High above Tehachapi Creek, a rather short Fresno bound manifest hugs the side of the hills at Cliff, as it glides downgrade toward Bakersfield.
In warm evening light, two Dash 9s lead a vehicle train past the north switch at Bealville.
After negotiating the horseshoe curve at Caliente, a BNSF stack train begins to pick up speed after slowing for the 15mph speed restriction around the sharp curve.
A full moon illuminates the scene, as a BNSF z-train rushes north through Caliente Creek Canyon.
Union Pacific's lengthy KG1LA winds its way through Afton Canyon, as it heads west on the Cima Subdivision bound for Los Angeles.
The desolate silence is temporarily interupted by the whine of dynamic brakes, as three EMDs bring a cut of empty covered hoppers back from the Union Pacific interchange at Searles. The geologic ... (more)
With Searles Valley Mineral's massive soda ash production complex visible in the distance, five second generation EMDs dig into the grade as they haul their unit train out of the Searles Valley. ... (more)
Stopped in the canyon below Caliente, the train's conductor begins the long walk back to check for a defect on one of the cars. Meanwhile, BNSF's rapid responder shows up to lend assistance illum... (more)
Union Pacific's Los Angeles to Denver z-train begins its trek through Afton Canyon, shortly after beginning its journey over the Cima Subdivision.
A Union Pacific freight train streaks through the night, as it passes through the truss bridges that span the Mojave River at the east end of Afton Canyon.
A short Lathrop, CA bound stack train approaches Tunnel #3 between Cliff and Bealville, as it passes the remnants of Tunnel #4 visible in the shadow to the right of the train. Damaged beyond repa... (more)
Four GEs lead a lengthy Z-train through the verdant rolling hills of the Tehachapi Mountains, as the train climbs southbound through Bealville.
A Union Pacific autorack train descends the 2.2% grade as it nears the entrance to Tunnel #1 between Bealville and Caliente, CA.
The sun sinks in the western sky, framed by an aging Southern Pacific cantilever signal bridge.
UP 1989 leads a West Colton to Fresno manifest, as it approaches Tunnel #5 at the north end of Cliff.