On a cold and Cloudy New Years Day of 2014, I was lucky enough to catch the Piedmont & Northern in operation. Here they are seen passing under Main Street just outside of Lowell, NC.
UPY 625 (GP15-1) and UP 9769 (Dash9) team up for an afternoon of sorting freight cars and agitating the feeding pigeons, who have found the yards to be a veritable buffet of contents spilled from ... (more)
With the emergence of remote control engineers, there appears to be no need to man the control tower overlooking the Union Pacific's North Yard - at least I have yet to see anyone up there. I bet... (more)
A trio of UP GP15-1’s (all ex-Missouri Pacific engines) work the 36th Street Yard. You can often find a number of these 30+ year-old ‘baby tunnel motor’ engines working the North and 36th Street y... (more)
Two Union Pacific remote control engineers head to the North Yard with UPY 625 (GP15-1) and UP 9769 (Dash944CW).
A new engine for the data base is UPY 546 (GP15-1), seen here sorting a string of grain cars in the North Yard.
The North Yard is active, with nearly every track holding cars.
UPY 629 (GP15-1) and partner are the 'monkey in the middle', sandwiched between two strings of freight.
Richmond Pacific coal job at work in Richmond.
Two weeks after this photo was taken, the Mare Island Rail Service (a subsidiary of Tri-City & Olympia Railroad) ceased operations on Mare Island when their operating contract was cancelled. Show... (more)
A UP remote control engineer brings his engine into the North Yard.
Spotting empty gons.
The crew has just extracted 3 empties from the Berry Plastics Corporation, and are now shoving the remaining cars plus one additional car back.
The down side of shuffling freight cars via remote control engines is that the operator typically has to stand outside, and in the winter time in Colorado that means subfreezing temperatures.