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Photo ID: 712664

SP 8236 and SP 8249 are part of five units up front as they thunder past with the eastbound Southern Pacific Oil Can train. In the distance, a Santa Fe intermodal is approaching. By the time the ... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Tehachapi, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8236
Train ID: BKDOU
Photo Date: July 21, 1984


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By: John Doughty

Added: Oct 11, 2019

Views: 3,335
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Photo ID: 708131

SP's loaded unit oil train was stretched out to the horizon near Ansel siding, CA.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Ansel, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8256
Train ID: BKDOU
Photo Date: March, 1995


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By: Joe Blackwell

Added: Aug 27, 2019

Views: 1,365
Comments: 1

Favorited: 15
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Photo ID: 606269

SP's famous "Cans" emerge from Tunnel 5 at the west end of Cliff siding in the Tehachapis.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Bakersfield, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 7531
Train ID: BKDOU
Photo Date: July 07, 1988


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By: Wendel Moran

Added: Feb 11, 2017

Views: 2,743
Comments: 1

Favorited: 20

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Photo ID: 544834

The Oil Cans head east toward Ilmon with a rebuilt T-2 in the lead. Not long after this photo was taken, the train stopped, with tank cars directly below the photographer's location. On top of one... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45T-2
Location: Ilmon, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 6821
Train ID: BKDOU
Photo Date: April, 1988


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Sep 02, 2015

Views: 3,443
Comments: 1

Favorited: 13
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Photo ID: 537732

The Oil Cans grind upgrade out of Caliente toward tunnel 1 with a fickle sun over head.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Caliente, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8381
Train ID: BKDOU
Photo Date: March, 1992


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Jul 08, 2015

Views: 4,961
Comments: 3

Favorited: 32


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Photo ID: 404418

After stopping at Tehachapi Summit, the head-end power for the BKDOU, also known as the Oil Cans, has cut off from its train and is in the process of picking up the 8822 in the helper spur. When ... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Tehachapi, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8236, SP 8249, SP 8822
Train ID: BKDOU
Photo Date: August, 1983


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By: John Doughty

Added: Jul 25, 2012

Views: 3,374
Comments: 1

Favorited: 32

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Photo ID: 398631

Close-up of the connecting hose between tank cars on SP's unit oil train, run between Saco and Dolores, CA. The shipper would fill interconnected sets of cars at the same time, with the crude pass... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW)
Location: Ilmon, California, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: BKDOU
Photo Date: March, 1988


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: May 23, 2012

Views: 8,110
Comments: 1

Favorited: 42

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Photo ID: 374561

After cutting in a seven-unit EMD helper, the Oil Cans accelerate out of Bena toward the pass. Note the connector pipe at left.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45R
Location: Bena, California, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: BKDOU
Photo Date: December, 1990


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Sep 10, 2011

Views: 3,170
Comments: 0

Favorited: 18
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Photo ID: 372883

The Oil Cans roar through the east end of Rowan with an all-EMD helper adding its power to the train.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Woodford, California, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: BKDOU
Photo Date: August, 1990


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Aug 23, 2011

Views: 4,308
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Favorited: 24
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Photo ID: 372575

A seven-uint EMD helper assists in lifting 10,000 tons of crude oil up the stiff and increasing grade at Caliente.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Caliente, California, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: BKDOU
Photo Date: October, 1988


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Aug 20, 2011

Views: 7,958
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Favorited: 34


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Photo ID: 340952

As the head end of the Oil Cans rounds the curve leading to tunnel 1, the all-EMD helper is visible in the distance climbing the shelf out of Caliente.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Caliente, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8381
Train ID: BKDOU
Photo Date: March, 1995


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Oct 11, 2010

Views: 4,593
Comments: 2

Favorited: 32
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Photo ID: 340446

SP track inspectors give a roll-by to the Oil Cans as they roar upgrade through Woodford.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45T-2
Location: Woodford, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 6849
Train ID: BKDOU
Photo Date: March, 1992


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Oct 07, 2010

Views: 3,742
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Favorited: 17
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Photo ID: 338807

An all-EMD helper assists in holding back 10,000 tons of crude oil as an SP BKDOU descends the eastern slope of Tehachapi Pass.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: Various
Location: Cameron, California, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: BKDOU
Photo Date: December, 1990


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Sep 24, 2010

Views: 6,084
Comments: 3

Favorited: 25
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Photo ID: 280063

The Oil Cans passes over itself as it roars upgrade around the Loop.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Walong, California, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: BKDOU
Photo Date: March, 1992


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Apr 15, 2009

Views: 6,372
Comments: 1

Favorited: 15
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Photo ID: 272354

Just before sunset, the Oil Cans' helper set roars into Caliente, its exhaust illuminated by the low sun.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: Various
Location: Caliente , California, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: BKDOU
Photo Date: April 22, 1991


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Feb 17, 2009

Views: 4,520
Comments: 2

Favorited: 27
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