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SP Railroad train symbol WCHOY at Cabazon, CA

SP Railroad train symbol WCHOY at Cabazon, CA

Train WCHOY (Extra 8303 East) eases down the hill through Cabazon on November 28, 1977.

SP engine 9044 with elephant ears

Even though there are plenty of sidings on the east side of Beaumont Hill and many of them overlap making it almost double track, Beaumont Hill is still a single track railroad and trains can get bunched up. Train APECI is stopped behind train RVSSE at Fingal on February 2, 1974 waiting for the westbound fleet to clear. Engine 9044 was one of the few engines to receive the experimental "Elephant Ears" as a test before the SP ordered the Tunnel Motors. The ductwork prevented the radiator section from drawing air in near the top of the locomotive. In tunnels and snow sheds the air near the top could be twenty to fifty degrees hotter than just a few feet lower down. Drawing in the cooler air kept the engines from over-heating. Engine 9044 received its ductwork in late 1971. It was removed around 1975. Notice all of the straps that have fallen off lumber loads or empties. These straps can cut your head off when they are dangling from a moving train. I always gave SP trains plenty of room. Disk 55