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  • BNSF Barstow Yard Tower
    by Locomotive450 on October 26, 2011 at 7:14 PM
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    Watch in High Definition! Here's my favorite video from our Tehachapi and Cajon Trip. After we left Tehachapi, we drove to Barstow. We visited the historic train station and the route 66 museum. Then, we headed over to the BNSF Hump Yard. Barstow Yard is massive. A yard (now called B Yard I believe) was the original yard at Barstow and is located just across from the Train Station (now seved by Amtrak's Southwest Chief). In the 1970s, the ATSF Railway decided to put a major hub in Barstow due to all the traffic that passes through the area. So, they started building a brand new facility west of B Yard. The facility includes an arrival yard, a hump yard, a secondary hump facility, a massive locomotive storage and servicing facility, a departure yard, and an intermodal inspection yard. Each of these yards is at least as large as B Yard. The whole complex is almost 5 miles long and a quarter mile wide in some ares. Overseeing the whole facility are the yardmasters. In order to be able to visually see the entire yard (minus B yard which is around a slight curve), a tower was built right next to the Hump yard lead. This central location allows the yardmasters to see the entire yard from a brid's eye view. This tower is supplemented by smaller yard towers placed around the yard. When we arrived, we talked to a BNSF employee for a few minutes (who turned out to be a yardmaster), who then offered to let us take a look inside the tower. Once in the tower, we were treated to an incredible view of the yard and the operations that allows the yard to send out and receive up to 125 trains a day. Among the things we saw were 3 ex. LAJ CF7s (2563, 2619 and 2571) parked on the deadline locomotive tracks. These anchient old locomotives were heading to be scrapped. Also on the deadline tracks were countless ex. ATSF locomotives. We also saw an 8000 foot manifest come off the Hump bypass track, go right past us, and head into the receiving yard. The R Yard is only 6000 feet long, so the train had to pull in, use the DPU on the rear to bunch up the cars, then pull the remaining cars off the head end and put them on a separate track. BNSF C44-9Ws 4648, 1080 and 5446 are on the head end. BNSF ES44DC 7788 serves as DPU. Enjoy the sound of 3 7FDL-16 engines working! This video includes videos and pictures that I took from inside the tower, on the open walkway that surrounds the tower, and on the ground looking up at the tower. This video shows an incredibly rare opportunity and I didn't want to bother the employees by filming to much, so I'm sorry that I didn't film more. Note: Please keep mind that this was all done by permission. Never trespass on or otherwise enter railroad property without permission. It can be dangerous and you can be arrested or fined.

  • BNSF 5095 leading the DAYGO Meets Coaste...
    by Locomotive450 on April 19, 2011 at 5:51 PM
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    BNSF C44-9W 5095 meets Coaster 665 with F40PHM-2C 2101 at Old Town Transit Center in San Diego, California.

  • Railfanning Cajon Pass on 12-28-10 Part ...
    by Locomotive450 on January 22, 2011 at 4:08 PM
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    Watch in High Definition! I decided to take advantage to a mid-week opportunity to go to Cajon Pass over my winter break hoping to catch weekday freights. I was rewarded with a great day; filming 14 freights over a 5 and 1/2 hour period. We started out by quickly stopping at Cajon Station to catch a freight that we saw while we were driving up the 15 freeway. We then raced up to Hill 582, the popular railfanning hotspot just missing a chance to see the first freight a second time. Once we arrived and set up, we were treated to near constant traffic and never went more than 45 minutes without seeing a train. I also got to see a BNSF C44-9W leading!


    Trains:


    Train 1: Westbound (Southbound) BNSF M-BARSDG1-28 DAYGO Manifest desends track 2. Led by BNSF ES44DC 7769. Trailing is BNSF SD39-2 1887 and BNSF ES44DCs 7777, 7713, and 7717. BNSF ES44DCs 7749 and 7767 serve as DPU.


    Train 2: The Eastbound BNSF Empty Ethanol Trail ascends track 1. Led by BNSF ES44DC 7729. Trailing are BNSF ES44DCs 7764 and 7756.


    Train 3: A Westbound BNSF Intermodal Train descends track 2. Led by BNSF ES44DC 7582. Trailing is BNSF ES44DC 7869, BNSF ES44C4 6637 and BNSF ES44DC 7878.


    Train 4: An Eastbound UP Empty Coal Train ascends track 1 and stops at summit. Led by UP SD70M 4568 with a burnt out ditch light. Trailing is UP SD70M 4561 and UP ES44AC 7880.


    Train 5: A Westbound BNSF Intermodal Train runs around the UP train and descends Track 3. Led by BNSF ES44DC 7424. Trailing is BNSF C44-9W 5112 and BNSF ES44DC 7340.


    This is part 3 of 3.


    If you're going to Cajon Pass, be sure to visit hill 582!


    Enjoy!

  • Railfanning Cajon Pass on 12-28-10 Part ...
    by Locomotive450 on January 22, 2011 at 4:05 PM
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    Watch in High Definition! I decided to take advantage to a mid-week opportunity to go to Cajon Pass over my winter break hoping to catch weekday freights. I was rewarded with a great day; filming 14 freights over a 5 and 1/2 hour period. We started out by quickly stopping at Cajon Station to catch a freight that we saw while we were driving up the 15 freeway. We then raced up to Hill 582, the popular railfanning hotspot just missing a chance to see the first freight a second time. Once we arrived and set up, we were treated to near constant traffic and never went more than 45 minutes without seeing a train. I also got to see a BNSF C44-9W leading!


