The Tehachapi Mountains create a natural barrier between California's fertile San Joaquin Valley and the arid Mojave Desert. That barrier was breached 140 years ago by Southern Pacific’s civil engineer William Hood. The result was an engineering marvel that is still impressive today.
Both BNSF and Union Pacific keep these rails polished with increasingly long and heavy trains. The Tehachapis have a reputation as a hard climb with a stiff 2.2% grade on both sides of the summit. Trains negotiate numerous curves, pass through several tunnels and wrap around the crown feature that has attracted railfans from all over the world: the Tehachapi Loop.
Our journey begins in Bakersfield as we travel timetable south through the mountains to Mojave. Stacks, manifests, hot intermodals, and heavy unit grain trains grind up grade to Summit Switch, then drop down into the desert. Night and day, the pass resounds with the steady drum of prime movers, the squeal of wheel flanges, and the whine of heavy dynamics.
Join us on an exciting adventure through Southern California's back country as 7idea Productions presents: Tehachapi...Union Pacific's Mojave Sub.
This program was shot between April, 2011 and March, 2012.
2 hours 25 minutes
WIDESCREEN DVD NTSC No Region Code
1080i Hi-Definition Blu-ray BD-R
May be viewed with or without narration.
UP 7856 north leads a Roseville bound manifest over Tehachapi Creek near the siding of Rowen.
BNSF 4112 south puts on a fantastic display as it rounds the famous Tehachapi Loop with an 8,000 foot stack train.
The conductor of the BNSF 7383 gives an ethanol train the rollby at Bealville, as five mid-train DP's pass in the train's headlights.
A northbound BNSF Z train passes the cement plant at Monolith.
UP 5362 north snakes through numerous curves above Tunnel 2 as it heads down grade to Caliente.
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