The daily westbound SPOEVE, the only manifest that regularly runs over the Spokane to Everett ex-GN mainline, is just a few miles into the long descent down Trinidad Hill as it passes "The Cr... (more)
On the morning of July 31, 1996, a Southern Pacific coal train climbs through the Crater Loops at Crater, Colorado, on the Craig Branch. Five General Electric AC4400CWs power the train, with two o... (more)
On the morning of July 31, 1996, a Southern Pacific coal train climbs through the Crater Loops at Crater, Colorado on the Craig Branch. Five General Electric AC4400CWs power the train, with two on... (more)
A view of a CSUX coal empty climbing through the “double S curves” at Crater, Colorado, on the afternoon of July 30, 1996. The head end has lone SP No. 298, while the mid-train DPUs are Nos. 217 a... (more)
Three D&RGW SD40T-2's (with 5398 up front) lead a westbound through dramatic Rock Creek Canyon near Crater, Colo. on the Craig Branch on Sept. 27, 1989. Near the end of this canyon, out of sigh... (more)
When BNSF Chairman, President and CEO Matt Rose decides it's time to tour his railroad, he does so in style. On a spectacular spring evening in the Columbia Basin, Executive Inspection Trip O-NWES... (more)
Before I moved to Colorado I made yearly visits and I was fortunate one year to catch the EMD demo units testing on the Craig Branch. Seen here at Crater with the dynometer car.
At 7600 feet above sea level, this loaded coal train works thru the 2% grade at Crater Loops. This is a very cool area to watch trains. Hard to believe they built tracks thru this rugged part of t... (more)
An empty hopper train on the Craig Branch rolls throught the double S curves (Crater Loops) in route to the coalfields west of Steamboat Springs.
Rolling westward behind a trio of Amtrak GEs, a GrandLuxe (formerly American Orient Express) summer-2007 "Great Northwest & Rockies" excursion pops out of the cut below Railroad: AmtrakLocomotive: GE P42DCLocation: Crater, Washington, USALocomotive #: AMTK 138Train ID: UnknownPhoto Date: June 20, 2007
Early on a sunny summer morning, eastbound S-SEACHC1-07A is nearing the end of its climb from the bank of the Columbia River to the top of the plateau at Quincy. The signals the head end has just... (more)
Coal empty traverse the horse shoe at Crater on way to Phippsburg on the former Rio Grande Craig Branch