Three of the Trona Railway's ageing and faded SD40-2 variants busy themselves switching the sidings between Argus and West End.
A pair of RJ Corman locomotives bring a loaded coal train into Keating for interchange to NS. Locomotives:RJC 8336 SD40T-2RJC 3478 SD40-2
The low winter sun has risen enough to illuminate the rails for the passage of westbound Rio Grande train #187. Tunnel Motor #5404 leads the 5 unit set.
Engineer Mel Baughman smiles from the cab of Rio Grande EMD SD40T-2 No. 5349 at East Carbon, Utah, on February 5, 2004. Around Helper, these sullied, weary, black locomotives parked over by the en... (more)
Goodbye, MelRailroading and I lost a friend last week. Mel Baughman was born in Rifle, Colorado, on November 2, 1948, and began working for the Rio Grande in 1967, subsequently becoming... (more)
Southern Pacific 8492 east rolls by the signal tower at Wilmot while Missouri Pacific 3044 occupies the siding.
As SSW 9647 East, a BKDOU, passes on the main line, an SP work train in the south siding at Woodford picks up spikes and other metal "debris" from the right of way using a big magnet att... (more)
A trio of SD40T-2 ‘tunnel motors’ leads an empty aluminum ingot train eastbound through Bagdad, KY on RJ Corman’s former L&N “Old Road” between Louisville and Lexington.
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)
It is 5:35 in the morning at the Tucson Yard fuel racks as Rio Grande 5344 is being fueled and checked over before proceeding westbound towards Los Angeles. Photo taken with permission.
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.
While the engineer remains at the throttle of Rio Grande 5401 East, two other crewmen inspect the power. The manifest has just passed the west end of Gilluly, where curvature and a steep grade put... (more)
A trio of Rio Grande tunnel motors are putting on a show, with the Utah book-cliffs for a backdrop.
A trio of Rio Grande tunnel motors are on the Sunnyside branch with the dirt train. It's 7 years after the merge but the Rio Grande is being kept alive in Helper, Utah.
Two grimy Rio Grande SD40-T2 and a Southern Pacific SD45 work Tennessee Pass.