Rust has been on the rail for years, and the tracks are over-grown with weeds: this is what happens when a railroad neglects a once busy mainline, and a scene like this SD70M that would have been ... (more)
Two UP GP38's and a former Belt Rwy. leaser bring the 12th Street transfer down the elevated Lesperance Street Yard lead underneath the MacArthur Bridge complex. Canon 350D.
Power rests by the UP's Lesperance Street Yard tower on a windy night. The winds were a precursor to the devastating severe weather that would follow. Canon 350D, 28-80mm. f/4 @ 6 sec.
This UP manifest waits for a signal through Dupo yard on a somewhat unmanicured ROW. I don't think I've ever seen a main line with this many weeds. Canon 350D. 75-300mm.
UP ballast train WBTIMB 28, headed for Iron Mountain, MO, swings off the MacArthur Bridge and onto the south approach that will carry it into Lesperance St. Yard.
Well, this was worth the wait. After waiting for about 20 minutes, AASAM showed up, running around the track work, with a former Con in the lead. Canon 350D, 75-300mm.
A MNA GP40-2 sits next to the shop, while a half-dismantled CN GP40-2WL sits next to a crane on another track. Canon 350D.
A former SP tunnel motor leads this UP pig train as it snakes under the Poplar Street Bridge in the heart of the ghetto. Canon 350D, 28-80mm.
Respondek's old IT SW1200 pulls a cut of inbound cars from the terminal into the River's Edge complex. Canon 350D. 28-80mm.
With the St. Louis Arch looming in the background, MPIPB has 7 units on it today, all GE's, all were running but only 2 were online. This train had a large block of pipe loads at the head end toda... (more)
Fixing a minor rail defect at night is quite a show, here a UP MOW worker grinds down the fresh steel to rail head-level. This type of operation causes many small fires in the process.
After the work train is in the yard, the power is cut-off and the conductor guides the units into a spur where they will be stashed for the night. That GP15-1 trailing is a former FRISCO unit, bac... (more)
One of KCS's GP40-2W's, with their unique lighting arrangement, gets some attention at the former GWWR engine facilities. Canon 350D, 28-80mm.
With a trio of B39's, the Schnieder train accelerates north across Wood River while heading for a meet with MKCES just outside of Godfrey. Canon 350D.
A unit tank train, OCXTY 06, with two CSX motors on the point, pulls into Dupo to change crews and fuel-up after the first big snow.