RailPictures.Net Photo: SSW 9269 St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt) EMD SD45 at Hiland, California by Craig Walker
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St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt) (more..)
EMD SD45 (more..)
Cajon Pass (more..)
Hiland, California, USA (more..)
July 02, 1978
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SSW 9269 (more..)
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A Busy Afternoon at Hiland

There's a lot of activity at Hiland, the summit of the Southern Pacific's crossing of Cajon Pass, on July 2, 1978. A westbound sits in the siding as an eastbound, led by Cotton Belt SD45T-2 9269, pauses to "discuss management" (because what else could they be discussing?) with the conductor of the westbound. Meanwhile, the crew of the trainorder station (the converted cupola caboose with white ends) get some fresh air and gets ready to give the eastbound a roll-by inspection. This line, the Palmdale Cutoff, is dark territory, with no signals, and thus train movements are controlled by trainorders.
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