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Date: 06/22/22 13:17
Interesting Sign at the Bena, CA Helper Spur
Author: MartyBernard

At the SP Helper Spur at Bena, CA north of the Tehachapis, October 1990, Karl Miller photo.  For a photo of a full helper set at Bena see https://flic.kr/p/JDZH23



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/22/22 13:18 by MartyBernard.






Date: 06/22/22 15:20
Re: Interesting Sign at the Bena, CA Helper Spur
Author: cewherry

The sign reminds all concerned there is a switch-point lock at the base of the rail that must also be unlocked
and properly positioned before attempting to hand-line the main-track switch. A total of 4 locks to be unlocked and
re-locked each time the spur is accessed to or from the main: the derail, electric switch lock, switch point lock and
hand throw switch---not necessarily in that order. 
 



Date: 06/25/22 18:07
Re: Interesting Sign at the Bena, CA Helper Spur
Author: coach

SP had the unusual habit of staging helper locomotives way out there just past Sandcut.  Drags would leave Bakersfield, slog their way up and thru Sandcut, the have to stop, cut, add helpers, re-hook, test, then depart.  Seemd to eat up ALOT of track trime the times I watched it.  And what a boring, boring place to wait for trains if your the crew on that engine.   And sometimes very hot, too.



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