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GaryHinshaw

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Ode to Tehachapi
« on: April 21, 2010, 01:36:29 AM »
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I had a business trip to southern California last week and I had a chance to sneak in a day of railfanning at Tehachapi.  It's no secret I'm obsessed with this little plot of land, so I created this Ode to honor it.  Nothing special photographically, but the Tehachapi foamers among you might enjoy it.  ::)

Saw several trains driving over from Mojave on Thursday morning (4/15), but I'll start the Ode with a long BNSF manifest traversing the Loop.  First the obligatory angle: (note the end of the train still crossing the creek below)



The lead units entering Tunnel 10:



The mid-train helpers emerging from Tunnel 10:



A few more trains, then an afternoon lull -- time for some sightseeing....

The mountains start here, just outside Bakersfield: (note that the grass on the south-facing slopes is already turning brown at these lower elevations)



Up close:



Higher in elevation, some interesting lines:



Still higher in elevation, trees and wildflowers (just beyond Tunnel 2):



Back to trains.  A UP stack train exits Tunnel 3 and emerges into the late day sun:



I chase it down to Caliente and get this shot of the stacker on the far side of the horseshoe curve (the head of the train is behind me):



In the background, up on Cliff siding about 800' above Caliente, a BNSF manifest is coming down the hill; it will be where the stacker is in about 15 minutes.  Meanwhile a BNSF stack train is meeting this UP stacker at the siding in Caliente.  Muy Caliente!  Some more action into the evening, but the photography is getting poor.  Back up at the Loop, I meet a father-son duo who are setting up camp for the night.  They offer me dinner.  I accept.  Thank you Brothers.

Friday morning - overcast.  Start off early with a UP rack train heading into the Loop: (the curve really is that sharp and steep)



It's all green through Tunnel 9: (you'd never guess there was a raging inferno in this tunnel less than 2 months ago)



This one is for Warren Buffet:



A stack of racks:



The earthworm emerges from the fog below Tunnel 2:



It moans and groans around the Caliente horseshoe: (this is my favorite train to watch on the hill)



Another interlude:



But not for long:



Later in the morning I head back up towards summit.  They're working on track 1 near the Cable crossover, so the southbound UP manifest has to come up track 2:



It takes the crossover for a meet with a northbound waiting just around the curve: (nice to see some lumber loads returning to these trains)



The meet ensues, the noise is thunderous:



Farewell thy Golden State:



It was fun while it lasted.

:D

[The thing that surprised me most about this trip was the number of UP trains: 13 of the 23 I saw were UP, way more than the usual 1:3 UP:BNSF ratio.]
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Re: Ode to Tehachapi
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2010, 06:44:34 AM »
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I had a business trip to southern California last week and I had a chance to sneak in a day of railfanning at Tehachapi.  It's no secret I'm obsessed with this little plot of land, so I created this Ode to honor it.  Nothing special photographically, but the Tehachapi foamers among you might enjoy it.  ::)

I know this one did. You've got some vantage points I haven't been to yet, so you can definately be my tour guide there.... one day ;-)
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Re: Ode to Tehachapi
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2010, 09:00:06 AM »
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James, if you make it to the states, I will definitely make time for a trip to the Pass with you.  It would be a blast!

-gfh

P.S. I hope you like Mexican food.

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Re: Ode to Tehachapi
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2010, 11:38:24 AM »
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Awesome pix, Gary!   Thanks for posting!

Interesting to see Tunnel 9 relatively unscathed by that fire.  Dis you get any more pix of that?

BTW, didn't the UP recently remove/replace a number of those little outbuildings that used to be at the Walong stub siding?

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Re: Ode to Tehachapi
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2010, 11:39:33 AM »
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James, if you make it to the states, I will definitely make time for a trip to the Pass with you.  It would be a blast!

All us 'Tehachapi foamers' here should arrange for a trip one of these days.....  8) 8) 8)

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Re: Ode to Tehachapi
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2010, 12:58:03 PM »
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Ed, this is the only other photo I kept of the Tunnel 9 area: (not very good)



You can see some soot on the left side of the portal face, but little else.  (I didn't get onto Ranch property to look any closer.)  The stub siding is just to the left of this frame.  I don't recall seeing any out buildings recently and I've been there ~half a dozen times in the last 3-4 years.

A group trip would be great!  We just need James to make it across the big ocean.  8)

-gfh
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Re: Ode to Tehachapi
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2010, 08:23:58 PM »
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who owns the picnic table?

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Re: Ode to Tehachapi
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2010, 08:37:45 PM »
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A group trip would be great!  We just need James to make it across the big ocean.  8)

Hopefully Summer/Spring 2011 for a couple of months.

Unless my arm gets twisted sooner.
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Re: Ode to Tehachapi
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2010, 10:25:51 PM »
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who owns the picnic table?

City of Tehachapi: Meadowood Park.  Needless to say, that's where I ate my morning bagel.  This is my kind of town. 

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Re: Ode to Tehachapi
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2010, 11:04:55 PM »
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Hopefully Summer/Spring 2011 for a couple of months.

Unless my arm gets twisted sooner.



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Re: Ode to Tehachapi
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2010, 11:11:24 PM »
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who owns the picnic table?

City of Tehachapi: Meadowood Park.  Needless to say, that's where I ate my morning bagel.  This is my kind of town. 


Cool, another accessible spot I didn't know existed...  ;D
I've always been kinda paranoid about getting off public roads etc when I'm there.
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Re: Ode to Tehachapi
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2010, 02:30:15 PM »
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Say Gary, did you note if there is still a "For Sale" sign on the land by the Tunnel 10 hill?   This would be on Woodford-Tehachapi Road, just uphill from the historic markers.  I saw that when I was at the Loop in '07 and I had heard that someone was planning to build some kind of cafe the overlooking the Loop.   (Of course, with the current economy, it's no surprise that any such project would not get started.)

Ed

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Re: Ode to Tehachapi
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2010, 07:39:18 PM »
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Ed, no For Sale sign in sight.  A few years ago (after '07?) they freshly dozed the road above the Loop in possible preparation for it, but nothing has come of it.  It still looks like this.  The little turnaround Loop is where I had dinner with the campers.

By the way, the house over the ridge that looks over the south side of T10 (to the right in the photo) is for sale.  Owned by the estate of a deceased railfan.  Buy it now!

-gfh

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Re: Ode to Tehachapi
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2010, 09:16:08 PM »
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By the way, the house over the ridge that looks over the south side of T10 (to the right in the photo) is for sale.  Owned by the estate of a deceased railfan.  Buy it now!

Is this it?

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/26848-Woodford-Tehachapi_Tehachapi_CA_93561_1117219931

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Re: Ode to Tehachapi
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2010, 11:27:05 PM »
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Yessir, that's the one.  I remember hearing that the person living there was Mr. Burton.  Here's a good example of what you'll see from your new back porch:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=198233&nseq=37

The house is visible in the right side of this shot.  Enjoy!

;)