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Another Trip To Cajon Pass 11/13/2021

by Chris Guenzler

It had been several months since the last visit to Cajon Pass. Bill Compton and I arranged for an outing on November 13th and early that morning, he arrived at our apartment complex and Elizabeth and I boarded his truck and we left. We took CA Highway 55 to CA Highway 91 to La Cadena Drive and made our way to Union Pacific's West Colton Yard and parked the car.

GATX 2GS14B 7000, a low emisson diesel locomotive which is ex. Southern Ontario Railway SW1200RS 1367 and originally Canadian National 1367.

In the departure yard was BNSF 6871 East waiting for its trip to Barstow. We then drove to Cajon Pass, parking at Swarthout Road and did not have to wait for a train.

Union Pacific 8234 East at Swarthout Road. We then left and went to Summit.

Union Pacific 8234 at Summit. From here we went to the hill at CP Silverwood.

There is a parking area here with a plaque to honor the former Santa Fe engineer Jack Guinn, with 50 years of service born September 21, 1919 to January 26, 2009 Father-Husband-Friend We Love You Man.

The Milepost 56.8 sign.

BNSF 5319 East at CP Silverwood. Next our West Colton train appeared below us.

BNSF 6871 East at CP Silverwood.

Canadian Pacific AC44CW 9777.

Canadian National C44-9W 2697.

BNSF 6871 East with DPUs 7696 and 6944 at CP Silverwood.

BNSF 6625 West wth DPUs 4620 and 8119 at CP Silverwood.

BNSF 3772 East at CP Silverwood.

BNSF 3923 West with DPUs BNSF 5853, 4862, 8104 and 8008.

BNSF 6804 West at CP Silverwood.

BNSF 6210 East at CP Silverwood.

BNSF C44-9W 5461 in Phase One paint.

BNSF 6210 East with DPUs 7910 and 5755. From here we drove over to Hill 582 for a few more trains and were most surprised to see Norm Orfall, who was here with his friend Nick, as well as a railfan father and his son.

Union Pacific 7794 West with DPUs 8570 and 7206 on the Palmdale Cutoff.

BNSF 3785 East at Hill 582.

Canadian National ES44AC 2910.

BNSF 3785 East.

Our last train was BNSF 8253 East. Bill drove us down to The Habit where we bought him lunch and we had our linner. He then returned us to our apartment and I watched the Pittsburgh Penguins lose to the Ottawa Senators then wrote this story. It had been a great rail adventure to Cajon Pass with my dear friend Bill Compton.