Late in the day, ATSF B23-7 No. 6410 leads a 199 up the 1.0 percent grade of Vine Hill. At one time, Vine Hill was the name of a siding the railroad had at this location. The plentiful exhaust is ... (more)
A late running Coast Starlight coming off the Suisun Bay Bridge into Martinez, CA on the way to LA.
On a hot afternoon in June 1973, Santa Fe 8712 West passes a classic signal bridge that's lost it's target signal. At this time the railroad was cutting down its signal bridges and replacing them ... (more)
As shadows start to get long in the Alhambra Valley, a westbound BNSF hot-shot crosses the Muir Trestle with three ex-Santa Fe warbonnets in the lead. In the distance at left is 3700-foot Mt. Diab... (more)
Although we were hoping for a warbonnet on the point of the 199 train in Franklin Canyon, a freshly-painted F45 was okay.
At sunset in Martinez, CA, a couple of teenagers using the Santa Fe right of way to get home seem oblivious to the danger coming up fast behind them. The engineer of 7412 West, a 199 train, is lea... (more)
The caboose end of an eastbound Santa Fe manifest hustles down the North Track at Martinez. This part of the pass is left-hand running.
A Santa Fe 189 train accelerates after passing an MOW crew at the west end of tunnel 1. SF30C No. 9530 is still wearing her distinctive paint from the failed SP-Santa Fe merger of the mid-1980s.
BNSF Among the Eucalyptus at MuirBNSF train S-OIGPEA1-17 (Intermodal Stacks; Oakland Intermodal Gateway CA to Pearland TX) rounds the curve at the east end of the large Alhambra Tre... (more)
F45 No. 5983 leads a Santa Fe 199 train across Muir Trestle late in the day, when the big hills southwest of the trestle are in dark shadow. In the consist are two recently delivered Dash 9s and a... (more)
Late on a sunny afternoon, a Santa Fe freight that left many of it cars in yards en route, climbs the foothills through Martinez toward Franklin Canyon. In the distance are the big Tosco Oil Refin... (more)
Historical Family ConnectionsA Southern Pacific freight, led by Cotton Belt SD45T-2 9165, passes through the Shell Oil Refinery (where my father worked during World War II) as it ro... (more)
A very late westbound Amtrak Southwest Chief works through Martinez on the Cajon Sub.
UP 2699 leads the West Colton to North Platte manifest east of Cajon Summit at Martinez.
BNSF's West Colton to Barstow manifest passes Martinez in the early morning.