Like a phantom out of the past, ex-SP SD45T-2 No. 9400, now in the employ of Indiana & Ohio, heads back to home rails after delivering a transfer here at Queensgate Yard. Note the placement of the... (more)
A trio of former SP SD45T-2’s lead a manifest East on the KYLE mainline in Gem, KS
On a hot, July evening, a few of us ventured out south of Kansas City to photograph the Missouri & Northern Arkansas, as word had gotten out about one of their ex-SP Tunnel Motors leading it out o... (more)
Passing the abandoned beet loader at Sargent with old style beet racks on the drawbar.
SP 6788 East, a manifest headed for the yard at West Colton, CA, grinds its way up the relentless grade at Bealville in the heart of the Tehachapi Mountains. The smooth, rounded sides of the mount... (more)
SP helper engineer and conductor make their way off their trailing unit. The BKDOU they're helping has suffered some sort of failure near the head end, and the conductor (closest to us) will walk ... (more)
At dusk, an officer's special stops to detrain guests at Siskiyou siding, the peak of the grade out of Ashland over Siskyou Summit. Both of Oregon's US Senators were aboard the train. Guests board... (more)
Espee's first rebuilt SD45T-2 is dead as a doornail at Dunsmuir. Before it departs on a train for Medford, the Roundhouse Foreman has stopped by to try and breathe some life into the motor.
Holy Grail of the Past - To see former untouched SP SD45T-2's still making revenue freight runs in 2017 is worth any drive for a railfan, and in my case over 1300 miles. Along with a former Utah R... (more)
A tired looking tunnel motor and mates lug a long train of lumber empties up the Modoc Line toward Oregon.
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)
Fresh from rebuilding in Sacramento, an SD45T-2 breaks in on the Siskiyou Line.
One of the first trains on the Modoc Line after the SP/Rio Grande merger descends the grade eastbound from Sage Hen. The last train ran here in summer 1997; this is now a hiking trail.
A Roger Puta Photograph
An eastbound train on the Modoc Line is approaching the crew change at Wendel. The line had reopened to through traffic three days earlier when Rio Grande and SP merged.