July 2000 finds me watching trains on the UP Spineline in central Iowa. A northbound empty grain train races towards Mason City as they blow past Bradford. The sun and clouds were barely working i... (more)
The temperature is in single digits as a manifest heads east on the Modoc Line.
Still in it's SP colors, IORY SD45T-2 9400 leads a southbound train on a rainy day in Delta, Ohio. I was enroute to Chicago when I spotted this train from the turnpike and a made a quick exit to g... (more)
The 1979 Pacific Railroad Society "Mountain Outin" passenger special, with Amtrak SDP40F 518 and 517, is rolling westbound towards Bakersfield through Cable, when suddenly Cotton Belt 9295 came ro... (more)
SP 9234 West meets an eastbound shy of a crossover west of Indio, CA, on the Sunset Route. The westbound's conductor is out of sight to the right of the photo giving the eastbound a roll-by. As th... (more)
A colorful consist of Cotton Belt 9381, WC 6498 and CNW 6819 leads an eastbound manifest out of Tucson. Plenty of pool power rolled across the Sunset Route during the 1990s.
SP 9177 East, a long manifest that takes up the entire horseshoe and then some, exits Allard as it attacks the grade here at the Tejon Ranch with the assistance of a three-unit helper. In the days... (more)
Coming off the summit of Tehachapi Pass, SP 6863 East rides the hogbacks at Eric as it approaches the narrow canyon or "defile" at Cameron that will take it to the Mojave Desert. In the ... (more)
Having crested the summit at Mescal, Cotton Belt 8091 is beginning to accelerate east down the hill towards Benson, while SP 9333 continues to grind up the hill with the westbound Blue Streak Merc... (more)
A late running Coast Starlight coming off the Suisun Bay Bridge into Martinez, CA on the way to LA.
SP 9197 leads a westbound through Vail and will soon be in the Tucson yard for a crew change. This section of the SP Sunset Route was also called "the stormy", due to the summer monsoons which bui... (more)
This SP freight has left Caliente behind and is climbing towards Tunnel 1 on Tehachapi Pass.
SP 6767 leads an interesting mix of motive power westbound between San Simon and Bowie, Arizona.
The east end of NRE's yard in Silvis always has interesting stuff about, and with a ex-SSW tunnel motor and some ex-CP SD40-2s, this day is no different.
IR tunnel motor 9238 rests in Ottawa.