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Union Pacific's Mojave Subdivision Page

Union Pacific's Mojave Subdivision
Bakersfield, CA to West Colton, CA

Updated:  03/21/2005

Introduction

    Two of the world's most famous railroading landmarks and amazing feats of engineering lie along the lines of one subdivision. That sub would be the Union Pacific's Mojave Sub and the locations hinted at are the Cajon Pass and the Tehachapi Loop. With an abundance of trains and the extra bonus of BNSF trackage rights, it is no wonder that this sub brings visitors from all over the world to watch the show unfold, mountain railroading at its best.

        Much has been written, photographed, and video taped along this sub. The rise of the Internet also increased the availability of material and information about the locations and with a little net savvy you'll find literally hundreds of pages of information, pictures and tips dedicated to the exploration of Tehachapi and Cajon and by extension the Mojave Sub. This page will serve as my feeble attempt to provide you with an additional source for information and to fill in the gaps along the remaining locations and stations along the sub. It never cease to amaze me how many people still ask on the various forums about a place like Cajon or Tehachapi, when it is so thoroughly covered on-line and in print. So enjoy the info and hopefully it will help you in planning your trip to these locations.


Mojave Subdivision Table of Contents: (White background is your current page)

Picture Pages

Total # of Pictures

Last Update:

Maps & Railfan Info

Mojave Sub Main Page

74 03/21/2005

Mojave Sub Maps

Tehachapi ( Bakersfield, CA to Mojave, CA)

74

03/06/2005

NA

Palmdale Cutoff (Mojave, CA to Summit, CA)

NA

 

NA

Cajon (Summit, CA to West Colton, CA)

NA

NA

Mojave Sub Superlatives

North end: Bakersfield, CA - MP 310.8; South end: West Colton, CA  MP  492.7;

Total route miles: 181.9;  CTC, Double Track ABS Single track with sidings.
Max track speed: 70 mph
Major stations (locations): Bakersfield, Tehachapi, Mojave, Palmdale, West Colton
Crew Change Points: Bakersfield, West Colton
Yards: Bakersfield Mojave, West Colton
Major Junctions: Kern Jct (BNSF) MP 313.6; Magunden (SJVR) MP 316.6; Mojave (BNSF) MP 381.3;

Silverwood (BNSF) MP 464.7; Keenbrook (BNSF) MP 479.4

Highest point:  @ Summit Switch; Lowest Point:  @ Bakersfield, CA
Radio Frequencies: AAR 14 160.320 UPLA DS 54, Slover - Bakersfield.

Other freqs: 161.550 Colton Yard, 161.100 & 161,430 (Colton Switching);

Dispatcher Link: 160.815 (Warren - Tehachapi); 161.310 (Walong - Cameron);  161.220 (Bakersfield - Cliff)
Train Frequency: 25-35 daily;  Train Types: Coal, Auto, Intermodal, Cement, Manifest
Amtrak: none scheduled, though #3 & 4 may be found on UP tracks between Keenbrook and Silverwood and 1 & 2 pass through West Colton


Timetable Info

Mojave Subdivision (From RR North to RR South)
Stations
Mile Post
Speed Limit
Siding Lengths
N Bakersfield 310.8 50 Yard
Bakersfield
312.9 25 Yard
Kern Jct 313.6 60  
Quantico (Not Official) 314.8 25  
Magunden 316.6 60  
*Detector* 318.8 60  
Edison 320.1 60  
Sandcut 325.0 60  
Bena 328.1 50  
*Detector* 328.6 50  
Ilmon 330.6 50  
Caliente 335.4 23  
Allard 338.2 23  
Bealville 338.0 - 340.6 23 13,270'
Cliff 341.8 - 343.3 23 7,530'
Rowen 345.1 - 346.8 23 8,080'
*Detector* 347.0 23  
Woodford 347.9 - 349.7 23 8,960'
Walong (Loop) 351.1 - 352.2 23 4,800'
Marcel 353.0 - 354.2 23 6,189'
Cable 356.7 23  
Cable Crossover 358.5 23  
Tehachapi 360.5 60  
Summit Switch 362.4 60 5,040'
*Detector* 363.8 60  
Monolith 365.0 60  
Cameron 370.4 35  
Warren 374.3 25  
*Detector* 377.0 25  
Mojave 380.7 25  
South Mojave 381.3 45  
Fleta 384.4 70  
Ansel 389.5 - 391.1 70 8,340'
Rosamond 394.0 70  
*Detector* 396.1 70  
Oban 399.3 - 401.0 70 8,350'
N Lancaster 404.3 70  
S Lancaster 406.1 70  
Denis 409.2 - 410.9 70 8,350'
*Detector* 412.6 70  
Palmdale Jct 414.4 35  
Palmdale 416.5 - 418.1 60 7,370'
*Detector* 431.1 60  
Wash 434.3 - 436.1 60 9,000'
*Detector* 446.6 60  
Phelan 4501 - 451.9 60 9,000'
*Detector* 457.9 60  
Hivolt 460.0 60  
Hiland 461.9 - 463.8 40 9,097'
Silverwood 464.7 30  
Canyon 469.3 - 471.3 30 9,515'
*Detector* 475.1 30  
Keenbrook 479.0 30  
Dike 480.2 - 481.8 30 7,705'
*Detector* 486.8 30  
Bench 489.8 40  
Slover 490.0 - 491.9 40 9,127'
East Wye Bypass 492.6 15 Yard
Rancho 492.7 15 Yard


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