1956 I met my future wife while a first year student at the Loma
Linda University School of Dentistry in Southern California.
Vangie's family lived near Madera, California; accordingly we made
several trips to Central California from Loma Linda at that time.
It was my first awareness that such a thing as
Tehachapi Pass even existed, however, the only experience on the pass in
the 1950's was a ride from Bakersfield to Mojave via the San Joaquin
Daylight in November 1959. A 2 year stint with the USPHS/USCG in
the east from 1960-62 and the demands on my time required by a young
family and establishing and maintaining a dental practice kept me
busy and away from the "pass". That all changed in
December 1974 when the first trip was made to Tehachapi Pass for the
sole purpose of watching and photographing the trains. It
was love at first sight; I was hooked. For the next 20 or more
years Tehachapi Pass was visited regularly; these SP and ATSF photos
are but a very small representation of the images captured there.
Bowen, Exeter, CA, 03/02