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  1. Blades


    Northbound Union Pacific windmill train stopped at Ansel on UP's Mojave Sub. Oct. 16, 2012
  2. Headed for Home

    Headed for Home

    The engineer on the BNSF 5258 (GE Dash 9-44CW) with seven units and a mixed manifest just north of Mojave, California is probably thinking about getting through town and on to BNSF rails at South Mojave. After his left turn onto BNSF rails its less than 70 miles to home.
  3. Building America

    Building America

    A General Electric ES44AC idles in the Mojave, CA yard on March 7, 2010 waiting for a call on the turn over to the cement plant a Monolith, CA. The conductor may be wondering how long the work will last with the collapse of construction in California and Nevada.
  4. Time Passing

    Time Passing

    An old abandoned building stands by as BNSF 7539 passes by on it westward trek across the Mojave Desert.
  5. Southern Pacfic Depot at Bakersfield

    Southern Pacfic Depot at Bakersfield

    The depot may be in a bad part of Bakersfield and (even worse) owned by UP, but this town is SP (and AT&SF)!
  6. North switch, Mojave yard

    North switch, Mojave yard

    I could have taken this from the Oak Creek overpass, but I didn't know it had little holes in the fence for photo opportunities.
  7. Planes and Trains

    Planes and Trains

    SP power sits in front of mothballed airplanes at Mojave.
  8. SP 266 East

    SP 266 East

    Before the UP merger, SP moved a considerable amount of coal over Donner Pass, through the San Joaquin Valley and over Tehachapi Pass. One such train is led here by GE AC4400CW 266 near Mojave, CA in Sept.1995. from a 6x7 Fujichrome transparency.
  9. wind, sand and the Swift train

    wind, sand and the Swift train

    Two warbonnets pull a late Swift trailer train at Frost in Victorville, California. This image was captured in November 2001. Sand and wind can kick up to look like a fog bank as seen here.
  10. victorville local at frost

    victorville local at frost

    The local out of Victorville heads towards Hesperia at the flyover at Frost, California. This photo also shows the nearby Mojave Narrows Regional Park that features camping, fishing, and horseback riding besides the ever popular hobby of watching trains.
  11. meet at frost

    meet at frost

    Meets at Frost can happen at any time due to the high volume of trains on the Cajon Sub. Victorville, CA on the BNSF's Cajon Sub. Union Pacific has rights over the these tracks between Riverside and Daggett.
  12. rails thru the mojave

    rails thru the mojave

    Out in the middle of no where, there is a siding. It is called Field. I am near Field, looking towards Dunn. There is basically nothing at either siding. It is a great place to collect rocks, tho... I just may drive to Field and Dunn tomorrow...
  13. SP 7115

    SP 7115

    Late in the day on Jan. 12, 1994 SP GP 40 7115 (A MK Rebuild) leads a pig train downgrade near Mojave, CA
  14. Desert Crossing

    Desert Crossing

    This is probably my most favorite non-traditional rail photograph. Captured in Helendale, California on the BNSF line between Victorville and Barstow. There is so much to photograph after the power passes, take advantage of every opportunity. This was a UP manifest train heading east... is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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