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A Trip to Cajon Pass 4/8/2017

by Chris Guenzler

Bill Compton wanted to go to Cajon Pass and I wanted to see how construction was going on CA Highway 138 so we decided on Saturday and he picked me up at 6:30 AM. We did not have to go far for our first train of the day.

Pacific Surfliner 761 came north through Santa Ana before we headed to the freeway. We went to West Colton yard then cut through San Bernardino and we got to see the construction at the San Bernardino station. We headed north to Cajon Blvd which you can now take all the way to Cajon station. As we headed to Blu Cut we caught up to the second train of the morning; the first one we passed along Cajon Blvd.

BNSF 8067 East heading into Cajon. We went back to Blu Cut to wait for that first train.

BNSF 7270 East at Blu Cut.

I enjoyed the Rainbow Blues at Blu Cut. Next we drove to Cajon where we found a westbound train waiting.

BNSF 6596 West at Cajon.

The BNSF 7270 East took Track 3 to Summit this morning. From here we drove CA Highway 138 and noticed all the construction and earth moving that had already taken place. Summit was in pea soup clouds so we headed east to the Summit Valley were it was clear but a cool wind was blowing. We set up at a new location for my photography. We did not have a long wait.

BNSF 7270 East at Lugo. Now we waited for a four hour late Southwest Chief.

Amtrak Southwest Chief train 3 at Lugo behind schedule.

BNSF 8067 East at Lugo. We went to the next crossing to the east.

BNSF 7654 West at another new photo location.

BNSF 7765 East with BNSF GP60M3s 124 and 107 in the consist at Martinez. From here we went back to the Summit Overlook.

Here is a construction view.

BNSF 6774 East with CICX 2029 in its consist met Union Pacific 6462 West at Summit.

Next Union Pacific 6490 East with BCRail 4651 and DPU UP 6772 at Summit.

BNSF 6015 East at Summit. We stopped at MacDonald's for lunch then drove to Blu Cut to eat our lunch. After that we drove to Riverside then followed the old Union Pacific line to Pomona where we found another train.

Union Pacific 8105 East at Pomona. Right behind that first train came a second train.

Union Pacific 7510 East Pomona. We drove home and stopped by The Habit to get my mom and my dinner. It has been another fantastic trip to Cajon Pass by Bill and I.