Return to Cajon Pass
Continuing - with Part 1B
1b-1. BN-SF 4103, a GE C44-9W; BN-SF 7891, a GE ES44DC; and BN-SF 6834, a GE ES44C4, are seen westbound passing a hotbox detector. In the right background is our SUV. Opening the tailgate provides one with a place to sit and shelter from the sun.
1b-2. BN-SF 4496, a GE C44-9W; BN-SF 6673, a GE ES44C4; BN-SF 6601, a GE ES44C4; and BN-SF 8029, a GE ES44C4, are seen at Summit eastbound with a 110 car stack train. Two helpers were on the rear end.
1b-3. BN-SF 6859, a GE ES44C4, and BN-SF 7697, a GE ES44DC, are providing dynamic braking as their train descends down the west slope of Cajon Pass. The track in the foreground is Track #3; the train is on Track #2, and the track beyond is Track #1. At Mile 56.6, Track #3 separates from Tracks #2 and #1 and does not rejoin these two tracks until Mile 62.8
1b-4. UP 8231, a GM SD90/43AC, is no longer pushing its train of oil tank cars but instead is providing dynamic braking as its 90 car unit tank train descends the west side of Cajon Pass. The trackside speed restriction sign to the left of the signal tower reads “P40 F40.”
1b-5. This Union Pacific mixed freight is running westbound on BN-SF’s Track #3. Union Pacific Cajon Pass track is located in the cut to the left of the train. Powering the train is UP 8520, an EM SD70ACE; UP 4287, a GM SD70M; UP 4790, a GM SD70M; UP 4003, a GM SD70M; UP 8598, an EM SD70ACE; and UP 4047, a GM SD70M.
1b-6. The engineer of BN-SF 7892, a GE ES44DC, is giving Mary Ann a friendly toot while the conductor is giving her a return wave. While I like to shoot photos of trains, Mary Ann likes to wave at the train crew. The train’s other three units are BN-SF 7032, a GE ES44C4; BN-SF 6646, a GE ES44C4; and BN-SF 4839, a GE C44-9W.