Although General Electric power reigns on the Shasta Route today, it was exotic once upon a time. The first freight train I ever saw on the Black Butte Subdivision that had a solid set of GEs clim... (more)
At dusk, three UP trains are lined up at the west end of Tucson Yard. SP power is still very much in force, with SP 8128 West departing at right ahead of two stack trains.
SP's Worlds Fair Daylight hustles through curves along San Pablo Bay with 4449 on the point.
At dusk, an officer's special stops to detrain guests at Siskiyou siding, the peak of the grade out of Ashland over Siskyou Summit. Both of Oregon's US Senators were aboard the train. Guests board... (more)
Enroute to Wishram with a day excursion, SP 4449 passes a Little League practice in 2011. Photographers can recreate this scene this weekend when the SP 4449 returns from Bend. The Washougal field... (more)
Early on a clear Saturday morning, an eastbound SP freight trundles over the diamonds at the crossing of the Santa Fe Stockton Sub at Stockton Tower. The SP is on the railroad's Valley Line, which... (more)
Just before sunset, the conductor on SP (UP) 8563 West takes the trash out of his lead unit after arrival. The train to the right arrived at the yard right on 8563's heels.
In the 1990s, Conrail's Lehigh Line and Harrisburg Line were normally visited by freshly re-manufactured units from the Morrison-Knudsen plant at Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. A large order for Sou... (more)
At sunset, with low-nose GP9 No. 3726 in the lead, an SP Davenport Local arrives back at Watsonville Junction.
As seen from the front, SP GS4 4-8-4 No. 4449 languishes in Oaks Park. Not many years hence she'll return to the rails at the head of the American Freedom Train.
Espee's first rebuilt SD45T-2 is dead as a doornail at Dunsmuir. Before it departs on a train for Medford, the Roundhouse Foreman has stopped by to try and breathe some life into the motor.
If I could go back in time and ride a train, the Shasta Daylight would be my choice. The closest I will ever come was the first summer Saturday evening of 1984, when the Louisiana World's Fair Day... (more)
High above Donner Lake, SP 8679 West climbs the stiff grade out of Truckee toward Donner Summit.
Leaving Silver Springs, heading towards Ft. Churchill to rejoin the original Carson & Colorado right of way.
A two-unit SP helper heads downhill in fresh snow after helping a train to the summit of the Sierras.