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Date: 02/13/20 07:16
Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: pedrop

=15.6px     Hi, I opened this thread to share my pics taken at Hill 582 in Cajon Pass in July 2013. Cajon was chosen a starting point to my trip around Los Angeles. I travelled with wife and son and we met four other railfans that came from different locations in US: Bo Lennard from Santa Clara CA, Greg Elems from Reno NV and the couple William & Sharon from Sandpoint ID. That was the second time I met these friends in US during railfaning trips. My thanks to them for the great time we had in Cajon area. 
=15.6px     This thread also has the intention to be a guide for those who never went to Cajon and would like see new views of the location and also get some hints from me and other who can comment here. I imagine something had changed in Cajon Pass since that time, specially the new alignment of CA-138 that I used to visit Hill 582 and Summit. 
=15.6px     I also would like to thanks Mr Werner Meer and Don E. Toles for the great website https://www.trainmaster.ch/cajon.htm=15.6px that I used as a guide to plan my trip. The maps were essential to find the access to Sullivans Curve and Hill 582. A link of this thread will be added to Mr Meer page.

1 -  Our group at Cajon Junction. From left to right: William, Greg, Bo and Me. In front, Sharon, Lucas and wife Lourdes

2 - From the Cajon Junction rest area we can see all tracks that run through Cajon Pass. It is a good spot for those that are running by the I-15 and do not have many time to explore all location in Cajon Pass. While fueling the car, resting or eating in one of the fast food restaurants, One can see the trains running on the four four tracks in front.


3 - Taking CA-138 on way to Hill 582.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



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Date: 02/13/20 07:28
Re: Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: pedrop

4 - This old "gate" was the hint to find the access to HIll 582. I imagine it is gone after the new alignment of CA-138.

5 - After take the dirt road, we cross BNSF Main #3 in a crossing level. All attention is necessary to cross the tracks.

6 - Just after we cross the tracks, we perceived a BNSF empty stack coming from behind us. 


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



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Date: 02/13/20 07:31
Re: Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: pedrop

7 - 9 ) The stack train pass by us descending Cajon Pass to San Bernardino area.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



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Date: 02/13/20 07:36
Re: Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: pedrop

10 - From the dirt road I got the first sight of Hill 582

11 - A bit more of dirt road...

12 - The steep access to the top of Hill 582. On raining / snow days it could be a trouble for those not using vehicles 4x4 


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



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Date: 02/13/20 07:38
Re: Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: pedrop

13 - 15) The monuments at Hill 582.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways








Date: 02/13/20 07:44
Re: Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: pedrop

16 - 18) When we arrived, we had the nice surprise to meet Don E. Toles in person. He is the "gardener" that takes care of Hill 582.  He is an inspiration for us of what we can do to turn our dreams in reallity. Thanks Mr Toles for your great job on Hill 582. It was a honor to meet you.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



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Date: 02/13/20 07:53
Re: Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: pedrop

19 - The group of railfans. From Left to right, Bo, Mr Toles, William, Greg and Me. BTW, the women and the boy preffered to stay in the Mall in Victorville. 

20 - Some plates. What does the G, W and X mean?

21 - The famous fragment of Tunnel 1.


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



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Date: 02/13/20 07:57
Re: Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: pedrop

22 - Another monument.

23 - Nice location to seat and wait for the trains.

24 - I see it is not always a quiet place .


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



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Date: 02/13/20 08:03
Re: Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: pedrop

25 - 27) Bird lovers can visit Cajon too. There are beautiful species around.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



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Date: 02/13/20 08:14
Re: Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: pedrop

28) Resting in the shadow,  watching birds and waiting for the trains.

29) Walking a bit to explore the views I can use to photograph the trains.

30) I perceived we had an old crossing level down there on Main #3.


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



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Date: 02/13/20 08:20
Re: Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: pedrop

31 -  Wild flowers around the Hill. Its colors can be a trouble to us to perceive the snakes. So, never walk through them. Prefer to use clean paths.

32 - 33)  A freight going downhill seen from the bottom and behind Hill 582. It is not a common view explored by railfans


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



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Date: 02/13/20 08:21
Re: Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: pedrop

34 - 35) The freight always give us beautifull freight cars.

36 - The DPUs.


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways








Date: 02/13/20 08:24
Re: Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: pedrop

37 -  Another stack going downhill.

38 - Beautifull trailers.

39 -  UP going uphill


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



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Date: 02/13/20 08:26
Re: Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: ntharalson

Good stuff, Pedro, thanks for posting.  Don is a great guy.  He turned 91 last month and claims Hill 582 keeps him young.  I believe it.  

Nick Tharalson,
Marion, IA



Date: 02/13/20 08:27
Re: Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: pedrop

40 - UP Meeting BNSF.

41 - 42)  Two BNSF stacks meeting on Main #1 and #2


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



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Date: 02/13/20 08:31
Re: Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: pedrop

43) Five units leading the stack downhill.

44)
 Nice trailer.

45) UP freight going uphill on Main #2 .

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



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Date: 02/13/20 08:33
Re: Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: pedrop

46) Blue tank.

47) GT autorack. I imagine it is a bit old.

48) The nice TTX high cub box car.


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



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Date: 02/13/20 08:43
Re: Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: pedrop

49 - 50) What a nice DPU!

51- BNSF stack going uphill on Main #3. I think is coming from the location of old tunnel 1.


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



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Date: 02/13/20 08:46
Re: Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: pedrop

52 - Train uphill on Main #2 (left)  and downhill on Main #3 (right).

53 - 54) The same stack going downhill on Main #3.


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



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Date: 02/13/20 09:41
Re: Pedro in Cajon Pass - Part 1: Hill 582
Author: pedrop

55 - An UP autorack going downhill.

56 - SP autorack.

57 - NS autorack.


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



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