05:10 Laguna Canyon Road

Cajon 2017-11-09

05:10 Laguna Canyon Road

05:10 Laguna Canyon Road

There's a light mist in the air and the aroma of fresh coffee after the ritual stop at Starbucks on Main Beach.

06:34 Hiland

06:34 Hiland

Cajon is socked in by low clouds pushed up against the mountains. Visibility on the twisting road to Summit (currently under major reconstruction and realignment) ranges from nil to no more than 100 feet. Driven by an onshore wind, the clouds are spilling over the peaks and into Summit Valley. There are occasional breaks as the rising sun climbs over the mountains, one of them opens just as a UP baretable rolls southward on the Palmdale Cutoff. 

North switch Hiland: UP 3979, 7994

06:53 Martinez (MP 53)

06:53 Martinez (MP 53)

Straddling the cloud line, an eastbound freight waits for a signal at Martinez.

BNSF 7704, 7749, 7722, 4981

07:11 west of Lugo

07:11 west of Lugo

Pacing the morning traffic on Summit Valley Road, a westbound BNSF intermodal threads the curves between Lugo and Martinez.

BNSF 6667, 7849, 6160, 6834, 5353

07:12 Martinez (MP 52)

07:12 Martinez (MP 52)

Elephant-style GEs: five units, four models.

BNSF 6667, 7849, 6160, 6834, 5353

07:15 Martinez (MP 52)

07:15 Martinez (MP 52)

Into the clouds. TTX FCAs and J.B. Hunt containers.

TTRX 552129

07:15 Martinez (MP 52)

07:15 Martinez (MP 52)

Clouds spill over the mountaintops as an eastbound intermodal passes MP 52.

BNSF 3788, 4321, 8176, 7674

07:16 Martinez (MP 52)

07:16 Martinez (MP 52)

Clouds spill over the mountaintops as an eastbound intermodal passes MP 52.

07:16 Martinez (MP 52)

07:16 Martinez (MP 52)

It all comes down to this. Eastbound intermodal at MP 52.

07:17 Martinez (MP 52)

07:17 Martinez (MP 52)

Clouds spill over the mountaintops as an eastbound intermodal passes MP 52.

07:17 Martinez (MP 52)

07:17 Martinez (MP 52)

Clouds spill over the mountaintops as an eastbound intermodal passes MP 52.

07:17 Martinez (MP 52)

07:17 Martinez (MP 52)

Clouds spill over the mountaintops as an eastbound intermodal passes MP 52.

07:28 Martinez

07:28 Martinez

Westbound intermodal:

BNSF 7274, 6899, CSXT 394, BNSF 5880, 7600

07:28 Martinez

07:28 Martinez

Westbound intermodal:

BNSF 7274, 6899, CSXT 394, BNSF 5880, 7600

07:32 Martinez

07:32 Martinez

Westbound intermodal, UPS piggybacks and containers.

07:32 Martinez

07:32 Martinez

Westbound intermodal. TTRX 552251

07:33 Martinez

07:33 Martinez

Westbound intermodal, stacks and piggybacks. TTRX 552251 carries the marker.

07:34 Martinez (MP 53)

07:34 Martinez (MP 53)

Westbound UP racks and intermodal on BNSF Cajon Sub.

UP 7723, 8463, 5216, 5443

07:34 Martinez (MP 53)

07:34 Martinez (MP 53)

Westbound UP racks and intermodal on BNSF Cajon Sub.

UP 7723, 8463, 5216, 5443

07:52 Alray (MP 59, I-15 overpass)

07:52 Alray (MP 59, I-15 overpass)

Sun and warm temperatures east of Summit were pleasant enough, but the prospects of drama below the cloud line beckoned. I followed the 7274 West down the hill to a rolling meet with an eastbound intermodal at Alray.

BNSF 6842, 8056, 8049, 6636

07:52 Alray (MP 59, I-15 overpass)

07:52 Alray (MP 59, I-15 overpass)

Sun and warm temperatures east of Summit were pleasant enough, but the prospects of drama below the cloud line beckoned. I followed the 7274 West down the hill to a rolling meet with an eastbound intermodal at Alray.

