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vide much information on the topic of contemporary rail operations, includ- ing the occasional trips to San Diego made by AT&SF Northern 3751. These younger members have enthusiastical- ly embraced the concept of operating sessions and regularly conduct them using Union Pacific type track war- rants and the CTC machine. Many of the old timers participate in them also, having contemporary equipment that fits right in. So, what remains to be done? Here is a partial list. There is still some bench- work for Tehachapi, Summit Switch, Monolith, Cameron crossover and War- ren, and, at this writing, the track be- tween Tunnel 10 and Mojave has yet to be laid. The engine facility for the AT&SF Bakersfield Yard, the sidings and spurs at Edison, and a connection to the Oil City Branch are to come. There is also the electrical power and control wiring for new track, as well as AT&SF’s Bakersfield Yard, and the sig- naling west of Bena and east of Cliff. Then there is scenery, oh so much scenery, and several blocks of buildings and building fronts facing the SP tracks in Bakersfield, plus some major industries at that end of the railroad. The real story of railroad operations over Tehachapi is one of moving train after train, not on-line industries, al- though some industries did require a


PAUL VOSS PHOTO


The Santa Fe’s operating philosophy (and today’s BNSF) favored shorter and faster trains with plenty of horsepower to meet the schedules, while the SP piled it on to haul longer, slower drags. This eastbound piggyback train along Caliente Creek (above) is typical of 1965-1975. The light can be dramatic along the rails over Tehachapi, as at Allard, below. In a way, these SD40T-2’s are rightful successors to the SP’s cab forwards to meet the conditions in tunnels.


local freight to serve them. When will the list be completed?


Well, as with any volunteer effort, it will be done when it gets done. Howev-


er, the chief engineer would like to see all the track in operation within three years. Scenery? That will be much, much longer.


DON SPIRO


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