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    Different route, same area. So I figure I can keep it on the same thread!

    My maiden voyage on Jeff Farquhar's Cima Subdivision from Yermo to Arden. We took a coal empty this morning to Arden, mostly to get familiar with the route.

    Darkness still covered the desert when we left Yermo.


    Dawn was starting to break through Afton Canyon.


    Starting the stiff 2.0%+ grade to Cima at Kelso.


    One of the mainly searchlight installments still on Cima Sub at East End Borax.


    Arden was full when we arrived, the grain train on the siding was preparing to leave. The outbound crew was hopping on as we pulled up to the yard office.


    EK

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    While hiding in my Covid 19 foxhole (while at the same time getting used to semi-retirement) I downloaded Jeff's Cima Sub route and set about doing some activity research, just for something to do. What resulted was a half dozen runs, split evenly eastbound and westbound, IM, loaded coal and grain, empty ethanol, and manifest. I used Union Pacific's instructions on tons per operative dynamic brake and best guesses on horsepower per ton. I especially wanted to get an idea how UP gets heavy westbounds down the hill to Kelso. Boy, I sweated that first trip with a 10,000+ ton train of Trona coal. But I got it balanced and down the grade at a rock solid 15 mph. That's simulated railroading at its most realistic. Thanks for sharing the pics EK...it is one heck of a route for train handling freaks like me!

    Uncle E
    Whatever's cold in my fridge is the Official Beer of Open Rails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klsc85 View Post
    While hiding in my Covid 19 foxhole (while at the same time getting used to semi-retirement) I downloaded Jeff's Cima Sub route and set about doing some activity research, just for something to do. What resulted was a half dozen runs, split evenly eastbound and westbound, IM, loaded coal and grain, empty ethanol, and manifest. I used Union Pacific's instructions on tons per operative dynamic brake and best guesses on horsepower per ton. I especially wanted to get an idea how UP gets heavy westbounds down the hill to Kelso. Boy, I sweated that first trip with a 10,000+ ton train of Trona coal. But I got it balanced and down the grade at a rock solid 15 mph. That's simulated railroading at its most realistic. Thanks for sharing the pics EK...it is one heck of a route for train handling freaks like me!
    I'm used this empty to get familiar with the route. Interestingly enough, the train handling on this route is very similar to MLT's Rogers Pass that I ran early this year (ruling grade up to 1.3% WB and 2.4% EB). There's about 3 intermodals and 2 manifests each way. There's also a loaded autorack train that runs westbound, the empties are tacked on various eastbound intermodals. Plus the occasional coal and grain traffic. Before I stray away from Cima I will be doing either a loaded grain or coal train to test my skills!

    EK

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    Came back to Yermo on an Autorack train bound for the LA/LB area.

    Coming through the bridge just east of Basin after meeting an eastbound.


    The searchlights at Field.


    Photographing from inside an abandoned Gas Station near Yermo.


    The signal bridge at West Yermo.


    Hopping off at Yermo, letting the Long Beach crew take over from here!


    EK

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    This evening, got "called" for an M-WCNPB to Arden.

    Getting ready to pull from Yermo.


    Near Field siding, the sun starting to set.


    Approaching Afton Canyon, like the sign says!


    Meeting one at Joshua siding.


    Into Arden under darkness. Time to get some sleep!


    EK

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    Excellent!

    Uncle E
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    Last night / this morning, we took the ZNPLA west with one of "Miss Katy's" leading.

    Leaving Arden, we had the MNPWC following us out of town.


    Stretching out legs out at Balch.


    Afton Canyon


    Met a grain empty at Toomey, he's waiting on both of us.


    Arrived into Yermo in record time! Ready for the outbound to go the rest of the way to LA.


    EK

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