BNSF locomotives ES44C4 6798, C44-9W 5188 and ES44DC 7446 begin the descent down from Hesperia and the High Desert region of southern California over Cajon Summit into Cajon Pass. The terrain quickly changes from flat dry sagebrush covered desert to rock covered mountains and pines beyond this point. A close look at the track ahead reveals a sharp turn to the right followed by a gradual downward grade and turn back to the left. The elevation is near 4000 feet at this point by the time this train reaches the bottom of Cajon it will have lost 3000 feet in elevation. Furthermore by the time this train reaches it's destination at the harbor area of Long Beach it will be at sea level.
Yes, it's true that you can surf in the morning and ski in the afternoon in southern California!
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