After Oregon, California & Eastern was abandoned, Southern Pacific ran some trains over the line for scrapper A&K Railroad Materials. Recovered track components were marshalled at Sycan and shippe... (more)
Early in the morning at Alta, CA, four big SD45s are cut into an SP eastbound to help lift this big manifest up the western slope of Donner Pass.
The Shasta Daylight 1990 excursion crosses the massive trestle at Redding, California. After the passengers are unloaded at the passenger depot, the train will continue south to turn on the wye a... (more)
What looks like a main generator and traction motors sit in front of the SP SD40T-2 No. 7361 in UP's Burnham Shops. The big electrical gear will be installed in one or several of the many locomoti... (more)
Locomotive mechanics Cash and Ross make the final preps on a power assembly before installing it in an SP SD40M-2. The installation will take close teamwork and skill to insert the big assembly in... (more)
SP262 charges up the heavy grade at West Mitchell. The train is sitting on the longest sustained portion of 3% grade on Tennessee Pass. The head-end is about to enter a short section of the origin... (more)
Southern Pacific SD45T-2 9177 leads Milwaukee Road SD40-2s 156, 174 and 168 through Sullivan's Curve area on Cajon Pass. We spent the day chasing this power consist, which started out at the old T... (more)
A westbound lumber drag departs Klamath Falls for California. The caboose has just cleared the west switch of Texum siding, so the power is accelerating to track speed.
A southbound lumber drag curves through the Devil's Garden lava flow on the west flank of Mount Shasta.
Southern Pacific 8002 leads a hotshot autorack past a train in the siding at Cochise, Arizona, which includes former Southern 3123. Note the brakeman in the second unit, SP 7953, giving friendly ... (more)
Two SP trains, one led by SP 8538, and the other led by SP 7673, sit at the ready tracks waiting for outbound crews as the sun sets over Tucson. Photo taken with permission.
With Santa Fe's double-track main line far below, a heavy SP manifest out of West Colton roars up the steep grade of the Palmdale-Colton Cut-off. If you look closely, you can see that the SP line ... (more)
SP's Globe Local enters Safford, Arizona on a hot summer afternoon. Operation of the line was conveyed to Kyle Railways later in the year.
SP's SLO freight house late in the afternoon back in the early 70's.
SP 9019 waits patiently in the helper spur for the next eastbound train out of West Colton to arrive. Soon the helper set will be cut in to the train and begin the push east up Banning Pass.