SP Railroad Mojave Flyer at Tunnel 7 in the Tehachapi Mountains

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SP Railroad Mojave Flyer at Tunnel 7 in the Tehachapi Mountains

The Mojave Flyer (Extra UP 3557 East) is leaving tunnel No. 7 east of Cliff on July 12, 1979. This tunnel is 520 feet long. This train was the western connection for traffic in the Mojave area. Cars from this train and the Mojave Short (out of Taylor Yard in Los Angeles) would be switched into three trains. The Searles Turn handled the most traffic and interchanged with the Trona Railway at Searles. It was mostly empties to Searles and loads back to Mojave. The KI local handled empties to the cement plants at Creal (west of Mojave) and Monolith (east of Tehachapi). The Blitz saw the greatest variety in traffic. It operated south (railroad east) to Lancaster and Palmdale. It handled carbon black and carbon products from two plants in Kern County, chicken feed, lumber, frozen turkeys, drilling mud, and during the harvest in November and December, sugar beets. Disk 42

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