Spring in the lower Tehachapi foothills.
After stalling at Tunnel #2, UP's Fresno to West Colton manifest train starts to roll up the steep grade of Allard between Bealville and Caliente. After stopping at Caliente to let two northbound ... (more)
Stalling. Snaking upgrade through Tunnels 1 and 2 at just 3 mph, UP 5260 south and two fellow GE's are close to loosing the battle of getting the ILTSIR-31 over Tehachapi this morning. Whil... (more)
A loaded down south bound Union Pacific manifest thunders up the Tehachapi Mountain’s western slope between tunnels 1 and 2 as a winter storm continues to gather in the east.
The hot Stockton, CA to Willow Springs, IL Z-train waste no time making track speed up the more than 2% grade of Tehachapi Pass as it snakes through the curves of Allard. This train had to stopped... (more)
On a cold, stormy afternoon in the lower Tehachapi foothills, a south bound BNSF stack train rumbles up the grade, between tunnels 1 and 2, while the colors of the spring wildflowers continue to f... (more)
The race to the northern switch of Bealville siding between a north bound BNSF intermodal and a south bound UP lumber drag, won by the south bound of course, as the north bound would quickly slow ... (more)
A short UP manifest climbs up the lower Tehachapi foothills and through the curves of Allard, catching the winter afternoon sun poking in and out of a patchy cloud sky.
Overlooking the Tejon Ranch early in the morning, we can see two freights meeting on the Allard Horseshoe, one an SP eastbound, the other a Santa Fe pig heading for the San Joaquin Valley. Springt... (more)
SP 9177 East, a long manifest that takes up the entire horseshoe and then some, exits Allard as it attacks the grade here at the Tejon Ranch with the assistance of a three-unit helper. In the days... (more)
An eastbound bare-table train climbs the Tehachapi grade, as the train approaches Tunnel 3 in Allard, Ca. The train is powered by a GP50, with a pair of SF30C locomotives trailing.
An eastbound Santa Fe pig train exits the horseshoe at Allard, California. The train’s caboose can be seen in the distance, with 44 TOFC cars separating it from the engines.
The World’s Fair Daylight works upgrade at Allard on the Tehachapi grade. It seems to me that the 4449 was having a minor issue, as it was alternately putting up dark clouds of smoke and ... (more)
A six-unit SP light helper rolls downhill through the multiple reverse curves near the Allard Horseshoe.
Just as the sun rises in the northeast, the head end of SP 9182 East comes out of the Alllard Horseshoe, while its rear helper is still in the middle of the big curve. Below is the beautiful pastu... (more)