An eastbound Santa Fe manifest, led by a GP30 and a half-dozen GP35’s, passes two Southern Pacific SD9’s on a work train at Cliff. Caliente is visible over the cab of the lead unit. All of the GP3... (more)
Viewed from the hillside above Tunnel 3, a westbound Santa Fe train approaches Tunnel 5 as it rolls along the high shelf at Cliff.
A westbound Santa Fe train holds at Cliff to meet an eastbound Southern Pacific train. While the Santa Fe trains climbed the grade without much visual fanfare, the SP locos were often smoke-belchi... (more)
With two sets of helper power tied onto a Santa Fe westbound, the train is ready to depart Woodford after meeting several freights, both SP and Santa Fe. As the caboose of another Santa Fe train r... (more)
Another Crummy Shot From Tehachapi
Or, more correctly, another waycar shot from Tehachapi. After shooting an e... (more)
After spending a few hours at Cliff siding on Tehachapi, we had begun the long walk back to Bealville. As we were nearing Tunnel 5, we encountered an eastbound Santa Fe manifest with a U36C on the... (more)
As a westbound Santa Fe piggyback train descends the western slope of Tehachapi, waycar 999279 puts a soon-to-disappear punctuation point on the end of the train. The caboose has just exited Tunne... (more)
Late in the afternoon, Santa Fe 636 West slowly crawls up Sando siding as it waits for an eastbound Amtrak San Joaquin. No. 636 is a recent arrival on the railroad from GE.
Santa Fe 5815 East roars through the cut below the Loop. On the point is a recently repainted SD45-2.
Late in the day, a fast-moving 199 train decelerates into Antioch as it skirts Suisun Bay. The red paint on the four-axle Dash 8s still looks new.
The caboose end of an eastbound Santa Fe manifest hustles down the North Track at Martinez. This part of the pass is left-hand running.
U36C No. 8703, one of the few painted in the "tuxedo" paint scheme, leads a westbound Santa Fe manifest into tunnel 9 at the Loop. Note the trackside indicators on either side of the mai... (more)
An ATSF C44-9W and ATSF paint B40-8W lead L-CHI102 into Mazon.
As Santa Fe 5134 heads east out of Crozier Canyon, we get a good look at the three SD26s in her consist with stacks capped. These units are headed for service on the Guilford System.
The sun has just come up. The San Francisco peaks of Flagstaff are in the back ground, and a hot Santa Fe intermodal is rounding the bend. Life is pretty good right about now.