BNSF 6842, 8056, 8049, 6636

07:52 Alray (MP 59, I-15 overpass)

07:52 Alray (MP 59, I-15 overpass)

Sun and warm temperatures east of Summit were pleasant enough, but the prospects of drama below the cloud line beckoned. I followed the 7274 West down the hill to a rolling meet with an eastbound intermodal at Alray.

BNSF 6842, 8056, 8049, 6636

07:52 Alray (MP 59, I-15 overpass)

07:52 Alray (MP 59, I-15 overpass)

Sun and warm temperatures east of Summit were pleasant enough, but the prospects of drama below the cloud line beckoned. I followed the 7274 West down the hill to a rolling meet with an eastbound intermodal at Alray.

BNSF 6842, 8056, 8049, 6636

08:05 Sullivan's Curve (MP 61)

08:05 Sullivan's Curve (MP 61)

Clouds billow among the rocks as an eastbound intermodal exits Sullivan's Curve.

BNSF 7134, 7008, 8024, 4465

08:15 Alray

08:15 Alray

Low-hanging clouds are beginning to break as the 7134 East climbs toward Alray

BNSF 7134, 7008, 8024, 4465

08:16 Alray

08:16 Alray

Low-hanging clouds are beginning to break as the 7134 East climbs through Alray

BNSF 7134, 7008, 8024, 4465

08:16 Alray

08:16 Alray

Eastbound intermodal grinding through Alray. (If pictures could talk!)

BNSF 7134, 7008, 8024, 4465

08:20 Alray

08:20 Alray

Eastbound intermodal.

TTRX 555092

08:20 Alray

08:20 Alray

Eastbound intermodal.

TTRX 555092

08:32 East end of Sullivan's Curve (MP 61)

08:32 East end of Sullivan's Curve (MP 61)

UP ethanol empties eastbound on the Cajon Sub.

UP 5947, 8941

08:32 East end of Sullivan's Curve (MP 61)

08:32 East end of Sullivan's Curve (MP 61)

UP ethanol empties eastbound on the Cajon Sub.

UP 5947, 8941

08:43 MP 62

08:43 MP 62

Eastbound intermodal approaching Sullivan's Curve.

BNSF 4648, 3897, 3742, 7939

 

 

08:48  Sullivan's Curve

08:48 Sullivan's Curve

Eastbound BNSF intermodal on the Cajon Sub, southbound UP freight on the Mojave Sub.

08:49 Sullivan's Curve

08:49 Sullivan's Curve

Eastbound BNSF intermodal on the Cajon Sub, southbound UP freight on the Mojave Sub.

DPU on UP 2570 South: UP 8048, 8102

08:50 Canyon (Sullivan's Curve)

08:50 Canyon (Sullivan's Curve)

Southbound UP freight rolling through Canyon on the Mojave Sub.

DPU on UP 2570 South: UP 8048, 8102

09:05 Alray

09:05 Alray

The nav knows

09:23 Alray

09:23 Alray

Beep beep

09:32 Alray

09:32 Alray

Clearing trend. The clouds are moving out as an eastbound intermodal climbs through Alray in a widened cut where once, Cajon's only two tunnels pierced the rock.

 BNSF 7202, 6529 / DPU: BNSF 4564, 4165

09:32 Alray

09:32 Alray

Clearing trend. The clouds are moving out as an eastbound intermodal climbs through Alray in a widened cut where once, Cajon's only two tunnels pierced the rock.

 BNSF 7202, 6529 / DPU: BNSF 4564, 4165

09:37 Alray

09:37 Alray

BNSF 237849 in consist of eastbound intermodal.

09:38 Alray

09:38 Alray

DPUs shove an eastbound intermodal through Alray in a widened cut where once, Cajon's only two tunnels pierced the rock.

 BNSF 7202, 6529 / DPU: BNSF 4564, 4165

09:51 Sullivan's Curve

09:51 Sullivan's Curve

Five GEs  four Dash 9s with a 'C4 thrown in for good measure — work an eastbound intermodal through Sullivan's Curve.

