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Cajon
 
The trip to Victorville on the Cajon subdivision covered 44.8 miles, while moving speeds averaged about 15 miles per hour (mph) for freight trains on the prototype. Allowable top speeds, due to restrictions, are 30-75 mph for passenger trains and 30-65 mph for freight trains on the prototype and our layout.

Trains were governed by a subdivision-wide restriction of 75 mph for passenger trains and 55 mph for freight trains, so freight trains ran slower than they could have over this small section of track. (One can think of lower speed limits on highways where there are narrow bridges, as an example of how this worked.)

Cajon Creek marks the beginning of the Cajon Pass.  Cajon Pass began here and enabled the Santa Fe to get through the mountains up to the Mojave Desert, which is 2000 feet higher than San Bernardino.

Here is a shot from earlier in the hour, when the eastbound California Zephyr passed on its way to San Bernardino.

 
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The helper district begins at Cajon, minutes away (18.7 miles from San Bernardino.) Our train will take on an additional engine on the uphill grade to help us reach Summit -- our next stop.

The section houses on the left are for the railroad crews and track workers who work the Cajon Pass.

This Santa Fe freight train has stopped here at Cajon, as is the practice.

Downhill freights from Summit will stop here for 10 minutes to let wheel temperatures cool. Overheated wheels can crack and wheel bearings can melt together causing a derailment. In addition, the brakeman will check brake hoses for broken connections.

 
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The Cajon station sits at the east end of the siding. Built in 1886, it was one of the original stations of the Southern California Railroad.

Here a local freight takes on water for the uphill run to Summit

 
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Helpers sit in the siding to the right, awaiting trains from San Bernardino.

Passenger trains had a helper engine added to the front of the train. Helpers on freight trains were put in front of the caboose.

 
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