Return to Cajon Pass
Continuing - with Part 3B
3b-1. BN-SF 7023, a GE ES44C4; BN-SF 7356, a GE ES44DC, BN-SF 7439, a GE ES44DC; and BN-SF 6695, a GE ES44C4, are four car lengths short of topping the west side of Cajon Pass. They were pulling a 96 car train of double stacks. The only vehicles I saw on the nice gravel road to the right of the train were BN-SF Maintenance-of-Way trucks.
3b-2. A close up of the rail at Summit. Note that the inner rail which receives much of the lateral weight and force of the train cars’ wheels, as the train go through this bend, is 141 pound rail while the outer rail, which receives less of the train’s lateral weight and force, is 136 pound rail.
3b-3. BN-SF 6720, BN-SF 6681, and BN-SF 6926, all GE ES44C4 locomotives, are seen westbound at Summit crossing from Track #3 to Track #2. The three signs to the left of Track #1 carry the following messages, “P-55 F-50”; “W”; and “EBCS SUMMIT 56”. The next photo is a close up of the signal boxes seen to the right of the locomotive. Note the road crossing upper center, more on this road later. I was told that the two car siding above the road was for setting out bad order cars.
3b-4. A close up of the BN-SF signage on the south side of the track as one enters the yard at Summit from the west. The Whistle Board is for the road crossing that leads to the BN-SF’s Summit Station. This road is blocked at California 138 by a locked gate, with a large sign saying “BN-SF Property – No Trespassing.” I chose to believe what the sign said and did not try and take any photos from this area. However, I saw both hikers and cross country motorcycle riders cross the track at this location, but I did note that the motorcycle riders had to dismount and pull their machines under the gate.