BNSF 5168, 8001, 5105, 4649, 4354

09:54 Sullivan's Curve

09:54 Sullivan's Curve

Eastbound intermodal wheels UPS piggybacks through Sullivan's Curve.

TTAX 555224

 

 

10:10 Cajon Wash

10:10 Cajon Wash

Lost Explorer in the wash

10:10 Cajon Wash

10:10 Cajon Wash

Fire and flood

10:12 Cajon Wash

10:12 Cajon Wash

Seasonal passage

10:37 Pine Lodge

10:37 Pine Lodge

Eastbound intermodal.

BNSF 7536, 6779, CREX 1317 < stacks > DPU: BNSF 3849, 6771

10:48 Alray

10:48 Alray

DPU on 7712 West:

BNSF 7763, 7709

10:49  Alray

10:49 Alray

Eastbound intermodal.

BNSF 7536, 6779, CREX 1317 / DPU: BNSF 3849, 6771

10:57 west of Silverwood

10:57 west of Silverwood

Moonset. Eastbound intermodal approaching Silverwood.

BNSF 7536, 6779, CREX 1317 / DPU: BNSF 3849, 6771

10:58 west of Silverwood

10:58 west of Silverwood

Eastbound intermodal approaching Silverwood.

BNSF 7536, 6779, CREX 1317 / DPU: BNSF 3849, 6771

11:01 Silverwood

11:01 Silverwood

Westbound UP freight meeting eastbound BNSF intermodal.

UP 2670, 8540, 6561 / DPU: UP 8674

11:01 Silverwood

11:01 Silverwood

Westbound UP freight meeting eastbound BNSF intermodal.

UP 2670, 8540, 6561 / DPU: UP 8674

11:02 Silverwood

11:02 Silverwood

Westbound UP freight meeting eastbound BNSF intermodal. Note UP 6561 in fresh paint.

UP 2670, 8540, 6561 / DPU: UP 8674

11:03 west of Silverwood

11:03 west of Silverwood

Almost! Hi-rail on Main 3 passing BNSF/UP meet on Main 1 and 2

11:03 Silverwood

11:03 Silverwood

Eastbound track patrol, Main 3

11:10 MP 58

11:10 MP 58

Eastbound UP freight meeting UP 2670 West.

UP 7467, 6962, 7284, 4830 / DPU: UP 8619

11:10 MP 58

11:10 MP 58

Rolling meet: UP 7467 East passing the DPU on UP 2670 West.

UP 7467, 6962, 7284, 4830 / DPU: UP 8619

Westbound DPU: UP 8674

11:16 MP 466 Mojave Sub

11:16 MP 466 Mojave Sub

Northbound freight:

UP 7438, 6201, 7664, 7824 / DPU: UP 5484

11:20 MP 465 UP Mojave Sub

11:20 MP 465 UP Mojave Sub

Northbound freight:

UP 7438, 6201, 7664, 7824 / DPU: UP 5484

11:25 Hiland

11:25 Hiland

Northbound freight:

UP 7438, 6201, 7664, 7824 / DPU: UP 5484

11:27 Silverwood (Main 3)

11:27 Silverwood (Main 3)

Westbound UP intermodal drops downgrade on Main 3 of the Cajon Sub as the DPU on a northbound UP freight shoves through Hiland.

Northbound (DPU): UP 5484

Westbound intermodal:

UP 4539, 7607, 6919

11:35 MP 58.5 Cajon Sub (Main 3)

11:35 MP 58.5 Cajon Sub (Main 3)

Westbound UP intermodal easing downgrade on Main 3.

UP 4539, 7607, 6919

11:38 Alray MP 59.9 (Main 3)

11:38 Alray MP 59.9 (Main 3)

Westbound UP intermodal crossing over Santa Fe Rd.

UP 4539, 7607, 6919

11:42 Pine Lodge MP 61 (Main 3)

11:42 Pine Lodge MP 61 (Main 3)

Westbound UP intermodal:

UP 4539, 7607, 6919

11:54 Canyon (Sullivan’s Curve)

11:54 Canyon (Sullivan’s Curve)

Southbound intermodal on the Mojave Sub.

