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Date: 09/09/21 20:50
End of the day at Monolith CA
Author: AlcoRSD15

Following my post on Monday 9/6, of photos taken at the end of the day at Sandcut CA on August 27, on the next day (8/28) we had the incredible luck of again getting a train during the last 10 minutes of sunlight!  Just east of Monolith CA we got this westbound BNSF mixed freight.  According to the radio, he had cut off helpers at Cameron before proceeding west towards Tehachapi.  This was the first indication of manned helpers on Tehachapi that I have heard about for many years.  Maybe someone can enlighten us with more information about this.  – Eric Blasko
 








Date: 09/09/21 20:50
Re: End of the day at Monolith CA
Author: AlcoRSD15

One more photo. - E.B.




Date: 09/09/21 21:28
Re: End of the day at Monolith CA
Author: PHall

The smartest guys in the room finally "discovered" that running manned helpers just where they're needed, i.e. between Sanborn on the BNSF and Cameron, is cheaper and more efficient then running DPU's all the way between Barstow and Bakersfield. 



Date: 09/09/21 21:33
Re: End of the day at Monolith CA
Author: CimaScrambler

Love 'em!  You caught the trains just glowing.

Kit Courter
Torrance, CA
LunarLight Photography



Date: 09/09/21 21:47
Re: End of the day at Monolith CA
Author: jgilmore

CimaScrambler Wrote:
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> Love 'em!  You caught the trains just glowing.

Exactly, that lighting is terrific, thanks for posting...

JG



Date: 09/10/21 06:47
Re: End of the day at Monolith CA
Author: texchief1

Excellent shots!

RC Lundgren
Elgin, TX



Date: 09/10/21 08:26
Re: End of the day at Monolith CA
Author: rdb3

Maybe someday they'll lament removing the helper pocket at Sandcut a few years ago.  It was always fun watching them cut in the helpers there.



Date: 09/10/21 10:19
Re: End of the day at Monolith CA
Author: cajon

BNSF helpers on at Sanborn and off Cameron on the fly. Most times they will do 3 help right in a roll for one crew.
So far all BNSF south/east are still using dpu. Some train are 4 x 3 x 2 and cut out the dpu’s off at Edwards on to the headend into Barstow.
Dennis

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Date: 09/10/21 17:28
Re: End of the day at Monolith CA
Author: DKay

Beautiful light.Is the helper pocket still in at Bena.
Regards,DK



Date: 09/10/21 18:46
Re: End of the day at Monolith CA
Author: PHall

rdb3 Wrote:
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> Maybe someday they'll lament removing the helper
> pocket at Sandcut a few years ago.  It was always
> fun watching them cut in the helpers there.

Sandcut is on the wrong side of the pass for BNSF's manned helpers. The trains that are getting the helpers tend to be grain trains headed to the Central Valley.
They need help going up the east side of the pass but once they get to Summit they don't need all that power and they don't need much power going back east as they're empty.



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