No trip to Tehachapi is complete without seeing the "worm train", seen here climbing out of the valley near Bena.
Nothing but tangent track as far as the eye can see. The Mojave Sub is noticeably straighter between Bena and Bakersfield than it is from Bena east.
I've been told that tarantulas have been seen along the trail I walked to access this photo spot. Fortunately, none were present on this August afternoon.
Just east of Keene, a freight trudges upgrade towards the loop.
A long string of empty lumber cars returning to the northwest bring up the rear of this westbound near Caliente.
Golden evening light illuminates Tunnel 9 and a pair of DPUs on the rear of an eastbound manifest.
A clean ES44 brings up the rear of this UP grain train while a BNSF pig train waits in the distance.
Rolling through the S curve, 5403 and a sibling lend a helping hand to a westbound.
One of the more interesting lashups I saw on Tehachapi, the TFM unit adds some variety to the endless sea of orange and yellow.
5403 and a sister ES44 are about to get a breath of cool air as they enter Tunnel 3, near Bealville.
An impressive four unit set of DPUs wheels through the numerous curves between Caliente and Bealville. Surprisingly, a pig train can be seen waiting in the siding for this grain train.