     

    Trains:


     

    Train 1: An Eastbound BNSF Intermodal Train Ascends Track 1. Led by BNSF ES44DC 7460. Trailing is BNSF C44-9W 4072, BNSF ES44DC 7434, BNSF C44-9W 5051, and BNSF ES44DC 7614.


     

    Train 2: A Westbound UP Manifest descends the UP Palmdale Cutoff with 3 boeing airplane parts cars. Led by UP ES44AC 5449. Trailing is UP SD90MAC 8209 and UP ES44AC 5493. UP ES44ACs 5442, 5373 and 5417 serve as DPU.


     

    Train 3: A Westbound BNSF Stack Train descends Track 2. Lead by BNSF ES44DC 7423. Trailing is BNSF ES44DC 7377. BNSF C44-9W 5010 and BNSF ES44DC 7451 serve as DPU.


     

    Train 4: The Westbound BNSF Loaded Ethanol Train descends Track 2 with a nice crew. Lead by BNSF C44-9W 4094! Trailing is BNSF ES44DC 7603, BNSF ES44C4 6622, and BNSF C44-9W 5149. BNSF ES44DC and 7595 and fire damaged BNSF C44-9W 4065 serve as DPU.


     

    Train 5: An Eastbound BNSF Intermodal Train ascends track 1 and meets the ethanol train. Led by BNSF ES44DC 7272. Trailing are BNSF C44-9Ws 4047, 5253, and 4178.


     

    This is Part 2 of 3.


     

    Watch for Part 3.


     

    Enjoy!


  • Railfanning Cajon Pass on 12-28-10 Part ...
    by Locomotive450 on January 22, 2011 at 4:02 PM
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    Watch in High Definition! I decided to take advantage to a mid-week opportunity to go to Cajon Pass over my winter break hoping to catch weekday freights. I was rewarded with a great day; filming 14 freights over a 5 and 1/2 hour period. We started out by quickly stopping at Cajon Station to catch a freight that we saw while we were driving up the 15 freeway. We then raced up to Hill 582, the popular railfanning hotspot just missing a chance to see the first freight a second time. Once we arrived and set up, we were treated to near constant traffic and never went more than 45 minutes without seeing a train. I also got to see a BNSF C44-9W leading!


     

    Trains:


     

    Train 1: An Eastbound BNSF Stack Train crosses over to track 3 at Cajon Station. Led by BNSF ES44DC 7217. Trailing are BNSF C44-9Ws 4083, 4176, and 5502.


     

    Train 2: A Westbound Union Pacific Rock Train comes off the BNSF Track onto the UP Palmdale Cutoff. Led by UP SD70M 4493. Trailing are UP SD60M 2463, UP SD40-2 3484, UP SD70M 4866, and UP SD90MAC 8072.


     

    Train 3: An Eastbound BNSF Intermodal Train comes up track 3. Led by BNSF ES44DC 7561. Trailing is BNSF C44-9W 4193 and BNSF ES44DCs 7600 and 7503.


     

    Train 4: A Westbound UP Tank Train comes off the BNSF Tracks and onto the UP Palmdale Cutoff. Led by Union Pacific AC4400CW 7223. Trailing is UP AC4400CW 7121, Patched ex. Southern Pacific AC4400CW 6208 and UP AC4400CW 7142. UP AC4400CW 5675 serves as DPU.


     

    This is Part 1 of 3.


     

    Stay tuned for part 2.


     

    Enjoy!

  • BNSF 5099 Leads The Autoracks
    by Locomotive450 on April 24, 2010 at 6:46 PM
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    The BNSF Northbound Autoracks and a Surfliner pass through Old Town, San Diego.

  • *Rare* BNSF Daygo with 11 GEVOs Meets Do...
    by Locomotive450 on November 24, 2009 at 7:05 AM
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    I heard over my scanner that the BNSF M-SDGBAR1-11 DAYGO Manifest was getting ready to depart San Diego. I headed down to Old Town and got there ...

  • BNSF 4459 Leads the DAYGO
    by Locomotive450 on September 24, 2009 at 2:51 PM
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    BNSF C44-9W #4459 leads the northbound BNSF M-SDGBAR1-02 DAYGO Manifest through Old Town, San Diego.

  • Railfanning San Bernadino Part 4
    by Locomotive450 on September 24, 2009 at 2:46 PM
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    Part 4 of Railfanning at San Bernadino Station. Lots of BNSF Traffic!

  • Railfanning San Bernadino Part 3
    by Locomotive450 on September 24, 2009 at 2:45 PM
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    Part 3 of Railfanning at San Bernadino Station. Lots of BNSF Traffic!

  • Railfanning San Bernadino Part 2
    by Locomotive450 on September 24, 2009 at 2:44 PM
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    Part 2 of Railfanning at San Bernadino Station. Lots of BNSF Traffic!

  • Railfanning San Bernadino Part 1
    by Locomotive450 on September 24, 2009 at 2:43 PM
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    Part 1 of Railfanning at San Bernadino Station.  Lots of BNSF Traffic!


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