Nothing but tangent track as far as the eye can see. The Mojave Sub is noticeably straighter between Bena and Bakersfield than it is from Bena east.
UP 1996 approaches Bena as its heads south on the Mojave Sub.
Slightly underpowered with a 3902 ton 5766 foot train, the SP Heritage unit starts its climb up the Tehachapis east of Bena. The train would later hit a few under 5-10 mph on maximum grade spots a... (more)
The conductor of an extremely faded 4493 gives the roll by at Bena as they wait to head east on the single track at Ilmon.
With the bladderpods in bloom, chisel nosed UP 8317 leading the AOAWF 22 hits the subtle curve East of Bena approaching Ilmon. The pass should green out even more in the upcoming month with even m... (more)
Union Pacific manifest lead by UP 8720 SD70ACe, banks into the curve at the top end of Sandcut.
The Oil Cans restart their trip over the Tehachapis after cutting in a helper at Bena.
UP 5737 leads a northbound through the curve at Sandcut after making it over Tehachapi with a long manifest.
A BNSF Dash 9 leads 5 other units, including NS and CN power, over the roller coaster-like track at Bena.
An EB ATSF train sprints at the highest speed it will attain for several hours; the 2.2% grades of Tehachapi ahead will slow it down. K64, Minolta SRT 101, Rokkor 50mm f1.7
Santa Fe 7414 East thunders out of Bena as it enters the western extremity of Tehachapi Pass.
BNSF 5474 sweeps the curve at Bena.
As an SP employee prepares a helper set for its next assignment at Bena, a Santa Fe eastbound descends from Sandcut behind it at dusk.
As sprinklers water a field of white rose potatoes in the foreground, an uphill SP manifest meets a hot westbound Santa Fe intermodal at Bena.