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  1. Desert Morning.

    Desert Morning.

    The BNSF 4732 (GE Dash 9-44CW) leads a northbound block of grain loads on March 11 toward a feed mill in the San Joaquin Valley. This day will prove to be sunny after several days of early March blustery weather.
  2. Quick Turn to Monolith

    Quick Turn to Monolith

    The UP 8314(EMD SD70ACe) and another unit are hustling a block of cement hoppers from the yard at Mojave to the cement plant at Monolith, California on March 10. The crew will be pleased today that they can set out these empties, pick up their loads and be on there way back to Mojave in less...
  3. Searchlights at Monolith

    Searchlights at Monolith

    On March 10 this northbound BNSF mixed manifest lead by the BNSF 5479 (GE Dash 9-44CW) split the searchlights at Monolith, California. The once common searchlight signal is slowly being replaced by more modern configurations.
  4. What Kind of Power?

    What Kind of Power?

    The power on this set of UP locomotives at Monolith, California depend on the judgment of the engineer. The wind mills on Pajuela Peak depend on the random action of the wind.
  5. Silent Sentinel of Safety I

    Silent Sentinel of Safety I

    BNSF 4932 (GE Dash 9-44CW) splits the block signals at Monolith, CA on March 7, 2010. In a moment the train will have moved on and the only sound will be traffic on the highway across the meadow.
  6. Big Sky over the Tehachapi Valley

    Big Sky over the Tehachapi Valley

    An southbound BNSF Double Stack leaves Monolith, CA behind on its way to Barstow last March 7. Hopefully the crew is enjoying this fine spring afternoon and anticipating some time off in Barstow.
  7. Eastbound TOFC through Monolith

    Eastbound TOFC through Monolith

    Sunset on Tehachapi Pass with an eastbound Southern Pacific TOFC train lead by Cotton Belt SD45T-2 #9285 at Monolith in 1984.
  8. SP #7399 - World's Fair Daylight @ Monolith

    SP #7399 - World's Fair Daylight @ Monolith

    SP #7399/#7342 east assist the #4449 and the World's Fair Daylight through Monolith in Tehachapi Pass on May 12, 1984.
  9. Helpers


    Two BNSF units are seen pushing a manifest down the eastern slope of Tehachapi Pass near Monolith.
  10. UP 363.8

    UP 363.8

    A UP Train speeds by at Monolith CA.
  11. Monolith June 21 2003

    Monolith June 21 2003

    shot at 7:40pm on June 21 2003 (longest day in the year) with 420 mm (300mm+teleconverter x1.4) and Provia 400ISO. Inspired by a Steve Schmollinger photo posted on his web site 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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