May 27-29 2004

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Near Goff on old Route 66, a BNSF train awaits a parade of eastbounds
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One of which is seen near Essex
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Near Ash Hill
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The old Santa Fe lives on
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Friday morning starts out cloudy as a BNSF manifest heads towards Monolith with an SD60M and 4 SD40-2s in charge
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Taken from the Broome Rd exit, a stack train scoots ahead 
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The BNSF job approaches Woodford
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And heads into Tunnel 5
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Taken from the same spot, it threads its way down the Clear Creek beside the former tunnel 4
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A 16mm wiiiide shot of a BNSF uphill passing tunnel 4's remains, looping around the curve at the head of Clear Creek, threading Tunnel 5 and entering Cliff siding. The rear of the train is leaving Bealville via tunnel 3.
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Taken from the same spot, but looking back towards Bealville, a BNSF pig train awaits a UP manifest coming down the grade
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The UP manifest makes it down to the Caliente narrows where the uphill traffic is stacked up
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Second up is a snotbonnet powered stacker
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Grubby empties
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A downbound exits the west portal of tunnel 2 at the same spot
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Last of the empties with a faded pumpkin
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Another downhill is lead into the east portal of the shorty tunnel 2 by a clean set of pumpkins, a MRL ex SD45 and a BN SD40-2
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Traffic jam at Sandcut
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Sandcut in late sun
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Sandcut again at the end of the day
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An early morning BNSF manifest powers away through Bena with a GP60M at the rear
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As the clouds start to thin, another uphill manifest coasts down into Bena, the only notable let-up in the long climb between Bakersfield and Tehachapi's Summit Switch 
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At the head of Clear Creek, a freshly repainted Dash 8 winds its way between tunnels 3 and 5. Compare this shot to the wide shot, taken just out of frame in the far right distance
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The manifest seen at Sandcut some hours ago finally makes it to Marcel where it...
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...passes a clean set of warbonnets leading another manifest... 
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...which are seen again, passing a set of oranges at Woodford
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Assisted by the local knowledge of Mr MP349, an exploration east reveals a CLEAN loco from UP, wheeling down past what I assume is the former tunnel 13
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A UP train heads out of tunnel 14 shortly afterwards
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A dash 9, GP60B and ex SD45 head uphill (proof)

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