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Friday, December 31, 2010

Up the Tehachapi Grade 2010 part THREE

At the last crossing, I said I got robbed of seeing a train there. Well, I did.

Hinkley Rd., Barstow,CA
A train is approaching!

Due to there being cars behind us, I took this pic. inside the car.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Emerald Pass Redo(Continued)

More pics from the post below due to me reaching the posting limit.

The end of the train comes through.
Guess how many cars were waiting for the train to finish..

Dang It! A traffic Jam!!!

Emerald Pass redo.

Due to my old Emerald Pass route not having cars on the roads, I am making a Bigger, Better redo! This route will model both Cajon Pass and Tehachapi pass. I will put as much real as I can.I will model: Victorville, Maybe Dagget, Area between Barstow and Boron, Boron, Monolith, and Maybe the area between Caliente(Where the loop is) and Bakersfield. The rest of it will be fictional, but close to prototype.

Here are some pics. of where I am right now:

Not going to do the landscaping until I get the act together.
BNSF Mixed freight comes through in the boring Cajon Deserts

Where the tracks do a mini-split before they actually split. Can you see another crossing gate in the distance? That is the other track! Yes, the ATLS(Advanced Traffic Light System) traffic signals are synchronized!
A "No right turn" signal that lights up whenever a train comes through.

There will be a continued version due to me reaching my picture limit.

Up the Tehachapi grade 2010 part TWO

So comes the second crossing I saw coming up the Tehachapi Pass.

Mountain View Ave., Barstow

The case that proves the street is Mountain View.

Ha! The background of the Western Cullen Hayes light is missing!
I got robbed of seeing a train here. See why at the next post/crossing. Hinkley Rd.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Up the Tehachapi Grade 2010 Part One

This is the beginning of a series that may take a year. The beginning of this event is for the beginning of a great New Year. This series will feature all of  the crossings I saw while driving up the Tehachapi Pass, including the crossings at the Tehachapi Loop! Trains, or no trains, I will post all crossings that I took a picture of right here!Also, at the end of every post, I will post a preview summary of the next post/crossing I saw. It will include: Whether or not there is something unique about the crossing, whether or not I saw a train, the street name, the city, and when I should post it. Question? Post a comment!

Lenwood Ave., Barstow

This chrome "box" is called a relay case.

These types of overhead signals are called cantelievers. 

Next post: Preview
Something unique about the crossing: Yes
Saw a Train?: No
Street: Mountain View Ave.
City: Barstow
Should post on: Thursday, Alt. Friday

Sunday, December 19, 2010


I am taking Christmas off. See you on December 26th!

Sunday, December 12, 2010


I will give the polls a rest until 2011. Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

One More Day to vote!

One more day to vote!

BNSF #507(Continued)

Due to a glitch on my last 507 post, this is continued from my last BNSF #507 post. Happy Thanksgiving!

Bernard Blvd. Bernard

Coast Pl., Lane

Stadium Rd., Downtown Lane

Saturday, November 20, 2010

BNSF #507

Two videos will come in a seperate post.

Today was a slow day here in the northern subdivision here on Kingston Island. One hour after I arrived, I saw a train leaving the port.

Rural Water Road, Seaside

 Valhalla Hwy., Seaside
 Franklin Rd., Kendrick

Midtown Ave., Adelaide

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Correct Answer

Due to there being a comment asking what the answer was, the answer was: c) Mississippi river route

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Quiz closed.

Shame on the people who guessed the wrong answer!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Just to be aware, I will not be able to upload pictures for a while due to temporary maintenance on Blogger. Maintenance starts Tomorrow at 5:00. Since I can't post pics tomorrow, I will post some right now

An Intermodal comes through ocean Hwy.

Monday, October 11, 2010

1000TH POST!!!!!!!!)))

HEE HEE HEE... HOO HOO HOO HAA HAA HAA! We reached the 1000TH Post! Can the 1000th viewer please leave a comment here?! As the celebration, I will post a hysterical picture(s) and story(ies) on here.

( sorry about the shaky effects, my camera delayed.    >=[    

Okay. Boyd's Crater Road. A CSX autorack comes through

 The story behind the crater( and the bridge!) First of all, yes, the bridge is a mile long. The crater was formed about a year ago. A massive lightning storm came through and formed the crater. A mile-long gap in the tracks was born. This busy track was closed for about 3 months(really, I had not thought about the bridge until after three months!) Then I built the bridge, and everything is now good. Before the storn wiped out most of the forest, this road was Boyd's Forest Road.