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    Posted September 28, 2014 by
    Kelso, California
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    The romance of trains

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    Trains across the Mojave


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JackFreer has been interested in this railroad in a remote part of the eastern Mojave Desert for years, and has many photos to prove it. He enjoys the view, and likes to watch trains approach from miles away and then disappear into the distance.
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    The Union Pacific Railroad crosses some very remote parts of the Mojave Desert along its route between Las Vegas, Nevada and Barstow, California. Several old depots with names like Nipton, Ivanpah, Cima, and Kelso were built in the early 1900s to serve as maintenance, freight and passenger stations. Passenger services at those old depots have stopped and Kelso is only used as a remote maintenance station.



    Photo 1 – The eastbound 4624 freight train slowly rumbles by the old siding at Ivanpah.


    Photo 2 – Eastbound 4624 approaching Ivanpah.


    Photo 3 – The eastbound 4624 passes a west bound freight train.


    Photo 4 – A Union Pacific maintenance truck checking the tracks east of the Kelso maintenance yard.


    Photo 5 – The Kelso passenger depot built in 1923 now serves as a museum in the Mojave National Preserve.


    Photo 6 – The Kelso depot was built using a Spanish “California Mission” building style.


    Photo 7 – The old train schedule board at the Kelso depot.


    Photo 8 – Freight cars wait for an assignment at the Kelso siding.


    Photo 9 – The westbound 7424 freight train passing the old siding at Nipton.


    Photo 10 – The eastbound 6487 freight train as seen from one of the abandoned buildings at the old Cima siding.

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