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Pointless Arrow 156 leads the Pacific Railroad Society Diamond Jubilee special across Caliente Creek in the Tehachapis. The 75th Anniversary train is on the northbound leg of a Los Angeles-Bakersfield-Los Angeles round trip over the weekend of April 2-3.
Over 50 years ago, when I was a young buff in Oregon, helpers were manned by an engineer and fireman. Last March 8 UP 8249 (GMD SD9043AC), pushing a UP mixed manifest toward Bakersfield, California, is controlled by a box.
So coming down from Tehachapi Loop on December 17, 2009 through Bealville and Caliente it's a bright sunny morning then a couple miles west and BANG -- Central Valley fog. The BNSF Bakerfield Sub Dispatcher is talking the Amtrak San Joaquins through the fog saying things like, "I will have...
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