Return to Cajon Pass
Continuing - with Part 2B
2b-1. It is early morning and we are Cajon, Mile Post 62.8. On Track #3 is Amtrak’s Train No. 3, the Southwest Chief, headed by two GE DASH9-P42B locomotives #200 and #74. On Track #2 is a west bound BN-SF stack train and on Track #1 is east bound BN-SF stack trains. In the upper right above Amtrak can be seen a Union Pacific train coming down the hill on UP’s track with a stack train. There are very few places in the United States where one can see four trains rolling on mainline track at the same time.
2b-2. This view is from old US 66. BN-SF 7073, a GE ES44C4; BN-SF 8146, a GM SD60M; and BN-SF 7607, a GE ES44DC, pulling a Maersk stack train are seen running on Track #2 at Swarthout Canyon Road. Over on Track #1 is a west bound stack train.
2b-3. We are at Mile Post 62.7 and heading east on Track #2 is a Union Pacific mixed freight train. The train is over powered with six locomotives UP 6077, a GE C44ACCTE; UP 6956, a GEC44/60AC; UP 4640, a GM SD70M; UP 3711, a GM SD90/43AC; UP 9832 a GE C44-9W; and UP 4005, a GM SD70M. One can assume there was a need to move extra power east. Union Pacific’s Cajon Pass track run through the gap in the hills above the locomotives.
2b-4. This eastbound stack train led by BN-SF 6518, a GE ES44C4; BN-SF 4427, a GE C44-9W; BN-SF 7416, a GE ES44DC; BN-SF 7560, a GE ES44DC; and BN-SF 4103 a GE C44-9W, is at Cajon on Track #3. Track #3 will follow its own path to Mile Post 56.6 where it will rejoin Tracks #2 and #1. The road on the hillside in the background is I-15.
2b-5. This partially salvaged boxcar was found lying near the BN-SF track at Mile Post 59.6. There must be some story about how it came to rest at this location. I would assume that as a result of the very dry conditions at this location the U.S. Forestry Service stopped the cutting up of the car due to fire danger.