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Not really a race. The Union Pacific freight slows to stop as a BNSF intermodal charges up Cajon pass. Activity on this piece of railroad almost always seems heavy.
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One of my goals on my trip to the American Southwest was to shoot all the BNSF GP60Ms that are based out of Fontana, CA. In this one shot is more GP60Ms than Ive ever seen before. Mission accomplished!
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I was having a diffilcult time trying to figure out a name for this. BNSF Meet, Meet from above, and a Descending were three options, but Caliente will do.

So why Caliente? Well, that is the town on the railfan famed Tehachapi pass. A virtual railfans dream to visit! But Ill get to that in a second. Caliente is where the tracks in the background come towards me, then loop behind me to meet the tracks in the foreground. Ive seen photos like this before and couldnt figure out how it all worked until I saw it myself.

Now why is Tehachapi a railfans dream? Well, if the timing works well and the trains are running heavy (as they where on the two days I visited), you will be railfanning constantly. I maximized my potential by chasing EVERY train that hit the pass. Chase one one way, it meets another, chase that, it meets one, chase that. It kepts me BUSY and I walked away with shots from every easy legal angle there is to do. I had no trouble with the local ranchers as I did not go onto their property as many railfans feel the need to do.

I have heard horror stories between ranches and rent a cops to both UP and BNSF both shutting the railroad down for trackwork. I spent the night on the pass and can assure you all, theres just as much if not more traffic at night.
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ATSF 3751, the oldest surviving 4-8-4, the first to be built by Baldwin Locomotive Works and the first to be built for the Santa Fe passes one of EMDs newest locomotive. A spotless Union Pacific SD70ACe at Lenwood, CA, outside of Barstow, CA.
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Enough power for ya!!

11 Gevos and 1 Dash9 for a total of 12 GEs are heading west toward Barstow on Cajon Pass, CA.
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The Illinois zephyr posed for a couple photo run by's including one with the team of Santa Fe FP45 92 and Wisconsin Central SD45 7525. Engineer Ray Weart gives a tug of the classic Leslie RS3l for the group of railfans gathered for the photo shoot.

Union, IL
July 17, 2010
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Norfolk Southern heritage unit, 1068, the Erie, punches out of Wayne tunnel just east of Waynesburg, PA on a cold February day with a coal train.
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What looks like two Gevos growling and pulsating upgrade as they battle the Cajon pass with sand on full is really just a pair of helpers on a freight from Barstow. Seen as they descend Sullivans curve, named after a rail photographer.
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NS heritage unit 1068, the Erie heritage unit pulls out of the Bailey-Enlow Fork mine with a loaded coal drag under a light snow fall on a mid-February day. With the coming of oil fracking to the area, time has caught up with Time. A telephone pole line has been installed, limiting otherwise clear shots.
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As one train fights upgrade, another descends the hill at Cajon.
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