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Tehachapi Loop - Page 1

Twenty Hours on Tehachapi

Action Around and Near the Loop

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1999 Steve Barry

This section is divided into three pages to provide quick loading

This section was set up on August 13, 1999.

This is a sampling of action on the famed line over Tehachapi Loop in California. Coverage begins after the maintenance window was lifted at approximately 1:00 p.m. on June 29, 1999, and continues until the line was shut down for another maintenance window at approximately 9:00 a.m. on June 30th. The locations range from Caliente to Tunnel 10 just beyond the Loop. Not all trains are shown - this is only a sampling of the action.

On June 29, 1999, Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Dash 9-44CW 771 leads a train downhill approaching Caliente. A large sweeping horseshoe curve is just ahead.


From the same spot a few minutes later, the same train is running in the valley, departing Caliente for Bakersfield.


At Bealeville, upgrade from Caliente, a flock of BNSF Dash 9-44CW's led by the 772 leads a train uphill.


Several minutes later, the trio is halfway around the Tehachapi Loop at Walong. Momentarily, the locomotives will pass over their own train.


A rainbow of power, led by BNSF Dash 9-44CW 4379, is on a train heading uphill between Caliente and Tunnel 2. Five different BNSF paint schemes adorn the six units - a BNSF Heritage II, Burlington Northern standard green, BNSF Heritage I, BN green with a white "face," another Heritage I and a Santa Fe warbonnet .


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