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AMTRAK'S #1 SUNSET LIMITED CROSSING THE LA RIVER AT MISSION JUNCTION
AMTRAK'S #1 SUNSET LIMITED CROSSING THE LA RIVER AT MISSION JUNCTION

Run8 BNSF San Bernardino Sub

Route Features

Most of the LA basin including;

• Over 320 Industries

• BNSF San Bernardino Sub

• BNSF Hobart Yard

• BNSF\ Amtrak LA Yard

• BNSF Local Yards - Porphyry (Corona), La Mirada, LAJ A, B, and C Yards

• LA Union Station

• Mission Tower

 

• Over 30 BNSF and UP Local Operations

• Several Amtrak Operations - Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, Coast Starlight

• UP Alhambra Sub

• UP East LA Yard\TOFC

• UP City of Industry Yard\TOFC

• UP LATC Yard\TOFC

• UP Local Yards - Weeds, 4th Street, J Yard, Los Nietos

• Fullerton Station

• Redondo Flyover

 

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THE RUN8 DISPATCHER SCREEN FOR OPERATIONS ON THE BNSF SAN BERNARDINO SUB
THE RUN8 DISPATCHER SCREEN FOR OPERATIONS ON THE BNSF SAN BERNARDINO SUB

 

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Route Notes

Run8's BNSF San Bernardino Sub covers an area of Southern California between San Bernardino\Colton and Los Angeles (Hobart Yard). This line was originally laid by ATSF (Santa Fe) as part of their trans-con line.

The original scope of this project was the BNSF mainline between San Bernardino and Hobart, inlcuding LAUPT for Amtrak. However, we extended the original scope to also include Union Pacific and the LAJ. You will notice that there are extra areas outside of this scope, as we have intention for them in future projects.

Because this area includes Los Angeles, certain development difficulties arise, such as:

• Which Era to simulate?

• Constantly-changing track alignments on mainlines

• Railroad Mergers, and the fact the originally, three major railroads had a criss-crossing network of track all over the place

• Industries served by rail constantly coming and going from year to year

• The vastness and density of this region in terms of urban sprawl

In creating the San Bernardino Sub (SBD), we have laid and relaid several areas of this route at least three times in trying to come up with the best overall mix considering the above considerations considerably with great consideration.

BNSF WB INTERMODAL AT FULLERTON STATION
BNSF WB INTERMODAL AT FULLERTON STATION

 

 

Route Notes Continued

Three Railroads (not counting LAJ, MetroLink and Amtrak!)

The orignal (and main) scope of this project is of course the BNSF mainline, however, this creates a problem in that the Union Pacific originally had trackage-rights over the ATSF between Yermo and West Riverside, after which time the UP diverged off the ATSF and continued into LA on its own line (the UP Los Angeles Sub). Adding to this problem is the fact that for several miles, this UP line paralleled the old SP Alhambra Sub. It is almost impossible to do one line without doing all three of them.

And then there were two...

During the 1990's, two major mergers\buyouts occurred; the UP bought the SP, and the ATSF and BN railroads merged to form BNSF. The UP\SP combination created the most consequences for this project.


Because of the UP\SP buyout, the SP Alhambra Sub (connecting West Colton Yard to Los Angeles) and the orignal UP Los Angeles Sub became a bit redundant. UP ran these two lines (and still does today), sometimes in a more or less directional arrangement. But for the most part, these two lines are parallel, serving the same areas between roughly Ontario and Los Angeles.

A UP COAL TRAIN MEETS A BNSF Z TRAIN NEAR THE COMMERCE REFULING FACILITY
A UP COAL TRAIN MEETS A BNSF Z TRAIN NEAR THE COMMERCE REFULING FACILITY

 

 

LOOKING WEST NEAR THE WEST END OF BNSF HOBART YARD WHICH FEATURES A MASSIVE TOFC OPERATION
LOOKING WEST NEAR THE WEST END OF BNSF HOBART YARD WHICH FEATURES A MASSIVE TOFC OPERATION

 

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Route Notes Continued

UP\SP Alhambra Sub

Due to the vastness of the LA and Inland-Empire region, we chose to leave out the UP Los Angeles Sub, and add the Alhambra Sub instead. For Run8's purposes, this:

• gives our existing West Colton Yard much more purpose, connecting it to LA

• Allows operation of both UP and SP equipment in our current roster

• ties in better with future projects eminating from LA

• allows a more prominent UP operation within Run8


The Southern Pacific Railroad was pretty much the original railroad in Los Angeles, and had a huge operation there. Some of this still exists today, albeit in different form. The ex-SP Alhambra Sub simply works better for our purposes.

UP EAST LA TOFC YARD
UP EAST LA TOFC YARD

 

 

AMTRAK #4 SOUTHWEST CHIEF PASSING THE AMTRAK YARD NEAR REDONDO JCT AND THE LA RIVER
AMTRAK #4 SOUTHWEST CHIEF PASSING THE AMTRAK YARD NEAR REDONDO JCT AND THE LA RIVER

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Southern California Local Freight Trains by Charles Freericks - RailRoadRadio.net LA Area

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