The Rio Grande had been gone for eight years and the SP for nearly a year, and an all Rio Grande powered UP coal train was still a possibility in 1997. DRGW 5342, DRGW 5395, DRGW 5505, and DRGW 54... (more)
When They Were New: If you spent any time along Union Pacific mainlines in 1997, you likely witnessed new EMD SD9043MACs on UP trains. UP 8096 and UP 8140 pull a 47 car AHNOA through Riverton on t... (more)
Having finally broken free of the storms covering the lower Wasatch Mountains, the joint UP/URY empty coal train pops into the sun just before taking the switch onto the Castle Valley Spur.
The moo cows of Murray welcome the MDVRO into the Salt Lake Valley on July 6, 1997.
The Oquirrh Mountains make for a nice backdrop for trains starting the westward journey on the LASL.
UP's once-a-week Potash Local nears the Intrepid mine at the end of the line. Truly an amazing piece of engineering, where the Colorado River, the highway, and the railroad all squeeze through a ... (more)
UP's Denver North Yard to Salt Lake City Roper Yard descends through Gilluly on its way down the former Rio Grande Soldier Summit.
Running trackage it more than likely saw when new and hauling coal trains, former SP 245 leads an empty oil train for Savage's Price River Terminal at Wash, UT.
Just a few miles north of Intrepid Potash's mine at aptly-named Potash, the Cane Creek Sub begins a 1.2% grade for northbound trains. With no load from the mine this day, the Potash Local makes e... (more)
Bloody Noses mix and mingle in Spanish Fork Canyon on June 23, 1997.
The Utah Railway Provo to Ogden RUT611 is a late evening train that generally only leaves in the daylight in the summer months. So trying to catch it in May is a real gamble. The gamble payed off ... (more)
A large group of trackmen from Helper work in unison to change out a frog at the west switch at Mounds, Utah, on the morning of May 11, 2006.
The Cane Creek Sub may not be known for its traffic density, but it is certainly known for it's scenery. The Sunday-only "Potash Local" slowly works it's way through one of the cuts jus... (more)
Some old warriors still earning their keep on the contaminated dirt train. A SD40-2 and 2 SD60M's out in Utah's east desert.
The "Potash Local" make their Sunday run towards the Cane Creek Sub at Brendel under the impressive Book Cliffs that parallel the former Rio Grande mainline in eastern Utah.