UP 7720, 5390, 4399

12:00 Cajon station (Main 3)

12:00 Cajon station (Main 3)

Westbound UP intermodal holding on Main 3 for traffic ahead.

UP 4539, 7607, 6919

12:08 Cajon station

12:08 Cajon station

Westbound UP intermodal on the move on Main 3, meeting eastbound BNSF intermodal:

Westbound: UP 4539, 7607, 6919

Eastbound: BNSF 7692, 4858, 4302, 8074, 4419

 

12:10 Sullivan's Curve

12:10 Sullivan's Curve

Eastbound intermodal:

BNSF 7692, 4858, 4302, 8074, 4419

12:36 Sullivan's Curve

12:36 Sullivan's Curve

Westbound intermodal:

BNSF 3752, 3753, 4153, 7747

12:40 Sullivan's Curve

12:40 Sullivan's Curve

Eastbound freight meet westbound intermodal.

BNSF 3752, 3753, 4153, 7747

13:09 Verdemont

13:09 Verdemont

It'd been a long time since my pre-dawn breakfast. Too long. Considering two options for lunch (the Mile High Cafe at the Hesperia Airport or a particular establishment in San Bernardino), I decided to allow the flow of traffic determine the destination. Shortly thereafter, DS-14 announced a lull in trains as a westbound intermodal descended the mountain on Main 3. That did it.

Westbound intermodal: BNSF 7284, BNSF 8169

13:10 San Bernardino (Cajon Boulevard)

13:10 San Bernardino (Cajon Boulevard)

Cruising Cajon Boulevard alongside a westbound intermodal:

BNSF 7284, 8169

13:34 San Bernardino (Mt. Vernon Avenue)

13:34 San Bernardino (Mt. Vernon Avenue)

Metrolink No. 327 ready to depart for L.A.

SCAX 641, four bilevels, RBRX 18522

13:34 San Bernardino

13:34 San Bernardino

Eastbound intermodal:

BNSF 6970, 4324, 6830, 5118, 4046

13:36 San Bernardino

13:36 San Bernardino

Westbound intermodal rolling past Metrolink No. 327

West: BNSF 6827, 3874, 4182, 5158, 7030, 5130

Metrolink 327: SCAX 641, four bilevels, RBRX 18522

 

13:37 San Bernardino (Mt. Vernon Avenue)

13:37 San Bernardino (Mt. Vernon Avenue)

Surf's up — on Mt. Vernon Avenue, that is

13:39 San Bernardino

13:39 San Bernardino

An old friend (built as GO 522) departs for L.A. on Metrolink No. 327.

SCAX 641, four bilevels, RBRX 18522

13:46 San Bernardino

13:46 San Bernardino

Irresistible

14:07 San Bernardino (Base Line St. & I-215)

14:07 San Bernardino (Base Line St. & I-215)

Westbound intermodal:

BNSF 7284, 8169

14:15 San Bernardino (Cajon Blvd. & 3rd Ave.)

14:15 San Bernardino (Cajon Blvd. & 3rd Ave.)

Westbound intermodal:

BNSF 8136, 8099

14:32 Keenbrook

14:32 Keenbrook

Westbound freight:

BNSF 7761, 7739, 7711 / DPU: BNSF 7026

14:34 Keenbrook

14:34 Keenbrook

Westbound freight:

BNSF 7761, 7739, 7711 / DPU: BNSF 7026

14:59 west of Cajon station

14:59 west of Cajon station

Westbound UP freight:

UP 5970, 6268, 7004 / DPU: UP 6445

15:01 west of Cajon station

15:01 west of Cajon station

Westbound UP freight meet eastbound BNSF intermodal.

West: UP 5970, 6268, 7004 / DPU: UP 6445

East: BNSF 3833, 7507, 8119, 4562 / DPU: BNSF 6610, 8269

15:01 west of Cajon station

15:01 west of Cajon station

Westbound UP freight meet eastbound BNSF intermodal.

West: UP 5970, 6268, 7004 / DPU: UP 6445

East: BNSF 3833, 7507, 8119, 4562 / DPU: BNSF 6610, 8269

15:01 west of Cajon station

15:01 west of Cajon station

Westbound UP freight meet eastbound BNSF intermodal.

