Dynamic brakes whine as a long train of empty hoppers snakes downgrade past the other-worldly landscape of the Searles Valley and Trona Pinnacles.
A warm easterly breeze flattens the exhaust from six Trona Railway SD40s as they toil upgrade past the Trona Pinnacles.
Trona Railway SD40T-2 #2005 leads a train of loaded soda ash toward the Union Pacific interchange at Searles, as it passes the Westend chemical complex in Trona.
It's always exciting to find that a train is running on the Trona Railway, as it generally means there'll be several opportunities to see (and hear) some battle-scarred old SD40s giving it their a... (more)
Just before sunset and with their work done for the day, six Trona Railway SD40s head back down the Searles Valley and past the exotic geology of the Trona Pinnacles.
On a warm but windy afternoon with storm clouds building to the south, a long load of empties descends the thirty-or-so miles from Searles to Trona behind six of the Trona Railway's vintage EMDs.
After a long afternoon of waiting, the Trona Railway finally quells the increasing level of frustration - and just in the nick of time! With only a minute or two to go before sundown, a headlight ... (more)
With its Southern Pacific lettering still faintly visible, a Trona Railway SD40T-2 leads a pair of ex-Union Pacific SD40-2s as they switch cars between Argus and West End, just south of Trona.
Three of the Trona Railway's ageing and faded SD40-2 variants busy themselves switching the sidings between Argus and West End.
After running light-engines up to Searles yard to pick up fifty coal loads, three Trona Railway EMDs return to the Argus facility near Trona on a warm and slightly hazy October afternoon.
Led by a foursome of aged and weathered EMD veterans the daily local from Trona to Searles is slowly climbing out of the Searles Valley. Westend Facility, Lake Searles and in the background Trona ... (more)
On the return trip to Searles Valley, the Trona Railway is seen passing the famous Trona Pinnacles.