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Tehachapi Pass Photo Collection
May 1987
by Werner Meer, Switzerland
Bonus Photos: Barstow  - Mojave Airport (124 photos)

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

Back in 1987 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 Tehachapi Pass.
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.

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)

Barstow - Tehachapi - Mojave Airport

Part 1: Barstow
WM-001 Barstow in the middle of the Mojave Desert WM-002 - we are on the depot side and looking against the sun
WM-003 - huge storage of Santa Fe Cabooses WM-004
WM-005 WM-006 - UP EB toward Daggett
WM-007 - SD40-2 is still the classic power in the 80's WM-008 - all UP Trains coming from Cajon will pass Barstow
WM-009 - same UP empty coal train WM-010 - next comes a UP EB manifest
WM-011 - full throttle on run 8 . . . WM-012
WM-013 WM-014
WM-015 WM-016
WM-017 WM-018 - End of second UP train w/Caboose
WM-019 - SF WB entering Barstow WM-020 - low evening sunlight
WM-021 - all 3 units are with "Kodak" colors WM-022 - last photo made in Barstow
WM-023 - 2 UP helpers at Victorville WM-024 - waiting for next assignment


Part 2: Tehachapi
WM-119 - on the way to Tehachapi we found 3 SP Cabooses WM-120
WM-121 - first train coming uphill from Bakersfield WM-122 - nice to see some "Kodak" diesels
WM-123 WM-124 - after this photo we went to the bridge just before town
WM-125 - we are on top of the bridge at MP 369 . . . WM-126 - . . . near Cable Crossover
WM-127 WM-128
WM-129 - there are 2 mid train DPU's (Helpers) WM-130 - first DPU is a GP30
WM-131 - SP EB before the famous Loop WM-132 - SP EB will enter the Loop Tunnel (9)
WM-133 - some TOFC beind the engines WM-134 - same Train w/rear end helpers
WM-135 - next SP EB entering the tunnel WM-136 - the 4 leading units on top of the tunnel
WM-137 - sure, Balz is always ready in filming WM-138 - there is a Caboose at the end
WM-139 - same train WM-140 - yes, there are mid train helpers
WM-141 - to be excat, we have 6 mid train DPU's WM-142 - SF EB manifest
WM-143 - SD45-2's are leading this train WM-144
WM-145 - 4th unit is a Kodak F45 WM-146 - plus a Kodak U-Boat
WM-147 - it is just an empty "bare table" train WM-148 - last photo of this SF EB
WM-149 - SP worktrain w/SD9 WM-150 - SF EB just above Caliente
WM-151 - 8 Santa Fe Diesels are pulling this EB train WM-152 - second unit is a GP30
WM-153 WM-154 - going uphill toward Tunnel 1
WM-155 at the end are some tank cars WM-156 - and a Caboose
WM-157 - Erosion of sandstone rocks (nice to copy for a layout) WM-158 - outside Bakersfield comes the Tank train
WM-159 - the Tank Train needs a lot of power over Tehachapi WM-160 - there are 5 units in front
WM-161 WM-162 - and 6 units as midtrain helpers
WM-163 - new location near Cable Crossover (SF NB) WM-164 - another SF Kodak SD45-2
WM-165 - AT&SF EMD F45 WM-166 - SF NB end of train at Cable
WM-167 - yes, it is the same SF NB Train WM-168 - it is going downhill at Tunnel 17
WM-169 - still the same train at Woodford WM-170
WM-171 WM-172 - last photo of this SF NB at Woodford
WM-173 - we are on top of the Loop looking down to Marcel WM-174 - SP WB snaking down at Marcel and going thru Tunnel 10
WM-175 - the locos are entering the Loop after passing Tunnel 10 WM-176
WM-177 - same train WM-178 - the locos are passing the Loop Ranch
WM-179 - and entering the Loop Tunnel (9) (last photo) WM-180 - SP EB below the Loop
WM-181 - the lead units just passed the Loop Tunnel (9) WM-182 - going around the Loop Hill
WM-183 - soon, the leading units will pass over his own train WM-184 - smoke of the mid train helpers while front is above
WM-185 - colorful lashup WM-186 - now the train will go thru the Tunnel 10
WM-187 - after Tunnel 10, our Train is passing Marcel WM-188 - there are 7 mid train helpers
WM-189 WM-190 - red lettering of last mid-train helper
WM-191 - endless SP EB snaking up Marcel WM-192 - open coil cars
WM-193 - last "smoky" photo of our SP EB train WM-194 - next is a SF EB passing the Loop Ranch
WM-195 - nice loco combination on the Loop WM-196 - coming around the Loop Hill
WM-197 WM-198 - the locos are rolling of the Loop Tunnel 9
WM-199 - Kodak EMD F45 is engine no. 4 WM-200 - rolling around the Loop
WM-201 - soon, the 4 diesels (and the whole train) will enter Tunnel 10 going uphill toward Tehachapi


Part 3: Mojave Airport
If we are going to Tehachapi from Cajon, we will pass the Desert Town "Mojave". At Mojave Airport are lots of experimental planes and also lots of planes in storage.
WM-202 - There was an Airbus A300 WM-203 - but we do not know what kind of tests are in process.
WM-204 - but behind the A300 was an experimental engine WM-205 - mounted on a McDonnell Douglas MD82
WM-206 - it is called: MD-UHD-DEMO plane WM-207 - with a "GE UDF" Engine
WM-208 - Boeing/GE UDF Flight Test 727 WM-209
WM-210 WM-211
WM-212 WM-213
WM-214 WM-215
WM-216 - plane storage WM-217 - plane storage
WM-218 - plane storage (probably old DC8's)

All photos copyright by Werner Meer

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