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Date: 09/19/23 03:58
When you can't go around them, go through them!
Author: Roadjob

The shot here fascinates me because of the amazing vision the railroad builders of the past had. To look at mountains looming in the distance, and laying out a route to get from one side to the other was visionary to say the least. When one looks at Tehachapi, Cajon, the Horseshoe Curve, Sand Patch, Marias Pass, and dozens of others, a simple unbelivable covers it all. Todays railroad power has leveled the hills somewhat, but, there is no speed records being set on them. This shot of a Santa Fe eastbound with the tunnel burrowed into this rock, stands as testimony to the tenacity it took to build the railroad. This train has come off of the Tehachapi Loop, one of the wonders of the railroad world. For the record, the decendants of the builders, emulated their forebearers by putting a second track around this tunnel!

Bill Rettberg
Bel Air, MD



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 09/19/23 07:46 by Roadjob.




Date: 09/19/23 08:02
Re: When you can't go around them, go through them!
Author: santafe199

I'm officially jealous........ again!
I wish I would have gotten an opportunity to visit out west when the Santa Fe was still Santa Fe... :^(

Lance



Date: 09/19/23 08:41
Re: When you can't go around them, go through them!
Author: texchief1

Excellent shot, Bill!

texchief1



Date: 09/19/23 18:50
Re: When you can't go around them, go through them!
Author: jgilmore

Great scene and use of light and shadows. Good to see you knew what to do with color film too, lol... ;^)

JG



Date: 09/19/23 23:13
Re: When you can't go around them, go through them!
Author: ATSFSuperChief

Yes, when the Santa Fe was still the Santa Fe!

Don Allender



Date: 09/19/23 23:35
Re: When you can't go around them, go through them!
Author: Evan_Werkema

Santa Fe was pretty lucky in the "go around them" department.  There were more tunnels on their SP trackage rights over Tehachapi than on the whole rest of the system. 



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