Along the high desert, an eastbound Z train with the standard consist of a quartet of BNSF GE's operates at track speed over the beginning of the Tehachapi Pass. The train will soon begin the scen... (more)
Passing under the former SP Searchlights at 'Sandcut', an eastbound Z train makes track speed near Bena. It'll soon begins its climb over Tehachapi Pass before descending into Barstow and essentia... (more)
Passing the classy ATSF Searchlights at Sandcut, a westbound Bakersfield destined manifest operates at track speed after successfully making it over Tehachapi Pass.
The conductor of an eastbound high priority Z train prepares to give a rollby to a westbound manifest that has just successfully made it off of Tehachapi Pass. The eastbound Z will soon receive a ... (more)
Waiting for opposing traffic to clear the single main over Tehachapi Pass, an eastbound high priority Z train waits near Sandcut, east of Bakersfield.
Richard Beal photo:
Helper power sits and waits at Sandcut ready to help the next SP drag lug freight over the Tehachapis
The cattle in the distance hardly even notice the passing of Amtrak's 40th anniversary exhibit train, as they snack on their morning breakfast of carrots. The train is only 16 miles into its run ... (more)
A hot Southbound Z is running on yellows behind a slow moving UP drag as it passes through Bena.
Having conquered Tehachapi Pass, the H BARPAS continues it's northward journey at sunset.
An automobile train rolls towards Ilmon as sunlight glints of its flanks.
After cutting in a seven-unit EMD helper, the Oil Cans accelerate out of Bena toward the pass. Note the connector pipe at left.
The refer block behind the power gives this train away as BNSF Fresno to Chicago intermodal, seen at Bena powering up for a run at Tehachapi Summit.
Late afternoon at Bena finds this Northbound general freight running on the normal Southbound main #1 to Sandcut where the train crossed back over to Main 2.
A PRS passenger extra rounds the S curve at Sand Cut heading towards Bakersfield. Love that Heritage paint scheme on 156.