With nothing but time here are a pair of desert views from our photo location.
Desert view looking south.
Desert view looking north. We spotted Santa Fe 3751 coming westbound towards our photo location but here came a BNSF eastbound stack train. Would it clear in time for our pictures?
BNSF 7467 East at Ludlow.
Santa Fe 3751 came through Ludlow. From here we headed west in chase of the Santa Fe 3751.
Pacing the Santa Fe 3751 between Hector and Newberry Spring.
The Santa Fe 3751 meets a BNSF eastbound train at track speed. The Santa Fe 3751 got an order to flag the Mountain View Road grade crossing in Newberry Springs. We set up just west of that location.
Santa Fe 3751 at Newberry Springs
Santa fe 3751 at Yucca Road at Barstow. From here due to the lateness of the Santa Fe 3751, Randy Jackson got off in Barstow and we would take him to Fullerton to catch Pacific Surfliner 591 to LAUPT and then the Flyaway Shuttle for his 10:50 PM flight to Boston then into Rutland for a rare mileage trip there. We had time for one more good light picture so we took old Highway 66 south to Holcomb Ranch Road went under the BNSF mainline to Lards Road and went up the hill to our last photo location of the day.
BNSF 7809 East just west of Hodge.
Santa Fe 3751 just west of Hodge. That ended the chase so we headed to Fullerton, getting Randy there at 8:20 PM and we got him a ticket out of the Metrolink Ticket Machine and he made Surfliner 591. The next morning I got a call from him saying he was in Boston and thanked Bill and I for helping get there. Bill drove me home and a very tired Chris called it a night. It had been a great chase of the Santa Fe 3751 west across the Mojave Desert.
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