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excellent image that captures two of my passions, hiking and trains. I have railfanned from the top of Mt. San Jacinto, about 10,800ft, but it was not nearly as beautiful and dramatic as your location. I really like your submission.... sweet.
The desert brush provides fall colors as UP 5403 (DPU) follows a heavy manifest train down Cajon Pass on the Palmdale Cutoff just below CP Silverwood.
This train is bound for West Colton, California.
Image captured on Oct 18th 2008, which was a beautiful autumn day.
just discovered via further google searching that SP 7484 is now painted in KCS colors, road number 6103.
DRGW 5391 is now in service for Wheeling & Lake Erie as WE 5391, still in Rio Grande paint.
These two High Iron warriors never made it into UP liveries, both were retired by Union Pacific a few months after this photo was taken. SP 7484 (SD45R in Espee terms) was removed from the UP roster on February 7, 2001. DRGW 5391 (SD40T-2, slated to become UP 8584) fell on December 28, 2000...
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