drove along the tracks just before Tehachapi
WM-100 - SP SB Manifest going down to Mojave WM-101 - same train at Cameron
WM-102 - Tehachapi Sign on top of the Depot WM-103 - Tehachapi Depot
WM-104 - SF EB going uphill to Tehachapi WM-105 - we are at Cable
WM-106 WM-107
WM-108 - there are 4 units up front WM-109 - and 2 mid train helpers
WM-110 WM-111 - last photo of this SF EB train
WM-112 - SP SB at Cable after Tunnel 17 WM-113 - this train is leaving Tunnel 17
WM-114 - there are 5 mid train helpers WM-115
WM-116 - we are just across Hwy 58 WM-117 - last photo from this location
We finally made it to the famous Tehachapi Loop
WM-118 - SP NB Tank Train at Walong (the Loop) WM-119 - detail of Tank Train connection
WM-120 - we are standing on top of Tunnel 9 WM-122 - already coming out of Loop Tunnel 9
WM-123 - last photo of Tank Train WM-124 - SP helper set going downhill for the next job
WM-125 - SP NB all Auto Rack train on the Loop WM-126 - going around the Loop Hill
WM-127 WM-128 - last Auto Racks are entering Loop Tunnel 9
WM-129 - SP SB will enter the Loop Tunnel WM-130 - End of this SP SB train
afterwards, we went down to Bakersfield
WM-131 - Santa Fe Roundhouse and Turntable WM-132 - Roundhouse
WM-133 - Turntable WM-134 - Roundhouse
WM-135 - Bakersfield Depot WM-136 - Bakersfield SP Yard
WM-137 WM-138
WM-139 WM-140 - SP Yard (last photo)
from Bakersfield, we are going toward Tehachapi and follow some trains before the grade will start
WM-141 - first is a SF EB WM-142 - this SF train is at Bena crossing the Caliente Creek
WM-143 - of course, our rental car is always nearby WM-144 - there was a MoW car in between
WM-145 - SF Gunderson Twin Stack well cars w/o load WM-146
WM-147 - TTX Gunderson Twin Stack w/Containers WM-148
WM-149 - at the end are 3 SF Cabooses going to storage WM-150 - soon, there are no more Cabooses in service
now, we are on top of Tunnel 2
WM-151 - SF NB intermofal train coming from Bealville WM-152
WM-153 WM-154 - the engines will enter Tunnel 2
WM-155 - the engines just left Tunnel 2 WM-156
WM-157 WM-158 - last photo of SF NB just below Tunnel 2
WM-159 - next NB SF train is coming from Bealville WM-160 - the 8 Locos did already pass thru Tunnel 2
WM-161 WM-162
note the C&NW Hoppers behind the locos can be seen on photo 165
WM-163 - in the distance we can see the Kodak loco of this train WM-164 - end of train is with a Caboose
WM-165 - our NB train is passing the Caliente Curve WM-166 - at the same time is a SB train going uphill
WM-167 - we can see the Kodak loco of the NB train again WM-168 - the SB train is passing Caliente Curve
WM-169 - getting closer to our photo location WM-170 - we are actually not far away from the Caliente Curve
WM-171 - SF 5989 SDF45 is leading this SB train WM-172
WM-173 WM-174
WM-175 - full throttle toward Tunnel 1 WM-176 - last photo of this SB train
WM-177 - SB (EB) Santa Fe train as seen on photo 141-150 WM-178 - I did not expect to see the same train from Bena again
WM-179 WM-180
WM-181 WM-182
WM-183 - Balz is taking a video WM-184 - did you notice these 3 Cabooses on photo 149 ?
WM-185 - SF 5989 is now at Keene (see photos 169 - 176) WM-186
WM-187 - from Keene to Woodford WM-188 - definitely the last photo of this SF SB at Woodford
WM-189 - SF NB near Keene and Hwy 58 WM-190 - going downhill toward Bakersfield
WM-191 - Hwy 58 is always busy WM-192 - special load on flat car
WM-193 - last photo at this location WM-194 - the final frame - SF Caboose at Tehachapi

All photos copyright by Werner Meer

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Photo Collection
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8 different and detailed Maps of Cajon Pass with captions (Mile Posts and Location) by Gary G. Gray - click here
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