A selection of shots taken between 27 and 31 October 2000, my first visit to Tehachapi in over a year. Lots of nice spots and more BNSF helpers on downhill trains, but fewer interesting consists and a real mix of weather and light (the Saturday evening was the end of daylight saving time). Another disturbing trend is way too many UP yellow and BNSF orange and yellow locos By the way, BNSF: the 70's are over!
Pics taken on Fujichrome 100, Ectachrome 200, and a few at the end on Fuji 100 print film. For the first time ever, I used a tripod for almost all shots on the first few days. Highly recommended! All pics copyright Darryl K Bond, but you can use them for non-commercial purposes as long as you give me all the credit and and let me know.
|The same train exits tunnel 10. As luck would have it, by the time this train has waited at Walong for two downhill trains, a cloud had appeared in the otherwise clear sky... The second to last loco is a CSX GE.|
|Five 3000 hp locos (that's 20 NZ DGs...!) have paused to drop a fresh load of coal off at the Monolith cement works and are seen here propelling a rake of cars into the sidings.|
|This is one of the locos, ex SP SD40T-2 8570. Mmmm. Talk about overdoing the weathering.|
|While returning to their train, the 9 loco train from a few shots back cruises past.|
|Finally attached to the rest of their train, which had been left on one of the mainlines, the locos begin to move off. Two BNSF trains have been waiting behind it for almost half an hour.|
|Back in Clear Creek Ravine, a BNSF Dash-9 winds its way down between tunnels 5 and 3. This shot was taken above the remains of Tunnel 4, which was bypassed after a big earthquake in the sixties.|
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