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Date: 09/09/21 17:41
Donkey Business (SoCal)
Author: cchan006

On Monday (Labor Day), I was having a mini EMD bonanza, with an eastbound SD70AH-T4-led all EMD stack train, BNSF light engine within West Colton Yard with a SD70MAC leader, and West Colton Yard job with 3x Snoot SD40-2s elephant style.

Instead, it's about donkeys because that's what I ran into in Redlands when I chased the SD70AH-T4 (UP 3023). Seems while NorCal relies on goats for "weed abatement", SoCal might be relying on donkeys. 

- Power for the West Colton to Barstow manifest with SD70MAC.

- Donkeys and mid-train DPU (also EMD, SD70ACe).

- Video of SD70AH-T4 leader, SD40-2s elephant style, and donkey style.

That's it for the quick report.

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Date: 09/09/21 18:02
Re: Donkey Business (SoCal)
Author: FiveChime

Nice Charles. I'd love to see three or four of those together like that on Donner!

Regards, Jim Evans

Date: 09/09/21 18:43
Re: Donkey Business (SoCal)
Author: ts1457

Those donkeys seem unphased by all of that, unlike cows and horses.

Date: 09/09/21 19:55
Re: Donkey Business (SoCal)
Author: PHall

Just don't "harass" them, they're protected. There's another big bunch of them up in Reche Canyon between Loma Linda and Moreno Valley.

Date: 09/09/21 20:24
Re: Donkey Business (SoCal)
Author: oyw

Good stuff Charles! I was a few miles north of you that morning.

Date: 09/09/21 20:52
Re: Donkey Business (SoCal)
Author: AlcoRSD15

We spotted BNSF 8838 on a westbound stacker at Bealville CA (on Tehachapi) on August 28.  (fourth unit, see photo)  - Eric B.

Date: 09/09/21 21:57
Re: Donkey Business (SoCal)
Author: wabash2800

Thanks for sharing. Yeah, they definately aren't railfans, as they didn't even turn around and look at the train... :(


Date: 09/09/21 21:59
Re: Donkey Business (SoCal)
Author: PasadenaSub

Neat pictures of the Donkeys, Charles.  I saw them too on Monday, but passed by as I was following a westbound out of the canyon to get a pic by the palm trees of his DP set (from my post the other day about the utility poles on flatcars).


Date: 09/10/21 08:13
Re: Donkey Business (SoCal)
Author: RailRat

Donkeys In Ritchie Canyon, along road with same name, no trains though.

Darned if I knew the donkeys are also in San Timeteo canyon too!

Jim Baker
Riverside, CA

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