In 2005, Devore is the location at the foot of Cajon Pass where the UP (ex-SP) Colton-Palmdale Cutoff line (Mojave Subdivision) comes alongside the BNSF (ex-Santa Fe) line (Cajon Subdivision) on its west side, both lines pass over Glen Helen Parkway at grade, under I-15, and cross Cajon Creek on multi-span girder bridges. Other than as a place to observe passing trains with easy road access, there is little of railroad interest remaining in this location.

In 1950, only two of those items were present (the Santa Fe creek crossing and the grade-level road crossing, and the road had a different name! Yet Devore was a thriving railroad location at milepost 71.0, a little over ten miles north (“east”) of San Bernardino, on the First District of Santa Fe’s Los Angeles Division.


General Layout

Devore had a 126 car westbound siding and a 128 car eastbound siding, along with the double track operated under rule 251 (with left-hand running) and east and west crossovers between the tracks.


Track layout and Gradient Profile at Devore



The depot at Devore was a two-storey concrete combination building, 24’x72’ at ground level, 24’x42’ at second level, built in 1908 and demolished 1949. The agency had been closed in 1928. The depot appears, from a photograph, to have been between tracks at Devore.

Gustafson & Serpico, Coast Lines Depots—Los Angeles Division




Downhill (westbound) freight trains stopped to cool their wheels at Devore, after descending the grade from Summit with a full brake application.

On uphill (eastbound) trains, helpers indicated by whistle signals at Devore if they needed to stop for water at Keenbrook.