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Extra 9722 East is stopped above the top end of Mojave on July 6, 1992. The track heading off to the right is the Lone Pine Branch. The Lone Pine Branch, was built by Southern Pacific in 1910 to aid in constructing the Los Angeles Aqueduct. The line connected with the Carson and Colorado Narrow Gauge Railroad at Owenyo, providing, for a time, a direct rail link between Los Angeles and the Southern Pacific's Overland Route east of Donner Pass. Today the branch ends just a little bit beyond the interchange with the Trona Railway at Searles. Disk 48
The Searles Turn was a hard train to photograph as it generally ran at night. In the 60s, the crew was usually called at 5:00PM. So it would leave Mojave around or well after sunset. After interchanging cars with the Trona Railway at Searles and switching the train, it could be back in Mojave around 3:00AM. On November 26, 1975 I saw the train leaving Mojave about 3:00PM. I knew it would be tricky trying to get a picture of the train as it would be coming right out of the sun. The only option I had was a side shot. This was taken about 15 miles northeast of Mojave. Disk 47