Posts Tagged ‘Tehachapi’

Super Train Sunday in Tehachapi

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Here is a compilation of trains we saw on Super Train Sunday. I think I have spent nearly the last 10 years foaming instead of watching “The Game”…anyway, the video is kind of long, but it was a great sunny day, with temps reaching 80 degrees in Tehachapi for a while.

Trains in Bealville and the Tehachapi Loop HD

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Watch in High Definition! After seeing the train at Tunnel 2, we continued on to Bealville. Tunnel 3 is just past Bealville and we stopped on the other end of Tunnel 3, at the site of collapsed Tunnel 4 to see the first train. Tunnel 4 collapsed during a 1952 earthquake. While the rest of the tunnels on the line were repaired, Tunnel 4 had to be abandoned due to the extensive damage. In fact, the east tunnel lining was actually exposed due to the enourmous amount of dirt that slid off the mountain. The exposed end of the tunnel was sealed off and the Tunnel is frequently referred to as the sarcophagus. After seeing the train at Tunnel 4, we backtracked past Tunnel 3 to an overlook in Bealville. For those who have seen the Tehachapi Layout at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, you might know that there used to be a town and railroad buildings at Bealville. Nothing remains of Bealville now except for a large dirt clearing next to the tracks. After seeing a train at Bealville, we raced up to the Tehachapi Loop to see the same train. Trains: Train 1: A Westbound (Northbound) BNSF Q-Train passes Tunnel 4 lead by ES44DC 7689. Trailing is BNSF (ex. ATSF) Warbonnet C44-9W 698. Train 2: An Eastbound (Southbound) Union Pacific Q-Train passes through Bealville led by ES44AC 5440. Trailing is SD70M 4370 and ES44AC 5447. ES44AC 5442 serves as DPU. After the train passes, the head end is seen exiting the nearly mile long tunnel 5 with a plume of smoke. The tunnel is so long that the
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Tehachapi Layout January Modern Operating Session HD

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Watch in High Definition! On January 7 and 8, 2012, the La Mesa Model Railroad Club had a 2 Day modern operating session at their Tehachapi Layout in the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. The modern operating sessions are when the club tries to most accurately repplicate a real railroad in a day’s operations. The Modern operating sessions take advantage of the amazing technology that the club owns; the real CTC dispatching machine that was used on the actual Bakersfield to Mojave line and the associated signals and switches. All are wired together to behave like the real thing. The machine detects trains in the blocks, and the machine controls the signals and switches. This setup is supplemented by the trains’ advanced DCC system and having detection installed in every car. In mainline areas of the layout that don’t have CTC, real track warrants are filled out and followed. All other areas are considered yard or restricted limits. All trains and engineers follow real world railroad rules. The trains stay in contact with the yardmasters and dispatcher through radios. The dispatcher and yardmasters communicate using the line’s original telephone and intercom system. Participants will be assigned to any number of jobs including yardmaster, switch engineer, local engineer, road engineer, hostler, dispatcher, chief dispatcher, and road foreman. This video includes footage from both days of the session and has videos from around the layout. Included are Switiching operations in
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Tehachapi Layout 3 Way Meet HD

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Watch in High Definition! During the fun run at the La Mesa Model Railroad Club’s HO Gauge Tehachapi Layout at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, we had a 3 way meet at the Tehachapi Loop. I positioned the camera just outside of tunnel 10 facing the loop. Trains: Train 1: The westbound Union Pacific refrigerator train emerges from tunnel 10 and begins descending the main track into the loop, stopping at the end of double track. The train is overlength and and the end hangs out of the siding. Led by Union Pacific Mopac Heritage Unit SD70ACe 1982. Trailing are Union Pacific (ex. GE demonstator) ES44AC 7605, ES44AC 5477 and SD70ACes 8419 and 8402. Train 2: The eastbound BNSF intermodal train pulls into the siding and clears to allow the Union Pacific to continue down the hill. Led by Santa Fe SD75M 227. Trailing are BNSF SD75I 8297 and SD75M 8270. Train 3: My train, a westbound BNSF intermodal train, follows the Union Pacific. It pulls up to the east Walong signal after the Union Pacific gets into the loop, waits for the UP to clear the loop, then proceeds on an approach signal, allowing the other BNSF to proceed. Led by BNSF C44-9W 4929. Trailing are BNSF SD40 6304, and C44-9Ws 684 and 4435. Visit for more awesome railfanning stuff! Enjoy!
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Tehachapi Pass – HO Scale – Part 1

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

This is an HO scale layout at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. The layout models Tehachapi Pass. See Part 2 for the loop. Filmed on 7/31/2010 at; 1649 El Prado Suite 4 San Diego, CA 92101
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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