BNSF 7902 leads a loaded intermodal through the famous “Sullivan’s Curve”…


September 27, 2011 – BNSF 7902 leads a loaded intermodal through the famous “Sullivan’s Curve” as it heads north up the Cajon Pass in southern California.

“Sullivans Curve is where the Union Pacific Palmdale Cutoff, and the BNSF mains 1 and 2 curve in a large horseshoe curve directly next to some large, rather impressive, rock formations. Promotional photos taken at this curve for the Santa Fe in the 1930’s through the 1950’s by photographer Herb Sullivan were fantastic, and made famous by their composition. The curve that he used so frequently was named in his honor, and rightfully so.”

BNSF Freight northbound in Cajon Pass, CA


September 27, 2011 – The sun begins to dip in the sky as a loaded BNSF freight train heads north up the grade in the Cajon Pass in southern California, approaching the Summit of the pass as BNSF 7726 leads the way. Shooting directly into the sun can cause many exposure issues, but if you get it right it can make for some spectacular photographs.

I shot this as a RAW file on a Nikon D700 Full Frame Camera and exposed more for the sun, but made sure I still had enough exposure in the midtones by checking my histogram.

By doing this I was able to bring the highlights down in RAW to bring the sun more in line with the rest of the photo and also used a gradient filter to help control the brightness of the sky. I also opened up the shadows in RAW to bring out the detail my sensor captured there, resulting is this final scene.

BNSF in Cajon Pass with 4 different paint schemes, Cajon, CA

June 19, 2006 – A complete mashup of BNSF power, with different paint schemes, move a mixed freight train southbound down the Cajon Pass in southern California with a couple helpers on the rear, in this view from the famous train watching spot called Hill 582.

Norfolk Southern 9943 at Tehachapi Mountains, Bealville, CA

June 24, 2006 – It’s a hot, dry day as Norfolk Southern 9943, in gray primer paint, heads up a Union Pacific freight train as it makes it’s way through the Tehachapi Mountains at Bealville, California as it heads toward the famous Tehachapi Loop.NS 9943 at Tehachapi Mountains, Bealville, CA

Union Pacific 5377 northbound in Cajon Pass, Ca…

June 19, 2006 – IN reworking my drive storage system this weekend I stumbled across this shot of Union Pacific 5377 leading a autorack train up the grade at Cajon Pass, California that I shot with my then state-of-the-art Nikon D200!! I’ve been shooting RAW with my cameras since it was available and I’m glad I did! I was able to apply my style to this photograph that I shot over 11 years ago because of it! I think it turned out nicely myself!! #jimstrainphotos #californiarailroads #trains #nikond200 #railroad #railroads #train #railways #railway #unionpacificrailroad

UP 8444 and SP 4449 headed up Cajon Pass, California

May 8, 1989 – Throwback Saturday! This is a scan from a slide I made of Southern Pacific’s 4449 and Union Pacific’s 8444 (now 844) as they headed up the Cajon Pass in southern California. This was after they were on display for the 50th Anniversary of Los Angeles Union Station in 1989. It was an amazing thing to watch, photograph and chase!