A westbound Santa Fe auto parts train leans into the super elevated curve at the east end of Esperanza siding on Santa Fe's San Bernardino to Los Angeles Third District
In the pre-wide cab era, it was generally preferable to have a minority builder (non-EMD) unit leading. In this case, I would have been happy to have those three SD26's all alone on the point of t... (more)
A BN empty coal train crests Angora hill grade 22 miles south of Alliance, NE powered by nine locomotives, 7 GEs, and 2 EMDs. The train is headed for Alliance and the north entrance to the Powder ... (more)
A BN empty coal train climbs the Angora hill grade out of Northport, NE en route to Alliance and the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. The train features 2 C30-7s, a UP SD40, a BN U30C and BN SD40-2.
On September 25, 1984, Seaboard System Extra 7091 South attains the top of the switchback at Hagans, VA. Behind the three six-motor units on the point are 90 cars of coal loaded at Merna, KY, then... (more)
Westbound BN coal empty near Vernon
In the early morning hours, a heavy Santa Fe pig train roars east through the multiple reverse curves at Cable. The lead C30-7 now has a nose akin to a U36C, since there's no as-delivered headligh... (more)
Departing Union Pacific's Bailey Yard in North Platte, Nebraska, is an eastbound with a typically ecclectic mix of power: UP C30-7 2440, Milwaukee Road SD40-2s 182 and 165, UP U30Cs 2811 and 2951... (more)
Northbound BN coal empty Monument
A westbound empty train of "common" (railroad-owned, non-unit train cars) rolls through a big reverse curve behind mixed EMD and GE six-motor power at tiny Clinchport, VA. This is NS tra... (more)
NS C30-7 8036 resting at Carbo, VA || Feb. 1987
BN power leads an empty coal train across the MP/SSW bridge at Thebes.
The rural nature of the Sandhills Sub was transformed with the advent of coal traffic - first with CTC and then extensive double-tracking such as was underway between Mullen and Whitman, NE in the... (more)