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Old 12-11-2011, 02:17 PM   #1
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Sullivan's curve in Cajon Pass

Thought I'd try and get to Sullivan's curve to catch some train action on the BNSF and Union Pacific. Wasn't too bad getting there except for the section beside the track that was ballast, think gravel on steroids. You go west on 138 from the 15 and turn onto Lone Pine Canyon Rd and take the first dirt road on the left and then follow the tracks out about 3 miles. Neat place to get some good pics.












A fun little ride that is about a 50 mile round trip from my house, and the Tiger handled it quite well especially with the old phart in the saddle

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Old 12-11-2011, 06:49 PM   #2
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Enjoyed the ride report. Being a railroad/train buff and former Southern Pacific employee, this sounds like a nice ride. Do you know if the other dirt roads next to the tracks are open to ride? On Google maps I see a road called Santa Fe, it looks like maybe on the inside of where you went that I would also like to try. Thanks for any info.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:20 PM   #3
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Enjoyed the ride report. Being a railroad/train buff and former Southern Pacific employee, this sounds like a nice ride. Do you know if the other dirt roads next to the tracks are open to ride? On Google maps I see a road called Santa Fe, it looks like maybe on the inside of where you went that I would also like to try. Thanks for any info.
Did you get any time in the locomotive?? I aways thought that would be a fun way to see the country.
As far as I could tell the Santa Fe trail is open. I plan on going that way after the weather gets a little better.

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Old 12-11-2011, 09:33 PM   #4
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You got a couple of cool train pics -- nice job!
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:32 PM   #5
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If you haven't been yet, check out hill 582. Great spot for train watching and photography.

http://www.trainmaster.ch/XC-02.htm
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Did you get any time in the locomotive?? I aways thought that would be a fun way to see the country.
As far as I could tell the Santa Fe trail is open. I plan on going that way after the weather gets a little better.

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I rode in the locomotive a few times and a couple times all the way to Yuma from the Los Angeles Shops. It is a great way to see all the bad areas.
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:42 AM   #7
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I've ridden along those tracks for a long time. It's a bit of a 'butt pucker' when you are paralleling along with those massive machines, the 'rumble' is incredible.

Your shots are great! We are gunna need more of 'em. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for the nice replys

"I rode in the locomotive a few times and a couple times all the way to Yuma from the Los Angeles Shops. It is a great way to see all the bad areas. "
LOL, my wife and I took the Metro Link and the Metro to the Long Beach IMS and yep you sure do see the better parts of town
"If you haven't been yet, check out hill 582. Great spot for train watching and photography. "
That is a great place for train pics, I haven't been there in a few years but plan on going back soon.

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If you haven't been yet, check out hill 582. Great spot for train watching and photography.

http://www.trainmaster.ch/XC-02.htm
Thank you. That is now on the to do list.
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:39 AM   #10
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Great pics!

Got a few pics out in Glamis earlier this year when I went camping with some coworkers.

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Great pics!

Got a few pics out in Glamis earlier this year when I went camping with some coworkers.
Great pic and a really good example of ballast and why you should avoid it.

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Old 12-17-2011, 03:56 AM   #12
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Good ol So-Cal. I used to go up to Victorville, and Lancaster to visit customers when we lived in So-Cal. I always saw that train going up the pass and on the way to Lancaster cutting through hlafway up the pass! I used to see people riding all over in that area, Phelan all the way to Lancaster in the desert.

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Old 12-20-2011, 04:30 PM   #13
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Made it back up to Sullivans curve on the inside today, I think I followed some of the Santa Fe trail but mostly I stuck to the road beside the tracks as some of the trail seemed to end up in some sandy areas and being an old phart and by myself I took the path with the least obstacles
You can ride all the way through to Cajon Station if you don't mind a little creek crossing but I didn't feel like getting wet
Also keep a good look out for the RR patrol as they WILL tell you to leave the area.
The overpass in the back ground is the 138.

My attemt at something


The overlook for great pics is to the left.

And a little video with my helmet cam back to hwy 138

http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UU...&v=41D_mN1OD8M

Fun place to get some great pics of trains and if this old phart can ride there any one can

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Old 12-20-2011, 04:40 PM   #14
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What helmet cam are you using. Great video and sound quality with minimal blur..
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:08 PM   #15
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Its a Drift Hd170 and I shot at 720P 60 fps. I have the remote mic and just stuff it down inside the front of my coat.

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