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UPRR's Cima Sub Map and Railfan Info
Cima Hill Segment: Calada, NV to Kelso, CA


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Cima Hill Segment Superlatives

East end: Calada, NV - MP 287.0; West end: Kelso, CA - MP  236.5; Total route miles: 50.5;  CTC, Single track with sidings
Max track speed: 70 mph
Crew Change Points: None
Yards: None
Junctions: None
Highest point: 4,207' @ Cima Hill, CA; Lowest Point: 2,082' @ Kelso, CA
Radio Frequencies: AAR 27  160.515 DS-07 Las Vegas to Yermo
Train Frequency: 20-25 daily;  Train Types: Coal, Auto, Intermodal, Cement, Manifest
Amtrak : none scheduled

Overview

        As the namesake of the sub, Cima Hill provides some spectacular train watching possibilities. The climb toward Cima begins in the dry lakes at Roach in the east and Crucero to the west. Train climbing either grade have their work cut out for them.  Between Nipton and Kelso, the railroad experiences its greatest climbs and longest sustained grades. The scenery out here is great, with wonderful mountain backdrops and desert plants covering the mountain side.

        Access: There are roads, both paved and dirt that you'll use for complete access to the tracks. Many of the dirt roads are in very good shape and I've made speeds in excess of 40 mph with no trouble at all. Most will want to start exploring Cima Hill starting at Nipton, which has an exit off I-15 located about 10 miles from the state line at exit 284. This road leads into the Mojave National Preserve is how you'll get to Cima's crest, Kelso and other points along the railroad. If you are coming in from SoCal, there are roads from Baker that take you into Kelso and you can start exploring from the south. That exit off I-15 is #244 and is named Kelbaker Rd. Another way into Kelso is off of I-40 east of Barstow. Use exit #78 (the other end of Kelbaker Rd and head north.) South from this exit gets you to the BNSF's Needles Sub.

        Lodging: Unlike Vegas there isn't much out there. Nipton has a small place called the Hotel Nipton. Try the hotel's website for more info. This is the closest place along the tracks (right beside them). Lodging in Primm, NV at the casinos is close and Baker has a roach motel or two. There is always under the stars!
 


 

Cima Subdivision Table of Contents: (White background is your current page)

Picture Pages

Maps and Railfan Info

Cima Sub Main Page

Cima Sub Maps and Railfan Info Main

Nevada  (Las Vegas, NV to Calada, NV)

Nevada Segment

Cima Hill  (Nipton, CA to Kelso, CA)

Cima Hill Segment

Afton Canyon  (Flynn, CA to Dunn, CA)

Afton Cyn Segment

 Yermo  (Field, CA to Yermo, CA)

  Yermo

 


Timetable Info
Cima Subdivision (From RR East to RR West)
Nevada Stations
Mile Post
Speed Limit
Siding Lengths
Las Vegas
334.3
20
3 Mains (Yard)
Wyoming St
332.7
60
2 Mains
Sands Ave
330.5
40
2 Mains
Bracken (retired)
329.1
60
2 Mains
Tropicana Ave
328.6
60
2 Mains
Boulder Jct.
327.8
60
2 Mains
Maule
362.4
60
2 Mains
Arden
323.9 / 321.3
60
8467' (mini-yard)
Bard (Unofficial)
317.0
40
No Siding
Sloan
315.3 / 314.0
30
6282'
Erie
310.0 / 308.1
60
8843'
* Detector *
307.0
 
 
Sutor (Unofficial)
304.0
70
No Siding
Jean
301.9 / 3007
70
5721'
Borax
297.0 / 295.8
70
5792'
California Stations
 
 
 
Calada (siding is in both states) 
288.8 / 287.0
70
8791'
Nipton
278.2 / 276.9
70
5767'
*Detector*
273.7
   
Moore
273.0 / 271.8
70
5765'
Ivanpah
268.0 / 266.0
70
9835'
Brant
263.9 / 262.8
70
5751'
Joshua
258.5 / 257.2
70
6066'
* Detector *
256.0
 
 
Cima
254.6 / 253.3
45
2 Mains (north 6266') (south 9862')
Chase
251.1 / 249.8
70
5765'
Elora
247.9 / 246.7
45
5780'
Dawes
243.9 / 242.0
70
9025'
Hayden
240.0 / 238.7
70
5780'
Kelso
236.5 / 234.5
70
2 Mains (North & South 9190') (mini-yard)
Flynn (retired)
230.3
70
No siding
Kerens
226.7 / 225.4
70
5754'
Sands
219.5 / 217.7
70
9017'
Balch
212.2 / 211.0
70
5765'
* Detector *
209.2
 
 
Crucero
204.2 / 202.9
70
5775'
Basin
197.6 / 196.3
40
6196'
Afton
191.8
60
Spur only
* Detector *
190.4
 
 
Dunn
188.0 / 186.1
60
9529'
Field
182.9 / 181.7
70
5760'
Manix
178.2 / 176.9
70
5775'
* Detector *
175.3
 
 
Toomey
168.7
40
2 Mains
Minneola
166.4
40
2 Mains
East Yermo
163.8
40
2 Mains
Yermo
162.0
20
2 Mains (Yard)


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