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A Trip to Cajon Pass with Bill and Elizabeth 3/20/2021

by Chris Guenzler

Bill picked Elizabeth and I up at 7:00 AM and we took CA 55 to CA 91 to Interstate 215 to Cajon Blvd, then hit light rain showers so we pulled under the Interstate 210 bridge as a train was coming toward us.

BNSF 7280 West below Ono. Bill drove us the rest of the way to Swarthout Canyon Road and parked at the grade crossing and we waited for our second train of the day.

BNSF 7787 East at Swarthout Canyon Road.

Union Pacific 7605 East with Kansas City Southern SD70ACe 4155.

Union Pacific 8183 East at Swarthout Canyon Road.

BNSF Norfolk Southern C44-9W 9699 West along with Norfolk Southern C44-9W 9345.

BNSF 7607 East with Norfolk Southern ES44DC 7653 with DPUs BNSF 6710 and 9071.

Union Pacific 7635 East on the Palmdale Cutoff.

BNSF 6915 East at Swarthout Canyon Road. We then drove to Hill 582 for more trains.

BNSF 6915 East at Hill 582.

Union Pacific 5618 West with a ballast train.

The birds were very active today at Hill 582.

The clouds were very impressive today as well.

BNSF 5522 East at Hill 582.

BNSF 8357 East with trespassers along the right-of-way.

Union Pacific 7214 West with Metro Ports KLWX NRE 3GS21B-DE 0805. This was our last train at Hill 582. We next drove east to MP 49.

BNSF 6785 West at MP 49.

BNSF 4568 East at MP 49.

Mount San Gorgonio. We then drove to West Colton and stopped at The Habit to get lunch to go which we took to the Pepper Street bridge at the West Colton Union Pacific Yard and ate our lunch.

Union Pacific Bench Local returning to West Colton with Union Pacific 1442 ex Western Pacific GP40-2 3533 and Union Pacific Yard 699 ex Missouri Pacific GP15N 1699. We left West Colton and followed the Union Pacific line via Pomona before we headed home back to Santa Ana.