With just a few miles to go before reaching the summit at Tehachapi, an eastbound BNSF general freight digs into the grade approaching Cable on the UP Mojave Subdivision.
A fine Spring morning in the Tehachapi mountains finds a UP cement train departing the siding at Caliente with a pair of SD70M's for power.
Coming from Mojave, northbound Union Pacific 8863 with a consist of stacks, passes the Portland Cement plant at Monolith on its way to Tehachapi.
Northbound Double Stacks are drifting downhill across Tehachapi Creek and about to enter the siding at Woodford.
Northbound Auto Racks snake downhill from the summit at Tehachapi and round the curve at Marcel.
Northbound BNSF 7953 drifts downhill off the bridge into Rowen siding. The grassland is turning brown early this year.
The head end of an intermodal is crossing over Tweedy Creek on the Rowen Bridge, as the rest of the stacks are clearing the Woodford block.
Southbound BNSF 7699 climbs out of Tunnel ten after circling the Tehachapi Loop.
The sun is going down as northbound Auto Racks reach the Siding at Bealville and continue downgrade on the weatern slope of the Tehachapi Mountains
Eastbound Union Pacific 8105 and mates start the pull up the 2.2% grade up the western slope of the Tehachapi Mountains, as the rest of the train rounds the horseshoe curve with the rear power jus... (more)
Its almost 1:00PM and the dispatcher wants everybody off the hill. The equipment is backing southbound on the siding at Bealville and is going to pull of onto the spur track.
Northbound BNSF 5226 rounds the curve leading to Caliente Narrows, as the train rounds the horseshoe curve at Caliente. The rear of the stacks are still coming down off the 2.2% grade of the hill.
After a work window that lasted till 1:00 PM, the hill is opened and the rush is on. A mixed manifest waits in the hole in Caliente for a northbound stack coming off the hill.
After a work window that lasted till 1:00 PM, the hill is opened and the rush is on. A southbound mixed manifest waits for a northbound double stack and trailers to clear the hill.
Long Mixed Manifests need lots of power to bring them down the steep grades of the west slopes of the Tehachapi mountains.