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Photo ID: 287871

A northbound SP 4449 special takes water at the water plug at Black Butte. The SP maintained plugs at Black Butte and Wicopee for filling fire train tank cars. Both are now gone. I like how the... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Weed, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 4449
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May, 1981


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By: John West

Added: Jun 18, 2009

Views: 3,357
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Photo ID: 287860

A northbound Upper Canada Railway Society special from Toronto to Gravenhurst with 4-8-4 CN 6218 meets the eastbound Super Continental at Washago. I understand this area is now down to a single tr... (more)

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: GMD FP9A
Location: Washago, Ontario, Canada
Locomotive #: CN 6516
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 13, 1967


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By: John West

Added: Jun 18, 2009

Views: 7,426
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Favorited: 45

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Photo ID: 287763

This is one of my favorite rotary shots. That is C&TS veteran Earl Knob carefully watching the progress of OY. Soon he would be starring at us through the snow trying to figure out what these idio... (more)

Railroad: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Locomotive: None
Location: Antonito, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May, 1997


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By: John West

Added: Jun 17, 2009

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Comments: 7

Favorited: 68

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Photo ID: 287427

Following a flanger spreader train that will help clear the new snow over Cumbres, the 480 leads the regular doubleheaded Monday freight west past the Alamosa yard limits.

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Alamosa, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 480
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December, 1961


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By: John West

Added: Jun 15, 2009

Views: 4,099
Comments: 1

Favorited: 21

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Photo ID: 286914

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW)
Location: East Glacier, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 5096
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 11, 2008


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By: John West

Added: Jun 09, 2009

Views: 2,162
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Favorited: 11

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Photo ID: 285517

C&TS 489, lettered for the DRGW, slogs up the 4 percent grade toward Cumbres Pass on a cold and wet spring day. It is the second Chama train of a new season. It has been a tough day, with slick ... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Antonito, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 489
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 24, 2009


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By: John West

Added: May 29, 2009

Views: 3,036
Comments: 1

Favorited: 11

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Photo ID: 283367

The UP 844 does a "runby" while in a siding waiting to be overtaken by one of the "Cities". The 844 was enroute west from Cheyenne to Ogden with a Pacific Coast Chapter, R&LHS special returning f... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Table Rock, Wyoming, USA
Locomotive #: UP 844
Train ID: Extra 844 west
Photo Date: November 11, 1961


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By: John West

Added: May 11, 2009

Views: 6,034
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Favorited: 36

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Photo ID: 282737

SP Track One over Donner Pass, the original Central Pacific route, dramaticaly showed what the CP was up against when it built over Donner in 1866 with hand tools and black powder. But being on a... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Norden, California, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: October, 1989


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By: John West

Added: May 05, 2009

People's Choice 4

Views: 12,421
Comments: 7

Favorited: 80

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Photo ID: 281666

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Andover, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 844
Train ID: SSPRV-17
Photo Date: April 17, 2009


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By: John West

Added: Apr 27, 2009

Views: 3,522
Comments: 6

Favorited: 28

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Photo ID: 281069

Jake's place. A pleasant morning in Germany's Harz mountains with a recreation of a dimunitive DR freight train. And my thanks to Jake Birkinshaw for leading us to this spot.

Railroad: Deutsche Reichsbahn
Locomotive: Steam 0-6-0
Location: Gernrode, Germany
Locomotive #: DR 99 6101-2
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 04, 2009


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By: John West

Added: Apr 23, 2009

Views: 6,728
Comments: 9

Favorited: 43

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Photo ID: 280414

Our reservation at the Nugget hotel in Sparks requested a room with a view of the rail yard. When we checked in the desk clerk volunteered that a higher floor would provide a better view. When w... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Sparks, Nevada, USA
Locomotive #: UP 844
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 17, 2009


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By: John West

Added: Apr 18, 2009

Views: 5,672
Comments: 8

Favorited: 29

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Photo ID: 279937

In the days before German reunification, a coal train between Nordhausen and Silberhutte on the Harz narrow gauge line was the last regularly scheduled steam doubleheader on the DR. FarRails Tour... (more)

Railroad: Deutsche Reichsbahn
Locomotive: 2-10-2T
Location: Nordhausen, Germany
Locomotive #: DR 99 7243-1
Train ID: FarRails Tours charter
Photo Date: April 03, 2009


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By: John West

Added: Apr 14, 2009

Views: 3,117
Comments: 3

Favorited: 13

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Photo ID: 279156

Because of all its glass and soaring ceilings, the new Berlin Main Station was described by one magazine as a "cathedral for trains". It must be one of the most impressive railway stations in the... (more)

Railroad: DB AG
Locomotive: None
Location: Berlin, Germany
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March 29, 2009


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By: John West

Added: Apr 08, 2009

Views: 1,911
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Favorited: 3

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Photo ID: 277451

I believe the C&S steam operation on the isolated Climax branch may have been the last regular use of standard gauge steam on a Class I in the U.S. As I remember the story, the C&S continued to us... (more)

Railroad: Colorado & Southern
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-0
Location: Leadville, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: C&S 641
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December, 1961


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By: John West

Added: Mar 26, 2009

Views: 6,339
Comments: 3

Favorited: 35

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Photo ID: 277356

Mixed train daily. Except for the semaphores, this is a pretty ordinary picture. But what I find interesting eight years later is what is on the rear of the train, a long mixture of material han... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 5
Train ID: AMTK 3
Photo Date: February, 2001


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By: John West

Added: Mar 25, 2009

Views: 4,296
Comments: 1

Favorited: 14

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