Cajon Pass & Tehachapi Loop

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These two Southern California railroading landmarks draw railfans from around the world seeking to experience the engineering ingenuity, spectacular scenery, and a steady parade of trains.

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These two Southern California railroading landmarks draw railfans from around the world seeking to experience the engineering ingenuity, spectacular scenery, and a steady parade of trains. Never was that more true than in 1986 when this program was originally filmed. At that time most trains still had cabooses, Southern Pacific oil cans (the “Tank Train”) still ran over Tehachapi, and many Santa Fe and Southern Pacific locomotives sported the short-lived red and yellow “Kodachrome” merger paint scheme. You could still see pure sets of blue and yellow Santa Fe power, including EMD SD45s, F45s, and FP45s and GE U36Cs and C30-7s.

Southern Pacific also ran pure sets of its locomotives, including SD45s and “tunnel motors”, and Amtrak ran the Southwest Chief and the Desert Wind over Cajon with F40PH locomotives. The Santa Fe dispatcher’s office was still located in the San Bernardino depot, and the Mojave depot was still in use.

These are the sights of the past but you can experience them and more in this incredible show. Ride a Union Pacific helper pushing a 12,000-ton coal train over Cajon. Visit the Santa Fe dispatcher’s office in the San Bernardino depot and the hump yard and locomotive servicing facilities in Barstow. Thrill to cab rides on Cajon and Tehachapi. It’s all here for you to savor again!

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5 reviews for Cajon Pass & Tehachapi Loop

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nick

    This is the program that got me started railfanning. It is still by far my favorite program ever. Lots of action at the loop and over Cajon. Many many angles are shot.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    andyweise

    I love videos that incorporate behind the scenes footage, and this is one of those. You see an extensive view of the dispatching center and watch as trains move across the board. There are cab rides on several trains as well as excellent ground level shots.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    John S.

    We have a large collection of railroad DVDs and this one is one of my favorites! They did such a good job of covering these areas that it takes me back in time to when I watched trains in those areas as a child. Great footage of a set of helpers shoving a coal train from Victorville to Cajon and much, much more!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dylan Jones

    Stellar is one word I will give this video. Lot’s of “Classic” railroading scenes that will never be repeated. Tunnel Motor’s, Geeps, Old School GE’s and lots of Cabeese. Lot’s of on the ground footage and in cab footage from all of the best places on both Cajon Pass and the Tehachapi Loop. A must have if you enjoy seeing railroads working hard to move the freight that keeps America and the world moving.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kraig

    Great video showing what it was like before mega mergers and safety cabs

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