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Summit
 
The tracks come together here at Summit (right foreground.) Visible at the right is a working sign which warns descending traffic by displaying 'TRAIN'.

We will let our helping engine uncouple itself from the rear of our train and take the siding ahead on the left. It will return to Cajon, by itself, if there isn't a westbound train needing the extra weight and drag of the helper to take the descending grade into Cajon and San Bernardino.
 
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The fastest eastbound freight to this point was about 2 hours and 20 minutes in 1941, which included a water stop.

During World War II, there were as many 150 trains past Summit in a single 24-hour period. There were also, once, 22 troop trains passing by in one day.

In the 1970's, one writer mentioned, you would see at least two Santa Fe trains and one-half of a Southern Pacific train for every Union Pacific train that went by. We have only one Union Pacific train and no Southern Pacific trains, although we do have an SP engine, No. 4111. We will see it a lot.

Meanwhile, we will do a brake test, which will take about 10 minutes, before heading downgrade into Victorville.
 
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This is the Decanso, which was the funeral car of the Los Angeles Railway. It was featured in the September 1951 issue of Trains magazine, as the residence of telegrapher Chard Walker, who worked the 4 pm to midnight shift. Behind it, is Perspiration Hill.

The station at Summit, until 1940, was an old coach, spotted on a spur track.. That station, burned down, starting a forest fire. Its replacement, which you see here, was brought in two pieces upon on a flatcar.
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The houses held the section gang and three telegraph operators.

 
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