The afternoon sun sets on commuters arriving and departing San Bernadino's Metrolink/Amtrak station.
Starting down the steeper old south track (Main 3), BNSF 7812 and train begin the 3% descent westbound through Cajon Pass into urban Southern California.
A rebuilt SD45 (actually an SD40M-2 in SP parlance) leads a westbound freight off Tehachapi as it exits the long Bealville-Allard siding at Tunnel 2. The Rio Grande-style speed lettering comes fro... (more)
7:45am. Time to start my morning on the Cajon Pass.
An eastbound for Salt Lake City roars around the curve at the east end of the siding at James, California behind no less than eight big UP units (two EMD and six GEs).
It amazes me at the audacity of many railroad companies in this country years ago to go through almost impenetrable terrain. A great example is the Western Pacific, which was completed into Califo... (more)
Santa Fe power rolls past the Casa del Desierto, the old Harvey House in Barstow in 1991. At the time of this photo, the fate of the Harvey House was very much in doubt, as it had suffered earthqu... (more)
An eastbound Santa Fe "Super Fleet" intermodal rips along at 70 MPH through Cadiz, CA. On the left is the Cadiz Turn out of Barstow. It is getting its train together after interchanging ... (more)
An eastbound Santa Fe "Super Fleet" intermodal has reached this particular summit at Ash Hill, in the Mojave Desert. From here it'll be fast running and mostly downhill until the long cl... (more)
Two Santa Fe SD40-2s are climbing Cajon with a long train of intermodal trailers hanging on the rear unit's drawbar. A pair of GP30s is pushing on the rear.
A UP coal train crosses the flyover at Frost behind three GE six-motor units. The land to the left has developed quite a bit since this scene nearly two decades ago.
Westbound BNSF freight on Rock Creek Trestle.
The first of three outbound Altamont Commuter Express trains crosses over the former Southern Pacific right-of-way on Altamont Pass. The train is in push mode as it heads from San Jose to Stockton... (more)
A "rainbow" BNSF lash up on the head end of a mixed freight makes it's way through Woodford siding.
Santa Maria Valley's GP9 awaits its next assignment. (Photo taken with permission and under supervision of railroad personnel.)