A Southern Pacific work train departs Sycan Shop on the abandoned Oregon, California & Eastern with a trainload of salvaged track material.
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)
Rounding Coxo Curve, 489 and train head upgrade towards Cumbres.
A solid set of Rio Grande power hustles the Blue Streak Merchandise Fast Forward westbound across the Pantano Bridge, which is located east of Tuscon.
Race to Helper
An eastbound Rio Grande intermodal train and the Rio Grande Zephyr are side by side as they descend Price River Canyon. When the Zephyr makes its stati... (more)
Descending through the Price River Canyon, the eastbound Rio Grande Zephyr is about to enter one of the tunnels near Kyune, Utah.
I’ve never regretted any train ride that I’ve taken, although I usually am thinking about the photos that I’m missing while on board the train, and I don’t make a priority of riding for that reaso... (more)
Barreling west toward Cumbres Pass. D&RGW Locomotive 315 charges upgrade, passing Los Pinos Tank on the westbound run to Cumbres Pass. Los Pinos Tank is operational and often used by sma... (more)
Rio Grande 5512 West creeps up the siding at Una Co.
Waking up the Chama Valley. With the alpine sunrise now just minutes away, our early morning Cumbres Turn charges up the 4% toward Coxo Crossing, with her stack beats echoing across the en... (more)
Early morning Cumbres Turn. The sun is still perhaps 30 minutes or more from cresting the hills to the east, but the crew of this D&RGW K-36 has already been up for hours putting together ... (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.
Tanks for the memories! A line-up of 6 Union Tank Car Company (UTLX), narrow frame tanks sit idle in front of the old Gramps Oil Loading Dock in the Chama Yard in early October of 2016. ... (more)