After my Wednesday night class, I took a drive out to West Colton to see what I could find. I found BNSF 7767 on the departure tracks ready to lead a train to Barstow.
On a beautiful winter afternoon in southern California, a trio of SD40-2's shuffle around a cut of cars at Pepper Ave. in West Colton.
Any set of cousins handling yard duties, as seen from the Pepper St. bridge.
Rather unusual to see a 630 with a 628 on the yard. The radiator grill on the 3128 looks to be unique to that unit.
A Los Angeles bound stack train enters the yard off the Alhambra Subdivion while a second manifest train heads out-of-town using the Palmdale Cutoff north towards Bakersfield.
UP 8147 slowly pulls out of the yard while in the background we see the UP storage deadline and BNSF MWCLBAR "Wicklebar" transfer job to Barstow Yard
The DynamicTamping Express 09-3X sounds the siren at UP 3486, UP 3111, UP 3108 (SD40-2s) RCL job and UP 8008 (SD9043MAC) as the DPU on the Manifest West Colton-El Centro.
The Tamper can advan... (more)
With an an on-time departure from LAUPT, eastbound Amtrak train #2 makes good time passing the former SP classification yard at West Colton. A Roseville-bound manifest attempts to depart in the fo... (more)
Westbound doublestacks off the Yumb Sub enter West Coltom on the relatively new bypass track at Pepper Ave. while the head end of a northbound manifest can be seen in the distance on the Palmdale ... (more)
Looking about as good as they ever did after a few years of service. I really enjoyed seeing a few of these show up amid sea of SD-45 variants.
A stack train negotiates the new run through track around the West Colton yard.
Reworked and renumbered, an ex- Missouri Pacific SD40-2 now outfitted with remote control gear shuffles cars around the yard.
A trio of SD70ACe's being prepped to lead a manifest out of West Colton.
Two UP trains and BNSF transfer power are seen early morning in West Colton.
Still magnificent despite the electrical downgrade for yard service her we get a little roof detail.