Old 01-20-2007, 05:15 AM   #1
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The job's sending me out Tehachapi-way, and this time I'll have my camera and I should have at least one day to kill trackside while I'm there (maybe more, who knows?). Anything I need to know before I go? Any can't-miss spots? Thanks for your help!
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Old 01-20-2007, 07:15 AM   #2
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..if you're going this week, take gloves, warm clothes, last weekend was freezing cold out here.....

take a good map and start at Caliente, Bealville, proceed up to the Keene bridge area, continue up by the Tank, and look for your best vantage points. Honor the private property signs. U-PAC rail workers asked me to leave while parked near Tunnel 3 last friday, though it wasn't marked no trespassing -

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...67283030&hl=en

check this out..

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Old 01-20-2007, 07:40 AM   #3
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..if you're going this week, take gloves, warm clothes, last weekend was freezing cold out here.....
I think I'll take my chances with 'California' cold compared to 'North Dakota' cold any day!! Ha!!

I was a little worried about being run off by the cops/RR employees, especially because I'm not familiar with the area. I'll definitely stick to public roads and unmarked areas.

What are some good scanner freqs in that area? Does CA have a weird scanner rule that you need a license in order to have one in your car similar to MN?
Thanks for the info!
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I recomend checking out SoCalRailFan.com because they are a website dedicated to railroads in the Southern California area which includes Tehachapi. I was able to find a link on their website all about Tehachapi which includes maps, Radio Frequencies, photo hot spots, and a timetable. The link shows all of the Mojave Sub, however the Tehachapi Line is only between Bakersfield and Mojave. http://www.socalrailfan.com/subdivis...ojave_sub.html
Have fun on your trip!
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yes...that is a good link to use. ...when I meant cold, it was 8 degrees F - for CA, THAT is super cold!......plus I film from atop a ladder in my pickup bed for added heighth - so any wind, or train vortex wind, adds to the chill factor.....but have a great trip...besure to drive by the Monolith, and drive down to Mojave,CA - plenty of slow freight action there, too.

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Thanks for the info and links, fellas. I'll be basing out of Lancaster, so Mojave's on the way. Thanks again!
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..if you're going this week, take gloves, warm clothes, last weekend was freezing cold out here.....

take a good map and start at Caliente, Bealville, proceed up to the Keene bridge area, continue up by the Tank, and look for your best vantage points. Honor the private property signs. U-PAC rail workers asked me to leave while parked near Tunnel 3 last friday, though it wasn't marked no trespassing -

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...67283030&hl=en

check this out..

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UP is getting anal about protecting their private property. Apparently there was a memo passed around to really REALLY crack down on trespassers and call ALL of them in, even if you're being responsible and staying back from the tracks. I think I need to start hitting up the BNSF a little more. Never thought the day would come when they'd be more accomodating than UP. Nobody beats CSX though. "Go anywhere you want, just keep off the tracks!"
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...I even have the BNSF Rail Security card, I registered with them, showed him that....they didn't really know what to think of it....I just told him-' Allright, move your truck, and I'll park out by the road,,,,,,",...If I had been thinking, I would have left the video running to record everything he said, then post it on video.google

ha haaaaaaaaaaa

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Nobody beats CSX though. "Go anywhere you want, just keep off the tracks!"
This is one of the reason why I love shortlines such as the BR&W. If you get to know the guys, they start treating you with a "go anywhere you want, just get off the tracks before we get there" manner. You can't beat that!

Now getting back on topic...I've never been there so I'm no help. Sorry!
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This is one of the reason why I love shortlines such as the BR&W. If you get to know the guys, they start treating you with a "go anywhere you want, just get off the tracks before we get there" manner. You can't beat that!
Thats why shortlines are awesome. And their drums beat to a different rhythm than Class I's, so the railfanning them becomes more interesting and intimate.

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From what I hear track work is killing most of the day action right now. But check out my site anyways.
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I was a little worried about being run off by the cops/RR employees, especially because I'm not familiar with the area. I'll definitely stick to public roads and unmarked areas.
You shouldn't need to sweat that. Just flash 'em your military ID and they'll usually leave you alone.
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Old 01-27-2007, 03:53 AM   #14
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80 to 100 trains per day? Pfffffffffffffffffffff. I saw 4 trains (all southbound) in 5 hours I was in the area. It was so boring that I actually left early to go eat some In-N-Out! It was a huge letdown to be quite honest, but maybe next time there won't be maintenance going on...
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Sorry to hear about the lack of traffic in the pass. Did you get any good shots anyway?
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Sorry to hear about the lack of traffic in the pass. Did you get any good shots anyway?
Thanks for all the help, fellas. The results can be found here:
http://www.railpictures.net/forums/s...ead.php?t=4831
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