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Southern Pacific Railroad unit coal train symbol SNTAC at Woodford, CA

Southern Pacific Railroad unit coal train symbol SNTAC at Woodford, CA

Train SNTAC waits out a maintenance window in the siding at Woodford on July 2, 1992. The train has engines 6847, 9262, 9243 on the point, swing helper 7491, 8545, 6859 plus engines 8025, 7421, RG3023 (GP30), and 8532 on the rear. The train has 84 loads at 10,917 tons.

Southern Pacific Railroad swing helper on unit coal train symbol SNTAC at Woodford

This signal mast was installed in 1975 when the long siding was extended eastward toward the bridge over Caliente Creek. It replaced a signal with three heads. The top signal had been for the main, the middle signal for the long siding and the lower signal was for the short siding. This signal mast with two signal heads (top for the main and lower for the short siding) was removed around 1994. At Summit the swing helper would cut off from the train and return to Bena. The train would reverse direction at Mojave and the run out to Trona with four units on the point and three units on the rear. This spot is easily accessed from the old highway that ran from Keene up to old town Tehachapi. The original road stayed west of the railroad tracks and was completed around 1915. It was paved in 1926.

Southern Pacific Railroad rear helper on unit coal train symbol SNTAC at Woodford Southern Pacific Railroad rear helper on unit coal train symbol SNTAC Southern Pacific locomotives on unit coal train symbol SNTAC

You can see that the railroad has begun ripping up the short siding. Since I had some time to kill I drove one of the crew members down to the Keene Cafe so he could buy some lunch of the rearend crew. They let me take a couple pictures from the engines. Disk 43

Southern Pacific locomotives on unit coal train engineer's view from Southern Pacific locomotive in the long siding at Woodford