Leaving the canyon. Observing the permanent slow order associated with the High Line, DSNG Locomotive 486 brings Train 464 out of the Animas Canyon and the San Juan National Forest, on the ... (more)
Drifting down to Hermosa. DSNG Locomotive #486 is just drifting down the last of the 2.5% grade from Rockwood, as she blows for the US 550 Crossing at Hermosa, Colorado. With just about 3... (more)
Now arriving from Durango....The Sil-ver-ton! It's just past noon and Train 462, the second of two daily departures from Durango is passing the 1882-vintage D&RGW depot in Silverton, Colora... (more)
There's a reason for all of those signs..... Durango & Silverton K-36 Locomotive #486 emerges from the south entrance of the Rockwood Cut with Train 464 from Silverton, and slows for a stat... (more)
"Big Joe" tamper at work. As I've noted many times, the crews at the WW&F strive to authentically re-create 2 ft. railroading in the early 1900s. Wherever possible, they attempt ... (more)
Lining and leveling....the old fashioned way. A WW&F Section Gang gives a hard heave into their lining bars as Road Foreman Dana Deering (kneeling in the gauge) watches with a keen eye to v... (more)
Fire Up 611's Cheri George. If you enjoyed seeing the beautiful Norfolk & Western J-Class #611 out on the high iron this summer, here's one of the people you can thank. Cheri George, a Geo... (more)
Bedtime for 611. The photo shoot is over, the actors are gone and the photographers are already headed for the parking lot. The crew from Fire-up 611 moves in to secure the engine for the ... (more)
Living on borrowed time.... With her days of service numbered, a Norfolk & Western J-Class Steam Locomotive is in the care of the night hostlers as a leased diesel-electric cab unit approac... (more)
Southbound Powhatan Arrow. Reaching the south end of the yard, the Conductor calls the "highball" and the nearly 400-ton J-Class begins to accelerate her "Powhatan Arrow"... (more)
Freight hog 611? Norfolk & Western 611 chugs slowly through the north end of the yard in Spencer, NC, hauling a short mixed freight. It almost seems to be heresy that the "ultimate st... (more)
Protectors of the rails. NS Security Personnel pose with Norfolk & Western J-Class #611 as official photographers, including Casey Thomason (left) document the event.
Let it shine! Members of the Fire-up 611 Crew take advantage of a little down-time to wipe away a morning's worth of accumulated soot on their big Northern, in preparation for an afternoon ... (more)
Last minute orders. An N&W Agent hoops up a last-minute update to train orders as the crew of a J-Class Northern departs the Spencer Yard with a north-bound freight.
Relics of a Golden Age. A pair of classic automobiles pause for the passage of a Norfolk & Western mixed train, headed up by a streamlined, J-Class Locomotive that is a classic in its own r... (more)