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A BUSY MORNING IS STARTING AT THE BNSF CALWA YARD IN FRESNO CA
A BUSY MORNING IS STARTING AT THE BNSF CALWA YARD IN FRESNO CA

Run8 BNSF Bakersfield Sub

Route Summary

The BNSF Bakersfield Sub covers roughly 110 miles between BNSF Bakersfield Yard in Bakersfield, CA to Calwa Yard in Fresno, California. Along the route are numerous grain facilities that are used to unload grain cars for disribution across the central valley.

Included along the the route:

40 industries

6 Grain off loading facilities

BNSF Calwa Yard

Kings Park Switching District

Lone Star Branch Line

4 Amtrak Station Stops

And Much More

 

Passenger Operations

The Bakersfield Sub sees roughly 12 passenger trains daily, 6 in each direction with an additional train in each direction on the weekends. Depicted on the route are 4 Amtrak stations going east to west; Wasco, Hanford, Corcoran, and Fresno. Hanford and Fresno are outfitted with 2 platforms.

 

TOFC OPERATIONS AT CALWA YARD
TOFC OPERATIONS AT CALWA YARD

 

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AMTRAK 711 ARRIVING AT HANFORD

 

THE RUN8 DISPATCHER SCREEN FOR OPERATIONS ON THE BNSF BAKERSFIELD SUB
THE RUN8 DS26 DS SCREEN FOR OPERATIONS ON THE BNSF BAKERSFIELD SUB

 

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Grain Operations

The California Central Valley is a major consumer of grain products mostly for animal feed and manufacturing purposes. Many of the industries that receive unit grain trains are modeled on the route many which are found in the vicinity of Kings Park, one notable grain industry, Pittman Family Farms located just north of Kings Park, where an unloading loop track can be found. The loop will fit roughly 110 cars with power. Grain trains terminating in Fresno typically drop their DPU’s at Bakersfield Yard prior to transiting on to the Bakersfield Sub.

 

Local Operations

The The Bakersfield Sub has been set up to handle 3 locals

L-CAL0314 – Built in BNSF Bakersfield Yard, it serves industries between Bakersfield and Kings Park

L-CAL0313 – Built in BNSF Calwa Yard, it serves industries between Calwa and Kings Park

R-CAL0316 – Kings Park Switcher, switches Industries around Kings Park as far south as Guernsey and Corcoran Sub.

ONE OF MANY GRAIN OPS LIKE THIS ONE AT KINGS PARK ON THE BNSF BAKERSFIELD SUB
ONE OF MANY GRAIN OPS LIKE THIS ONE AT KINGS PARK ON THE BNSF BAKERSFIELD SUB

 

BNSF EASTBOUND LEAVING FRESNO AND COMING UP ON THE CALIFORNIA HIGH SPEED RAIL PROJECT THAT HAS BEGUN
BNSF EASTBOUND LEAVING FRESNO AND COMING UP ON THE CALIFORNIA HIGH SPEED RAIL PROJECT THAT HAS BEGUN

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Branch Lines

Two branch lines are present, Lonestar is a 5.6 mile branch that starts between Una and Shafter, at the end is a large LPG plant as well as an industry set up to handle sand. The second branch line leads to the town of Alpaugh which hosts a small agricultural industry.

 

Operational Considerations

In order to prevent issues with AI spawning on the west end of the route an extra siding has been provided just to the west of the Fresno Amtrak station, called Hammond. This siding exists prototypically however on a smaller scale and is used by the SJVRR for setting out cars for the Hammond industrial spur. If any expansion further north occurs this section of trackage will be removed and reverted back to its prototypical state.

THE BNSF R-CAL0316 ROAD SWITCHER WORKING NEAR GUERNSEY
THE BNSF R-CAL0316 ROAD SWITCHER WORKING NEAR GUERNSEY

 

ITS EARLY MORNING IN THE CALIFORNIA CENTRAL VALLEY AND TWO BNSF TRAINS MEET AT ELMO
ITS EARLY MORNING IN THE CALIFORNIA CENTRAL VALLEY AND TWO BNSF TRAINS MEET AT ELMO

 

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Helpful Links to books and railroad scanners for Southern California

Southern California Local Freight Trains by Charles Freericks - RailRoadRadio.net California Central Valley

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