An empty westbound coal train cruises along the triple track just east of North Platte, paralleling a sparsely-trafficked Route 30.
Lite power from Dolores to West Colton comes off the Alameda Corridor and onto UP rails at CP East Redondo.
The rear two DPU shove this westbound coal load over the top of Thompson Hill. The gorgeous and carbon rich Book Cliffs rise over the moon like landscape of the Utah desert. Abandoned Highway 6 p... (more)
The Utah desert stretches to the horizon as UP5860 assaults Thompson Hill. Thompson was once the sight of a branch line that reached into the Book Cliffs to collect coal from now long abandoned mi... (more)
My sister lives outside of Pekin, Illinois, and I always drive by the west end of the Pekin power plant yard on the way to her house. UP head end power is usually sitting here. I just decided to... (more)
The tranquil ocean of emptiness is broken by the scream of turbo chargers against gravity. Thompson Hill, Utah
Here we see the effects of running through the 6.6 mile long Moffat Tunnel - some of the grimiest UP power I have seen waiting in the north end of the North Yard.
Southbound coal train ducks under the I-88 overpass near Rock Falls.
Right before the sun ducks behind the mountains for the day, Union Pacific no. 5595 brings up the rear of this Midlothian, TX coal load at the east end of the siding at Pinecliffe.
UP 5793 & 6263 lead an eastbound coal train through the countryside near MP 277 on UP's Marysville sub.
A westbound MTY coal train roars upgrade through Cabazon on a scorching July afternoon.
The temperature is in the mid 80's as two UP mechanics do some light maintenance on UP 5896. Pretty soon the snow will start to fly and this type of maintenance will have to be done indoors.
As the late afternoon sunshine continues to get lower behind the mountains, a West Elk Mine, CO to Midlothian, TX loaded coal train eases down the grade approaching the CO-HWY 72 crossing in Pinec... (more)
UP 5573 shows some signs of wear as it leads the priority 'Z' train across the trestle at Taggart.