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BNSF Needles Sub and Kingman Canyon 2012 Railfanning Trip

Western American Railroad Museum and Calico/Odessa Railroad Trip.

by Chris Guenzler

1/2/2012 AC Adam picked me up at 7:50 AM and we headed straight to Cajon Pass.

BNSF 7723 West rolled through Cajon. From here we drove to Summit.

BNSF 4909 West starts the descent from Summit. From here we drove through the Summit Valley to Hesperia.

BNSF 7454 West at Hesperia. We drove on to Victorville then made a stop at Oro Grande.

Engine 3845 at Oro Grande.

Further down the Old 66 Highway, BNSF 6727 West came by us. From here we drove into Barstow.

At Barstow Ferromex 4617 was with CSX 5497 before they backed into the Barstow Yard.

Western American Railroad Museum

The sign for the Western American Railroad Museum.

An old railroad telephone box.

Arizona & California Railroad Platform Observation Car 58.

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Caboose 999728 is a CE-8 class caboose built for the Santa Fe.

Union Pacific CA-8 class Caboose 25599, built 1964 by International Car Company.

Another Santa Fe Truck 39217.

This is a 1968 Cline Wheel truck bought by Santa Fe to replace wheel cars used to do on-line repairs of cars that were set out along the mainline.

Museum scenes.

A horse car bought by the Santa Fe 199800 in 1938.

An Observation Car.

Union Pacific Caboose 25472.

WARM's 44 tonner was from the US government and was stationed at the Marine Corps base at Nebo, California.

Santa Fe 95, an FP45 diesel unit made by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors.

Union Pacific SD-40 9950.

Santa Fe Beep 1460.

Arizona & California Railroad Platform Observation Car 58. We left the Museum and before leaving Barstow we gassed up and then drove to Calico.

With the map in hand we walked to the railroad station.

Calico/Odessa Railroad Trip

I had ridden this little railroad back years ago when I worked at Camp Viejo back in the 1990's but didn't take my camera on the overnight trip we did back then. We paid our three dollars a person and then boarded the caboose on the rear of the train. AC got some water when the operator saw him huffing and puffing which took care of that problem.

The view of our train for our trip.

Here is the gasoline phony steam engine.

The view of our train at the Calico Station.

The trestle we would cross at the end of our trip.

Our engineer mounted the locomotive and started it up and we were now ready to depart.

We started the trip by running by the train robbers shack.

The train took the first curve on the line.

The view of that trestle we would cross at the end of the trip.

The train taking the curve to reach the tunnel on this rail line.

The view looking around those curves the train had taken.

Our train went through the tunnel.

View of Calico Mountain.

The train approaches a mine car.

The mine car.

The views looking behind.

The view ahead.

This area is where the Calico housing was located.

View looking north.

The views behind the train.

Two views of Calico Mountain.

An ore loader.

The engine took another of the curves on this railroad.

The ore grinder which was operated by a horse.

Mine on top of the hill.

Another ore loader.

Curving towards the water tower.

The view of that trestle ahead of the train.

Our train crossed the trestle back into the station.

The ore loader beyond the trestle.

View of the water tower.

Our train came back into the station. We thanked the operator and started back to the car.

Ore cars on the station platform.

More ore cars.

The Calico Bottle House.

A Christmas train display. From here we drove to Yermo then Dagget where we would restart our railfanning on this trip.

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