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A Trip to Cajon Pass 6/9/2018



by Chris Guenzler



Bill Compton and I went to Cajon Pass via West Colton. We drove out to Pepper Street to see what might be coming our way today.





BNSF 7778 East was at West Colton Yard this morning. Would we see him later today? From here we drove to Swarthout Canyon Road just as a westbound train was approaching.





BNSF 8144 West at Swarthout Canyon Road. We moved back to Cozy Dell and climbed up onto the rocks. That brought back my memories of making out with Bette Boyle, a girlfriend in Santa Ana College, sitting on these rocks. Good times! I called Julie to find out what time Amtrak had left Victorville this morning.











BNSF 7460 East at Cozy Dell.







BNSF 8255 East at Cozy Dell.







Amtrak Southwest Chief 3 running over three hours late on this morning passing through Cozy Dell.







BNSF 8255 East at Cozy Dell. We drove to MacDonald's at Cajon Jct to get me hot cakes and sausage to go. Next we went to Summit to see the changes. The new CA 138 Highway is in and the road is straighter and about three minutes faster. We parked at the east end of the new highway cut and walked up to the old viewpoint which is half the size it once was.





BNSF 8256 East runs through Summit. I sat down and ate my breakfast. Once I had finished I heard an eastbound train climbing the grade towards us and set up for my next set of pictures.





The new Summit view.









BNSF 7778 East at Summit.





BNSF 7595 West stopped at Summit. We then drove to the much lower viewpoint at Summit.







BNSF 4226 East at Summit.







BNSF 7395 West at Summit. We went to the CA 138 Pine Lodge Track 1&2 bridge and set up.













BNSF 7395 West at Pine Lodge. We then started to head to Hill 582 but got stopped at the grade crossing by a westbound BNSF freight.







BNSF 6654 West at the bridge west of Silverwood Crossing. From here we went to Hill 582.





An unknown BNSF eastbound ran behind the BNSF 6654 West.





Views of new CA 138 Highway with trains in each view.







BNSF 4422 West at Hill 582.







Union Pacific 8015 West at Hill 582.







Union Pacific 6886 North pulling an empty rail train at Hill 582.







Union Pacific 7431 West at Hill 582.





Union Pacific 8234 East at Hill 582.







BNSF 4157 West at Hill 582.





BNSF 4496 West with a baretable train at Hill 582.





BNSF 3766 East at Hill 582.







BNSF 7818 East at Hill 582.





BNSF 7005 West at Hill 582.







BNSF 5939 East at Hill 582.







Union Pacific 5272 West at Hill 582.







BNSF 6506 West at Hill 582.





BNSF 8067 East from Hill 582.







Union Pacific 8545 East with Norfolk Southern ET44AC 3656 in its consist at Hill 582.





BNSF 8067 East rear end. This was our final train of the day and Bill drove me home to Santa Ana. It had been a great day of train watching in Cajon Pass today. Thank you to Bill for taking me out today.


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