Barstow, California USA - Virtual Railfan LIVE

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  • Published on:  Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Actual Start Date: August 28, 2018
    BNSF Emergency Number: 800-832-5452

    This pair of cameras is located at the historic Barstow Harvey House, home of the Western America Railroad Museum and much more:

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    Barstow is located on BNSF Railway's Southern Transcon, the former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (AT&SF) mainline between Chicago and Los Angeles.

    Barstow is fairly busy, both with BNSF traffic on their Southern Transcon, plus traffic of the Union Pacific Railroad (UP). This is where BNSF's Needles Sub from the east becomes the Cajon Sub to the west.

    The UP's Los Angeles Sub (the former Los Angeles & Salt Lake [LA&SL]) ties into the BNSF ex-Santa Fe east of Barstow at Daggett.

    West of Barstow at Valley Junction, BNSF's Mojave Sub diverges towards Tehachapi Pass, and is another former Santa Fe route, that also sees a good deal of UP traffic.

    The (default) east camera looks towards the crossovers (switches) at control point (CP) Barstow, which is a "light-on-approach" CP, i.e., the signals are dark until a train is within the adjacent/approach signal block(s).

    There is an ATCS layout available, but with little to no server (data) coverage.

    There is a radio stream available, focused on the line to the west (Hesperia/Upper Cajon):

    When’s the next train? Yeah, we get this a lot. There’s no schedule for freight trains, but some of our more knowledgeable members will provide real-time information when it’s available. Please refrain from asking.

    Amtrak’s "Southwest Chief" stops in Barstow (BAR) twice daily: the eastbound #4 at 9:41 PM, and the westbound #3 at 3:45 AM (Pacific time zone).

    The concrete pads you see are from when there were more platform tracks here at the station (Harvey House).

    Amtrak Tracker:


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