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Date: 01/14/20 22:31
3751 Caliente to Cliff
Author: SP4360

3751 climbing out of Caliente towards Cliff. After steam cleaning tunnel 5, those 2 diesels really needed a bath. Camera lens fogged up at the beginning, but cleared up.

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Date: 01/15/20 04:15
Re: 3751 Caliente to Cliff
Author: UP951West

Enjoyable. Thanks for sharing. --Kelly



Date: 01/15/20 07:41
Re: 3751 Caliente to Cliff
Author: ntharalson

There are those who would quibble over the exposure etc of the start of this video, but my take is; something is better than nothing! 
Thanks for posting.  And yes, those FP45's could have used a bath after clearing Tunnel #5, and maybe before,  and they probably
got one in Barstow!  

Nick Tharalson,
Marion, IA



Date: 01/15/20 08:03
Re: 3751 Caliente to Cliff
Author: Frisco1522

I can't believe that the engineer, having two diesels behind him would choose to blast 50 years of "diesel snot" off of the tunnel roof.  In my opinion, there was no reason for that.   That stuff is horrible to clean off equipment, so why cause it if you don't need to?



Date: 01/15/20 08:53
Re: 3751 Caliente to Cliff
Author: Dreamer

This event is well documented. Before pointing fingers about how awful this event was I suggest you read the coverage at the time. I do believe there was steam over that area after the end of steam. For those who hate diesel helpers this does show the mess a steam locomotive can make of a well coated tunnel.

Dreamer

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Date: 01/15/20 11:13
Re: 3751 Caliente to Cliff
Author: Earlk

Those guys had serious guts or were bat-sh*t crazy to blast through those tunnels wide open like that.  I admittedly could get into the "we're lifting this train up the hill by ourselves....." attitude though. Note when 3751 comes out the first tunnel she breaks into a wild slip.

This reminds me of the first time we took SP 1744 through the tunnels up the 3% east side of La Veta pass on the SLRG.  We had a full tonnage train and no diesel assist.  All we could do was close the windows and doors, turn on the sand to avoid a slip, suck in a big gulp of air, put your head down and wait for it to be over.... Not only did we do a great job of steam cleaning 50 years of diesel gunk off the roof we knocked a couple of fist-sized rocks out of the ceiling that landed on the cab roof with big BANG. 

Man, was that great!



Date: 01/15/20 11:30
Re: 3751 Caliente to Cliff
Author: HotWater

Frisco1522 Wrote:
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> I can't believe that the engineer, having two
> diesels behind him would choose to blast 50 years
> of "diesel snot" off of the tunnel roof.  In my
> opinion, there was no reason for that.   That
> stuff is horrible to clean off equipment, so why
> cause it if you don't need to?

Well, you all can thank Vince Cepola for that stellar performance! Also, note how long it took for him to recover the wheel slip upon exiting the tunnel. The idiot tried to reach for the sander valve, but luckily one of the 3751 crew members in the cab, slapped hes hand away, and he eventually/finally got the throttle closed. Had he actually applied sand while she was slipping that violently, it would have caused serious damage to 3751, i.e. slipping a tire or maybe even stripping the side rods off. The AT&SF managers were REALLY pissed at him for that mess.



Date: 01/15/20 19:12
Re: 3751 Caliente to Cliff
Author: SP4360

There is a lubricator outside the tunnel, and I wonder if the guy running away was just heading for his vehicle or had a handful of stcik and grease. Either way, things were done incorrectly.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/15/20 23:37 by SP4360.



Date: 01/18/20 06:37
Re: 3751 Caliente to Cliff
Author: atsf121

What an awesome video! In the pre-internet dark ages I had no idea that 3751 was coming to Bakersfield while we were there visiting my grandpa. Couldn’t believe it when I saw an article in one of the railman mags a few months later. That was quite the event, and your video sure captures it nicely.

Nathan

Posted from iPhone



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