Lingering storm clouds lay atop the Tehachapi range as a trio of new Union Pacific ET45AHs hold back eastbound tonnage as it leaves the mountains for the crossing of the vast Mojave Desert.
With the Tehachapi's locked in under a thick layer of cloud cover 19 copies of Union Pacific's first class varnish emerge into the warm afternoon sunlight at Warren, located on the eastern slope o... (more)
'Just a common sense plan' was how William Hood, civil engineer for the Southern Pacific Railroad, described the engineering landmark that we all know today as the Tehachapi Loop. It was under the... (more)
Southern California's Tehachapi Mountains are perhaps best known for the mountain railroad spectacle which takes place in these fabled hills on a daily basis. The countless curves and tremendous g... (more)
BNSF 7102 leads a lenghty westbound manifest train down through Keene. Of note is the standard cab NS SD70 and not shown in this photo, a CSX ES44AH & former Santa Fe C44-9W as the end of train DP... (more)
As the sun rises above the mountain tops its warm glow begins to reunite with the eastern slope of Union Pacific's fabled crossing of the Tehachapi mountains in southern California. Against the hu... (more)
About to enter tunnel 5, a northbound mixed manifest slides downhill from Cliff to bealville.
A Vancouver to Barstow freight exits tunnel 10 where work is underway to join the sidings of Walong and Marcel making a nice much needed section of double track to the hill.
Farther up the hill, about to enter tunnel 5, the rear power units help lower a unit train of covered hoppers down the north side of the Tehachapi Mountains.
A southbound Double Stack climbs up the west slope of the Tehachapi Mountains and rounds the curve into Bealville.
A southbound string of cans, about to enter Tunnel 2, climbs the west slope of the Tehachapi Mountains.
Drifting downhill, northbound mixed manifest has a yellow bonnet in the consist. GP60 NO. 163 joins in with a splash of color and nostalgia.
Meeting at Bealville, a southbound mixed manifest holds the siding for downhill double stacks heading north.
Under typical monsoonal summer skies, two manifest freights meet at Bealville in the Tehachapi mountains on the Union Pacific's Mojave Subdivision.
Having just crested the summit at Tehachapi a few miles before, a northbound UP mixed freight has begun the slow and steady descent through the mountains toward Bakersfield and the central valley.