Chard Walker hardcover
The busy and dramatic Cajon Pass, entrance and exit for Southern California traffic of both the Santa Fe and Union Pacific, has never been better presented than by the long-time Summit operator, Chard Walker. In 1885, the California Southern Railroad, backed by the Santa Fe, completed its route through Cajon Pass, creating the legendary rail passage to the Pacific that survives today as a great artery of commerce. In 1905 Union Pacific became a tenant of the Pass, and in 1967 Southern Pacific built its own trackage over almost the same route. The construction and particularly the operation of this line, down through the years, are presented in some detail in this book. This is the complete story of Cajon Pass in words and photos, augmented by the superb cartography of John Signor. This book takes you from the very beginning up to the 1980s; the lore was gathered and the facts written by a railroader and railfan who was there at the right time.