Santa Fe’s Mojave Mainline

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In 1992, Santa Fe was sending train after train across California's Mojave Desert, making the Needles Subdivision one of the busiest lines in the nation.

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In 1992, Santa Fe was sending train after train across California’s Mojave Desert, making the Needles Subdivision one of the busiest lines in the nation. Running between Needles and Barstow, this rugged stretch was an essential link in the railroad’s cross-country mainline. It also traversed some of the most barren desert scenery where stark vistas framed by eroded mountains created dramatic settings for high-powered trains. Severe weather conditions put men and equipment to the test on the Mojave main.

Pentrex takes you back to 1992 to witness the struggle as Santa Fe sends its trains over this remote desert crossing. From Needles, we head west passing Java, Homer, Goffs, Essex, Cadiz, Amboy, Bagdad, Siberia, Ash Hill, Ludlow, and Daggett to reach Barstow. The long grades of the area’s hills force the engines to work hard. Overlooking Ash Hill, we stop at a vantage point to watch heavy loads straining over the grade.

The variety of motive power spotted along our journey is fascinating and includes SD45-2s, SDF40-2, SD45s, GP60, GP40X, SD40-2s, FP45s, GP60Ms, GE B40-8s and B40-8Ws. As the newer locomotives flash past our camera on the flatlands, red and silver Warbonnet paint appears to leave brilliant streaks of color in the air. Pure sets of power in classic yellow-and-blue paint stand out handsomely against the rough countryside. Our tour includes video graphics to help identify the different photo locations throughout this presentation. It’s a view of Santa Fe railroading at its finest!

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5 reviews for Santa Fe’s Mojave Mainline

  1. JJ

    Santa Fe’s Mojave Main Line is a real neat video. Lots of Warbonnet painted diesel locomotives. Lots of very interesting scenery from the desert. A must have if you are a Santa Fe fan.

  2. Dylan Jones

    This film is stellar! Lot’s of classic Warbonnet and Blue Bonnet Baint schemes. Also a lot of Classic EMD and GE units, well classic to today’s standards! Greta film for any railfan and anyone who enjoys great Santa Fe Action!

  3. NorthAmericanSteelVeins

    Having visited this territory, I can say I was not disappointed, Pentrex did an awesome job documenting and explaining the operations on the ATSF on this important link on the Transcon. As someone who has loved the Warbonnet and Yellowbonnet paint schemes, there is no shortage of either in this DVD. It is amazing to see just how much locomotive variety there was back then compared to how the same line is today under BNSF. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys early 199s railroading and/or the ATSF in general.

  4. Roburt

    Thought it to be fascinating……like to find more Santa fe dvds before the merger. Will be buying more from this website as money comes available. And they were very prompt on mailing my package.

  5. transitionalman

    LOVE IT!!!! LOVE IT!!!! LOVE IT!!!!

    An AWESOME capture of the ATSF at an AWESOME time in history! The Needles Sub is a great piece of railroad to visit and Pentrex visited at a great time in the history of the ATSF! If you buy this video I strong recommend picking up the following additional titles by Pentrex because they truly are a collection:

    Santa Fe Into L.A. DVD
    Santa Fe’s Arizona Mainline DVD
    Santa Fe’s New Mexico Mainline Combo DVD
    Cajon II Combo DVD
    Cajon Pass – Tehachapi Loop DVD

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