West: UP 5970, 6268, 7004 / DPU: UP 6445

East: BNSF 3833, 7507, 8119, 4562 / DPU: BNSF 6610, 8269

15:03 south of Canyon (MP 472 Mojave Sub)

15:03 south of Canyon (MP 472 Mojave Sub)

Southbound freight (UP 6201 went north four hours earlier as second unit on UP 7438 North)

UP 6201, 6401, 5049

15:07 Sullivan's Curve

15:07 Sullivan's Curve

Eastbound intermodal meet westbound light engines

East: BNSF 3833, 7507, 8119, 4562 / DPU: BNSF 6610, 8269

West: BNSF 4878, 7126, 4012, 3836, 7856, 6809, 6870, 5144, 42xx

15:07 Sullivan's Curve

15:07 Sullivan's Curve

Eastbound intermodal meet westbound light engines

East: BNSF 3833, 7507, 8119, 4562 / DPU: BNSF 6610, 8269

West: BNSF 4878, 7126, 4012, 3836, 7856, 6809, 6870, 5144, 42xx

15:11 Pine Lodge

15:11 Pine Lodge

Eastbound intermodal: BNSF 3833, 7507, 8119, 4562 / DPU: BNSF 6610, 8269

15:11 Pine Lodge

15:11 Pine Lodge

Eastbound intermodal: BNSF 3833, 7507, 8119, 4562 / DPU: BNSF 6610, 8269

15:17 Walker

15:17 Walker

Eastbound intermodal meet westbound intermodal:

East: BNSF 3833, 7507, 8119, 4562 / DPU: BNSF 6610, 8269

West: BNSF 7807, 5016, + +

15:17 Walker

15:17 Walker

Eastbound intermodal meet westbound intermodal:

East: BNSF 3833, 7507, 8119, 4562 / DPU: BNSF 6610, 8269

West: BNSF 7807, 5016, + +

15:17 Walker

15:17 Walker

Eastbound intermodal meet westbound intermodal:

East: BNSF 3833, 7507, 8119, 4562 / DPU: BNSF 6610, 8269

West: BNSF 7807, 5016, + +

15:21 Mormon Rocks

15:21 Mormon Rocks

Framed by the UP Mojave Sub bridge, DPUs on eastbound BNSF intermodal cross the wash at the foot of the Mormon Rocks as a westbound intermodal drops downgrade.

East: BNSF 3833, 7507, 8119, 4562 / DPU: BNSF 6610, 8269

15:30 MP 58

15:30 MP 58

Westbound intermodal meet eastbound intermodal:

West: BNSF 6270, 3998

East: BNSF 3833, 7507, 8119, 4562 / DPU: BNSF 6610, 8269

 

15:32 MP 58

15:32 MP 58

Eastbound intermodal meet westbound intermodal:

East: BNSF 3833, 7507, 8119, 4562 / DPU: BNSF 6610, 8269

West: BNSF 6270, 3998

15:33 MP 58

15:33 MP 58

Eastbound intermodal:

BNSF 3833, 7507, 8119, 4562 / DPU: BNSF 6610, 8269

15:43 MP 58

15:43 MP 58

Dimming of the day

15:52 MP 58

15:52 MP 58

Eastbound ethanol empties:

BNSF 7743, 3755, 7742

15:53 MP 58

15:53 MP 58

Eastbound ethanol empties:

BNSF 7743, 3755, 7742

15:53 MP 58

15:53 MP 58

Westbound intermodal meet eastbound ethanol empties:

West: BNSF 4263, 8177 / DPU: BNSF 4954, 9171

East: BNSF 7743, 3755, 7742

15:53 MP 58

15:53 MP 58

Westbound intermodal meet eastbound ethanol empties:

West: BNSF 4263, 8177 / DPU: BNSF 4954, 9171

East: BNSF 7743, 3755, 7742

15:58 MP 58

15:58 MP 58

Westbound intermodal:

BNSF 4263, 8177 / DPU: BNSF 4954, 9171