With SP's loaded Oil Cans stopped just west of Ilmon, a member of the helper crew walks back towards his units after conferring with the head-end crew regarding the problem with the train. The hea... (more)
SP's loaded Shell Oil Train roars up the stiff and curving grade at the west end of Bealville. Note that all power on the head end is EMD tunnel motors. The train weighs in at approximately 10,000... (more)
SP's loaded Oil Cans circle the Loop, with the head end passing over the last cars with near perfection. SD40R, No. 7300, the "class" locomotive for this SP rebuilt engine type, is leadi... (more)
SP helper engineer and conductor make their way off their trailing unit. The BKDOU they're helping has suffered some sort of failure near the head end, and the conductor (closest to us) will walk ... (more)
SD45R 7492 leads the loaded "oil cans" just south of Mojave at Fleta.
SP's Oil Cans make their way through the tight 10-degree curve at Caliente.
The all-EMD helper on today's Oil Cans roars through the east end of Bealville as it pushes the 10,000-ton train up the steep grade and tight curves on this part of Tehachapi.
An all-EMD helper assists the lead power in lifting a 10,000-ton BKDOU around the Loop. Below the power is tunnel 9.
A six-unit EMD helper adds braking power to the SP's Oil
Cans as they come down the steep defile between the Tehachapi Valley and Warren.
The standard 5 unit set of 6 axles are pulling hard as they lead the SB Oil Cans over the Tehachapi Loop. The second unit is SP SD45T-2R #6815 followed by a VMV lessor and 2 more SP's.
Swing helper on the "Oilcans"
The "Oilcans" crossing the top of the Tehachapi Loop