Sunday, 24 March 2013

Day 8 - Tehachapi exploration

Being based out of Mojave, it's only a 20 minute drive to Tehachapi and the accommodation is a lot cheaper. Apart from that, you can hear the trains rumbling past in the middle of the night and the sunrises are spectacular.

Today was full on and very busy - I took over 250 photos and filmed 15 trains from Caliente, Bealville, Tunnel 2 and Tehachapi Loop. There were a lot more than 15 trains though, and it was a case of being in the right place at the right time.

The weather was fine and warm and I got my third layer of sunburn.

Not much more to say other than we are burning through a lot of fuel with all this hill climbing. Can't wait to get back onto flat land.

Piccies below:


  1. Just in case you run into problems with the local gestopo, Lawsuit Establishes Railfan Photographers' Rights
    March 23rd, 2013
    In August 2010 Railfan magazine editor Steve Barry and Mike Burkhart were photographing the New York subway system at the Broad Channel station in Queens, N.Y., as they waited for a New York Transit Museum fan trip of vintage cars to arrive. While they were photographing trains, a police officer approached and advised them that it's illegal to photograph in the subway. Barry asked what statute they were violating, whereupon the officer demanded identification; Barry provided his name and address, but after discovering Barryt did not have ID in his possession, the officer handcuffed and searched him. Barry and Burkhart were detained for a half hour, Barry in cuffs, and they were ultimately issued summonses for taking unauthorized photos, while Barry was given a summons for violating a Transit Authority rule that requires riders to carry ID. (The rule the officer cited as the basis for the arrests says that photograpy is allowed on the subway.)

    After the New York City Transit Authority Bureau ultimately dismissed the charges, the pair approached the American Civil Liberties Union, which took the case in order to defend the public's right to photograph the subway system and to not be required to carry ID. The ACLU argued that the NYCTA requirement for passengers to carry ID is unconstitutional; over 6500 people have been ticketed for not having ID over the past ten years. Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled in Barry's and Burkhart's favor. An ACLU attorney said, “It’s past time for the NYPD to learn about the Constitution and stop harassing and even arresting people for exercising their basic rights.”

    — Railfan & Railroad

    1. Thanks Jim. No problems encountered on the entire trip, other than "Mr No-neck" security guard at Cajon checking to ensure we had permits and telling us to not cross the tracks at privately owned BNSF grade crossings. We didn't have a map that identified how far we were allowed to drive within Cajon as the roads go all over the place so did as we were told.