Old 01-28-2007, 09:59 PM   #1
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This past week, my job had me travel to sunny (and warm, despite their forecasters warning of water pipes freezing under the 'extreme' cold temperatures of 27F!) southern California for a week. I made this same trip last January, but didn't take any photos as my camera and lens were with Canon getting calibrated. This year though was a different story. I just needed at least one day off to make the 45-50 minute drive to the Tehachapi Loop.

But, before I even got on the ground in CA, the job had me turning left alot in the sky with The Loop at the southern end of my 'office:'
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The next day was a day off, so I called up Enterprise, got a rental car, and headed for the mountains. I saw a couple of southbounds on the drive north from Lancaster, and two northbounds at Keene when I got off Hwy 58, so my hopes for the day were maxxed; I was expecting a ton of traffic. Turns out, it was a slow day at The Loop, but it was fun nonetheless.

As I explored the area, I wanted my first shot to be at Tunnel 10, on the south side of The Loop. It wasn't too long of a wait before the first southbound appeared, a JB Hunt doublestack:
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Pretty quick start to the day, but the next train wouldn't show up until a hour and forty minutes later, a southbound manifest with all boxcars. This one I wanted to actually get on The Loop, so with all that time, I did quite a bit of hiking around the hills to get a decent, unobstructed shot:
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Old 01-28-2007, 10:07 PM   #2
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Not hearing anything on the scanner, I drove around looking for a new spot. Unfortunately, with all the private property in the area and the threat of UPRR police, I was pretty conservative, so I didn't really venture close in to The Loop. On the drive though, there was a Historical Marker overlooking The Loop that I snagged a shot of:

After another hour of waiting and not hearing anything, I was really starting to get hungry. I was just about to leave when I heard the DS say to some MoW folks that she had two southbounds coming and then nothing for quite some time. I figured I'd wait for those two and call it a day. So back to Tunnel 10 I went. First up was a manifest (sorry, the system's telling me I have too many thumbnails posted, so I'll just provide a link):
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Thirteen minutes later, a TOFC train popped out of the tunnel:
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And that was that for my trip to The Loop. Pretty slow, but good at the same time. Lot's of time to walk around, but best of all: No UP!!!! Woooooo!!!!

Thanks for reading/looking...
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Old 01-28-2007, 10:20 PM   #3
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Great shots, awesome composition / quality...top notch work!
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Old 01-29-2007, 12:26 AM   #4
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Very Very nice Chris. Thanks for sharing those with us.
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Old 01-29-2007, 01:11 AM   #5
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Great pictures and report Chris. I appreciate the fact that you also took a shot of the historical marker for us all to see as well.
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Old 01-29-2007, 02:57 AM   #6
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but best of all: No UP!!!! Woooooo!!!!
Ha Ha Ha. Despite UP owning the railroad, BNSF uses the pass far more than UP. Nice shots Chris!
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